American Osteopathic Association

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AOA Recognition of ACGME PGY2 and Beyond (Including Fellowship Recognition)

​The following criteria must be met by DOs seeking to obtain AOA recognition for their ACGME PGY2 training:

  • You must be an AOA member in good standing.

  • You must complete and submit an AOA online application for PGY2 training and beyond.

Complete the online application (for residency or fellowship)

Verification Letter

  • You must provide an official letter from your ACGME-accredited program, including the 10-digit accreditation number.

    • The letter must be on institution letterhead.

    • The letter must include your specialty and include the exact start and end dates of your residency training.

Note: Verification letters must be on institutional letterhead submitted directly by the program. Include the title and signature of the program director or designated institutional officer. Verification letters that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted. The AOA only recognizes training that has been successfully completed. Letters received and/or dated before the program is officially completed will not be accepted.

ACGME Residency Recognition

DOs who are eligible to obtain recognition of their PGY2 residency training must have:

  • Completed an osteopathic internship but selected an ACGME residency; or

  •  Completed an ACGME-accredited PGY1 or military PGY1 and received recognition from the AOA.

ACGME Fellowship Recognition

DOs may obtain recognition for completing an ACGME fellowship provided that:

  • Both PGY1 and residency training were successfully completed and recognized by the AOA; and

  • The trainee has successfully completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship.

More Information

For more information about how ABMS boarded DOs can become certified through Resolution 56, refer to the following link:

 Resolution 56: Certification Eligibility for DOs With ABMS Certification  

Please submit information to:

Tennille Yancey
Assistant Director, Trainee Services
Division of Trainee Services
American Osteopathic Association
142 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2864