Yesterday marked another historic moment in medicine, as the AOA and AACOM were recognized as full member organizations at the ACGME Board of Directors meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Once again, I had the privilege of representing the osteopathic profession, along with AOA Executive Director and CEO Adrienne White-Faines and AACOM President and CEO Stephen Shannon, DO.
We were thrilled to witness the full participation of our newly seated board members, Karen J. Nichols, DO (AOA), David A. Forstein, DO (AOA), Clint E. Adams, DO (AACOM), and Gary L. Slick, DO (AACOM). We also heard the unanimous votes of approval for the ONMM Review Committee standards, and the standards for the Osteopathic Recognition Review Committee which will incorporate the tenets of osteopathic medicine into the six ACGME core competencies.
At the end of these approvals came a rousing level of applause from all across the room as Osteopathic Medicine was fully embraced in the accreditation system.
I want to recognize the great work of our colleagues on the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee, who played a critical role in ensuring that osteopathic principles and practices are incorporated into the ACGME accreditation process.
Soon we expect an announcement on DOs who have been selected to serve on ACGME Residency Review Committees, as well as the ACGME Senior Vice President selected to oversee osteopathic programs. These are vital steps in ensuring osteopathic representation within the governance of the single GME accreditation system.