Graduate Medical Training for MDs, DOs to Undergo Single Accreditation

The American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine joined the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Jan. 1 move was a first step toward the creation of a single graduate medical education accreditation system in the United States, according to the ACGME. On July 1, AOA-accredited programs will start to transition to ACGME accreditation over a five-year period.The partnership was endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and two medical specialty groups.

Medical residents inundated with job solicitations

More than 60 percent of medical school residents completing their training received 50 or more job solicitations, and 46 percent received 100 or more, according to a survey of about 1,200 residents completed by search firm Merritt Hawkins. The large number of inquiries is tied to the physician shortage currently in place, according to Merritt Hawkins. Other survey results showed that geography, personal time and lifestyle were the leading “Most Important” considerations when considering a job. The factors most frequently cited as being “Least Important” were loan forgiveness, working in a low malpractice area and proximity to family.

Toolkit on advanced nursing unveiled by alliance

Background, statistics and links to research and experts are included in a seven-page wrap-up of the current state of affairs in graduate nursing produced by the Alliance for Health Reform, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP. The toolkit, called “Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System: The Role of Graduate Nursing Education,” is designed to provide background for policymakers, and expert opinions on how nursing education and training should evolve, according to a release from the three groups.