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ACGME Approves AsM as a Specialty

July 15, 2022

ACGME Approves AsM as a Specialty

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is pleased to announce that at its recently completed meetings, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) formally approved the ABPM’s request for separate designations for each of the three preventive medicine specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine. The ACGME Board of Directors provided final approval of the separate designation after a period of public review and comment.

While these new designations recognize the inherent differences in the ABPM’s individual specialties, they will not result in a change in the structure or responsibilities of the ACGME’s Preventive Medicine Review Committee, which shall retain responsibility for the supervision and review of the entire complement of ACGME-accredited Preventive Medicine residency programs.
   As a result of this update, the specialties will be listed separately on the ACGME’s website. ABPM will work with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to update its Residency Explorer tool and its Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and with and the American Medical Association (AMA) to update its Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA), so that all of these online services will list Aerospace Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine separately, thereby greatly increasing awareness of each of ABPM’s specialties among medical school students and physicians searching for career paths in preventive medicine. Since all three specialties will remain under a common Review Committee, residency programs will not see any major changes to their program requirements.
   Visit https://www.theabpm.org/2022/06/13/accreditation-council-for-graduate-medical-education-formally-approves-designation-of-three-separate-preventive-medicine-specialties/ for the complete release.