The residency program is dually accredited by both the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American College of Graduate Medical Education. This allows osteopathic graduates of our program to be eligible to obtain board certification by both the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). With the coming of Single Accreditation, we are currently in the process of applying for Osteopathic Recognition.
The dual accreditation creates questions about how to apply to our program and in which match to participate. Osteopathic applicants may apply to our program through either the osteopathic or allopathic match. However, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) strongly wants osteopathic medical students to participate in the osteopathic match which is administered by National Matching Services (NMS). Participation in the osteopathic match and matching into an osteopathic internship will lead to your internship automatically being approved by the AOA. This is a pre-requisite for obtaining board certification from any osteopathic accrediting body.
If you enter the osteopathic match and match into our program your internship will be a family medicine emphasis internship. Your internship will look the same as your allopathic peers in the family medicine residency. Successful completion of your internship leads automatically into a PGY 2 spot in the family medicine residency. The program number you list in the osteopathic match is # 65246. This number is unique to the family medicine program and different than the rotating internship at St. Anthony.
If you choose to go through the allopathic match that is administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and match here it is still possible to have your internship approved by the AOA. It is not guaranteed, however. This would not affect your ability to obtain state licensure or board certification through the ABFM, but it could affect your ability to obtain board certification through the AOBFP.
You can sign up for both matches. However, your match status in the AOA match is communicated to the NRMP. Thus, if you match through the AOA match (which occurs first) you will be automatically withdrawn from the allopathic match. Our preference is that osteopathic applicants utilize the osteopathic match to match here. This ensures you will be eligible to be board certified by both the AOBFP and the ABFM. We understand all these caveats can be confusing. Your situation might carry unique questions and we would be happy to discuss your situation with you.