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Postdoctoral Study

Internship & Residency

An OGME-1 training year is an educational program requiring extensive participation in patient care. Many specialties offering a first year of residency in the new structure will find the first year of training includes a combination of broad- based curriculum and specialty training in the residency. The OGME-1 traditional internship exposes graduates to core disciplines including internal medicine, family practice, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and emergency medicine.

OGME-1 training Options 1-3 were selected by the specialty colleges who develop and review approved standards and curriculum:

  1. OPTION 1 (OGME-1 Resident), programs will grant residency credit for the 1st postdoctoral year of training. Students will “Match” directly into the residency and the 1st postdoctoral year will be considered the first year of residency training.

    Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice and OMT, Family Practice/Emergency Medicine, Family Practice Integrated NMM, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Neurological Surgery, Neurology*, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Proctologic Surgery*, Psychiatry* and Urological Surgery have chosen this option.

  2. OPTION 2 (OGME-1 Preliminary), this option will require a preliminary internship. Programs will not grant residency credit but indicate completion of designated preliminary year curricular rotations, as prerequisites for entry into the 1st year of residency in the 2nd postdoctoral year of training. Matching successfully assures entry into both the preliminary year and the subsequent 2nd year in residency training. In most cases both preliminary year and residency will be offered in the same institution, however, in a few instances a residency may have an affiliation with another institution for the preliminary internship year.

    Diagnostic Radiology, Neuromuscular Medicine and OMT, Ophthalmology, Pathology and Radiation Oncology have chosen this option.

  3. OPTION 3 (OGME-1 Traditional), this option represents a traditional rotating internship and stands alone. Specialties that have chosen this option prefer residents in their specialty to have completed a traditional rotating internship. In addition, this option is available to students who are undecided on future plans or for students planning on entering ACGME training. Students completing a traditional rotating internship and then desire to enter option 1 or 2 specialties must contact that specialty college to determine whether advanced standing will be granted. This option will depend on available residency positions since most will be filled with first year matched trainees advancing to the OGME-2 year.

    Dermatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Public Health and Preventive Medicine  has chosen this option.

*Note: If approved by the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees in July 2008, Psychiatry and Neurology (formerly Option 2 specialties) and Proctologic Surgery (formerly an Option 3 specialty) will become Option 1 specialties for the 2009-2010 academic year.

AOA-approved OGME-1 placements are awarded through the Match Program to senior osteopathic medical students and trainees who elect to enter new training programs a year or more after graduation from medical school.

For more information regarding available osteopathic postgraduate positions consult the following web sites:

Information obtained from www.do-online.org

Updated 2011

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