The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, nonprofit organization responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States. Similarly, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredits post-DO medical training programs. Training programs seeking accreditation will need to substantially comply with the ACGME or AOA common and specialty-specific program requirements and then complete applications for accreditation.
The ACGME and AOA have a single accreditation system that allows graduates from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and fellowship training in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.
All program directors will need to become familiar with the following key documents available on the ACGME and AOA websites in order to apply for accreditation and complete the application:
Program Requirements (institutional and common requirements that apply to all specialties and subspecialties)
Subspecialty Program Requirements (specific requirements for HPM programs)
Companion Document (core competencies for HPM fellowship training)
Preparing Your ACGME Application
View ACGME hospice and palliative medicine program application instructions. Applications will be accepted from programs whose Sponsoring Institution also sponsors an ACGME-accredited program in at least one of the following specialties: anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, or radiation oncology.
For hospice and palliative medicine, the work of reviewing specific programs and making accreditation decisions will be carried out by the ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the fellowship's respective core program. Applications judged to be noncompliant with the requirements will have the opportunity to respond to the RRC's concerns and citations.