OGME Corner

Susan L. Rall, M.Ed

RESC Meeting

The ACOS Resident Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC) met on February 5, 2016 in Alexandria, VA. The committee reaffirmed its support to protect and provide the necessary resources to resident and programs during the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) single accreditation system transition and also reviewed seven program action items and over 30 resident annual reports.

The RESC meets twice a year face-to-face and also by conference call and mail ballot as necessary to review osteopathic surgical resident training programs and the progress of residents in those programs.  

ACGME Updates


Congratulations to the following urological surgery programs for recently receiving Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) initial accreditation:

Detroit Medical Center
John S. Stroger Cook County Hospital
Sparrow Hospital

Program Director Qualifications

In an email released on February 8, 2016, the ACGME announced that "An updated version of the "Program Director Qualifications" document has been posted on the Single GME Accreditation System web page (under the "Resources and References" section header). The Review Committee for Urology has elected to consider AOA-certified program directors, and the document has been updated to reflect this change."

General Surgery In-Service Exam

625 general surgery osteopathic residents sat for the General Surgery In-Service Exam at 50 locations across the United States on January 9, 2016. Results are in the process of being “key-validated” and psychometrically evaluated. The results will be distributed to program directors within the next 30 days.  It is incumbent upon the program directors to discuss the results of the In-Service Exam with their residents which is an item appearing on both the resident’s evaluation of the program and the program director’s evaluation of the resident. The purpose of the exam is to assist program directors in the evaluation of the resident’s level of knowledge relative to other residents’ knowledge at the same level of training, to identify a resident’s area of weakness, and track a resident’s progress. There is no passing score for the exam, which is a diagnosis-oriented, criterion-referenced achievement test that measures the degree to which residents have mastered the General Surgery Residency Model curriculum. The cumulative programmatic results of the test are also used by the RESC as an indicator in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each residency program. If you have any questions or require additional information regarding the exam or the receipt of the results contact Jessika Brown, [email protected].