By Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
On a daily basis, osteopathic medicine is discussed. As we move forward in the new single GME accreditation system, almost all of our osteopathic residency programs are being accepted by the ACGME review committees using the AOA certification. I want 100%... only two programs to go.
According to a recent AOA survey, 70% of osteopathic students wish to continue osteopathic training in their residencies. The merger has provided for osteopathic-focused residency training and/or an osteopathic track (spots within the allopathic residency that may vary in commitment between osteopathic and allopathic). These variations will allow pediatric residencies to recruit osteopathic students.
All of our pediatric program directors need to request that their program has a separate osteopathic pediatric clinic to allow ongoing projects confirming benefits of OMM and, hopefully, an OMM specialist to precept the residents. My dual program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Ohio Health, just completed an ACGME preliminary inspection. The inspectors were extremely positive that our program was a model for a single accreditation system and were impressed with our separate osteopathic clinic with an OMM preceptor.
Other important news includes:
It is a pleasure to highlight the changes to the ACOP website. The new website is designed to be mobile-responsive and will automatically adjust to any screen size from smart phones, tablets, laptops and desk monitors. Text content will always remain legible and images will automatically scale to fit the user’s screen size, resulting in no annoying zooming or scrolling. The website’s navigation menu transitions into a compact mobile menu to save space on smaller devices.
In addition to the Mobile Meeting Guides for ACOP conferences, there is a Membership Mobile App available in the app stores. Just search on “ACOP” and then access all of your favorite content through your handheld devices. Soon you will also see the PULSE newsletter in its new mobile-responsive format to make reading easy from your phone or tablet.