The ACGME/OGME merger will produce many unintended consequences

Dear Drs. Vinn and Juhasz,

Thanks for the update. That was one thing that John Crosby did well. He initiated and sent out the daily AOA update email. This is something sadly missing now.

At any rate, the ACGME/OGME merger will produce many unintended consequences.  I’m sure you’ve already read the position paper by Norman Gevitz PhD on how the unintended consequence of the merger will result in the destruction of the Osteopathic education system and it schools, and the profession with it. I am in agreement with Dr. Gevitz and I am very concerned for the survival of the osteopathic profession, schools and training programs. It seems to me this merger comes down from the top leadership not grassroots up from the bottom membership. At the AROC conference, the merger idea was presented as a done deal or fait accompli; not a flexible idea subject to change. There are other ideas to fund and maintain Osteopathic based OGME residency slots. Further, it seems like the plan would go in lockstep with the governments plan for OCC MOC leaving to MOL and the government controlled practice of medicine. You can bet your bottom dollar that this would not include Osteopathic anything.

Please consider the ideas thoughts and wishes of grassroots membership and resist the merger. A takeover of our graduate medical education system would surely result in the loss of our profession ultimately. Certainly YOU do not want to be the leadership team who’s actions results in the destruction of the profession.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Norman E. Vinn, DO, AOA President”<>
Date: June 13, 2014 at 4:55:38 PM EDT
Subject: New Single GME Accreditation System Update


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