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Friday, May 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Derrick Sorweide, DO
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May 30, 2014 - From the President


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Derrick Sorweide, DOLast month the OPSO board met and voted unanimously to support the proposed single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) as put forward by the AOA Resolution. This resolution supports the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the AOA, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is in charge of the GME in the MD world.
Although we were all in favor of the merger, as it is being called, it was not a decision we took lightly. Currently, there is discussion about whether to endorse this merger going on among the COM’s, the specialty colleges, and the state societies. It will be a hot topic at the AOA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Chicago in July. For now, almost 100% of COM’s support the merger. The state societies are split, but are still being counted. The ACOFP, our professions largest specialty college, has withheld support. Several other specialty colleges are following that lead.
I have met with Dean Crone from COMP-NW, as well as Deans from several other COM’s. David Walls, Mike Jaczko, DO, and I travelled to Philadelphia for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians meetings. At that meeting, the ACOFP leadership voted, in a very heated and mixed vote, to not support the merger until they had access to the MOU and was assured of several profession/ philosophy upholding points. Though the MOU has a confidentiality clause, as most do, the AOA invited leaders from all the specialty colleges, state organizations, and COM’s to meet in Chicago and review the MOU. All in attendance agreed that there was nothing “hidden” in that document that was not discussed in open forum. I assure you that Oregon will have delegates at the AOA HOD meeting.
There are well circulated letters from Dr. Gevitz, a historian from Kirksville, MO and more recently, John Ferretti, DO that oppose this merger. Dr. Ferretti mostly points to the previous letter, with nothing new to add. Dr. Gevitz's letter was very early in the process and many of his first points had already been proven false while requests for leaders to view the MOU have been accommodated. Some of Dr. Gevitz’s concerns are valid, and were already being discussed. His conclusion is pure speculation, and really not well informed. You may view this documents through the embedded links, or visit the OPSO webpage at to view these and other resources. I also encourage you to read the response letters from Dr. Vinn of the AOA, and Dr. Connett, president, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.
I joined the Osteopathic community because I wanted the ability to practice medicine with as many options as possible. This is also what draws top quality students to COMP-NW. This merger will ensure their future. Yes, we need language that also protects our unique profession, and I have confidence in our leaders' work to ensure this happens. We actually have full support on this by our MD counterparts. These days it is all too common, and sometimes with good reason, not to trust our leadership. I assure you that there are many people, both in the DO and MD communities, which are working hard on this. I believe our AOA leadership, Dr. Vinn, Dr. Buser, Dr. Levine, and others, have done a great deal of good work for our profession.
I encourage you to continue this dialog and submit your comments at  As always you can contact the OPSO office directly at 503.299.6776 or email

Derrick Sorweide, DO
President - OPSO

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