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AOA Dual Program is transitioning to the ACGME Osteopathic Focused Track

Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency is an American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program with a total of 54 positions (18 per residency class). 

Osteopathic residents began training at Via Christi in 2004. Since 2009, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has granted Dual Accreditation for all of the DO residents in our program. 

In 2015, the ACGME and AOA began merging their systems into the Single Accreditation System (SAS). ACGME accredited programs are now eligible for Osteopathic Recognition if they create an Osteopathic Focused Track within their program. AOA accreditation will cease to exist on July 1, 2020. 

To prepare for this transition, Via Christi has obtained Initial Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME, effective July 1, 2015. Our final AOA accredited class started training in 2016. These residents will graduate from the program in 2019. All future interested residents, including graduates from allopathic (LCME accredited) medical schools, will be eligible to join the Osteopathic Focused Track. Graduates of COCA accredited medical schools who complete the Osteopathic Focused Track will be eligible for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) Certification Examination, as well as the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certification Examination. All residents are required to take at least one of these board certification examinations. We currently have a 100 percent first-time take pass rate on the AOBFP exam.

For questions about these or any other AOA-related issues, you may contact Andrew Porter, DO.