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Graduate Medical Education

What is GME?

Graduate Medical Education (GME) is the period didactic and clinical education in a medical specialty that follows the completion of a recognized undergraduate medical education and which prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine in that specialty, also referred to as residency education. The length of residency training varies according to medical specialty. Residency programs are a minimum of three years for primary care and some medical specialties. Teaching hospitals coordinate training and funding. 

Understanding GME Funding

Graduate Medical Education Accreditation

GME Single Pathway Accreditation

On February 26, 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced their agreement to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a single graduate medical education accreditation system in the United States. The single accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies. 

Osteopathic Accreditation

Resources for New Program Directors

The ACGME provides a robust collection of resources to help program directors and institutional and program coordinators do their jobs, and gain context and depth of knowledge about GME including.


The ACGME Blog features and highlights events, news, interviews, and more.

Annual Educational Conference

With almost 4,000 participants, the ACGME Annual Educational Conference is one of the largest graduate medical education (GME) conferences in the world. The conference offers dozens of sessions specifically designed for GME program coordinators and program directors, including an annual pre-conference Coordinator Forum and other pre-conferences for program directors the day before the full conference.

Completing an Application for ACGME Accreditation

This video, which is housed in the ACGME's online learning portal Learn at ACGME, offers helpful information on how to apply for ACGME accreditation for a specialty or subspecialty program. The video explains the role of the Common and specialty-specific Program Requirements, reviews the three main components of the application, and outlines the general expectations Review Committees have for accredited programs.

Contact Us

This page includes addition to key contact information to various departments at the ACGME, as well as information how to sign up for the ACGME’s weekly e-Communication, which provides important accreditation and recognition information, as well as other ACGME-related news to the GME community.