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Midwestern University has been educating Osteopathic physicians since 1900, and meeting the needs of the education continuum requires the development of quality residency programs. The Midwestern University OPTI is an integral part of Midwestern University academic community that is governed by Bylaws that define its distinct mission, purpose, membership, governance and committee structure, officers, and operational management.

The current organizational structure of the MWU OPTI is unique in that it includes two osteopathic medical schools; the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine located on the Downers Grove Campus, and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine located on the Glendale Campus. The Midwestern University OPTI structure operates in two regions as a unified academic community and provides the comprehensive services and support that ensure the success of the postdoctoral training programs. Under the aegis of the MWU OPTI governing Board, each campus oversees its separate geographical region of postdoctoral training programs.

Our institution received ACGME “Continued Accreditation” October 3, 2018. One program has received Continued Accreditation, seven programs have received Initial Accreditation, and three programs are in Continued Pre-Accreditation with transition to Initial Accreditation.

The ACGME accreditation status for each of our programs is below.

Continued AccreditationInitial AccreditationContinued Pre-Accreditation
Mountain Vista Medical Center
  • Internal Medicine
Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
Advanced Desert Dermatology
  • Dermatology
Mountain Vista Medical Center
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
Mountain Vista Medical Center
  • Family Medicine
Canyon Vista Medical Center
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinics
  • Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Verde Valley Medical Center
  • Internal Medicine

Continued Accreditation is conferred after programs undergo a full site visit at the end of their two-year Initial Accreditation period.

Programs undergo a full accreditation site visit every 10 years. This is preceded by a comprehensive Self-Study process that includes a description of how the Sponsoring Institution or program creates an effective learning and working environment, and how this leads to desired educational outcomes. For the Self-Study, programs are also asked to review their aims and conduct an analysis of strengths, areas for improvement, external opportunities, and threats, and to formulate and document plans for improvement.

Initial Accreditation is conferred when a Review Committee determines that an application for a new program substantially complies with the ACGME Program Requirements.

Continued pre-accreditation is a status given to a program that has not yet achieved Initial Accreditation and whose application is progressing.


Midwestern University Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution