By Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
As we begin interviews for pediatric residencies, I am overwhelmed by the quality of students from each and every one of our osteopathic colleges.
What is even more important for me, and should be important for every osteopathic pediatrician in this country, is that the students now ask about the “osteopathic track” in our residencies! We are fortunate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in that we have achieved that status and now IT’S TIME for all pediatric residency programs to obtain the “osteopathic track”! Our applicants from all osteopathic schools ask, or are already aware, that we have completed that requirement. They want to do osteopathic research, use osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) in their care of children and have a program like ours – an osteopathic-only resident clinic where residents practice OMM on patients, where they have an osteopathic mentor doing research and educating residents in the clinic, where the program provides a cranial course, an osteopathic journal club and where they can publish the benefits of osteopathic pediatric care.
IT’S TIME to join the osteopathic students and their desire to be osteopathic physicians, and be able to practice with the knowledge they are taught by our osteopathic colleges. IT’S TIME to join the ACOP as we fight for this cause! To date, nearly 700 of 1200 AOA-accredited training programs have applied for, or are in the process of completing their applications.
So What Else is Happening in the ACOP?
So, now is the time when all DO pediatricians should join the ACOP in promoting the “osteopathic track”, enjoy our education programs and most of all, champion the goal for all osteopathic student interviewing for pediatric residencies to have the freedom to practice OMM that they were taught, and be a part of OMM research and our future. Remember DO students are one out of every five medical students in this country and we are growing!
It has been a privilege to represent the ACOP as its President and I continue to represent all DO pediatricians as the ACGME RC Pediatric member and the AAP Engagement and Training focused on Breastfeeding Project Advising Committee.
Thank you again!
April 6-9, 2017
Hyatt Regency Louisville