Lorenzo Pence, DO, FACOFP, today was named senior vice president of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), with responsibility for overseeing osteopathic programs. This historic announcement is the latest step in the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education and ensures that osteopathic programs will continue to reflect the tenets of our profession.
Dr. Pence has served as associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of family medicine at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine since 2003. Earlier in his career, he held comparable positions with Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. A graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Pence is an active member of numerous AOA committees focused on graduate medical education.
As a longtime leader in osteopathic GME and a deeply committed DO, Dr. Pence embodies the values we hold dear and will uphold our standards as the ACGME begins accepting osteopathic programs into its system. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pence on his new role.