Letter to AOA President on AOA plan for ACGME takeover of OGME

Dr. Juhasz,

Just when did AOAs dues paying osteopathic physician membership and societies get to feedback alternative ideas and weigh in on OGME funding options as you stated in your Med Ec interview below? Not at all. The AOA trustees unilaterally make the decision some time ago. Many DOs and many component specialty societies like AOCD were dead set against the ACGME takeover, or, at least wanting defined terms and conditions set like ACOFP, otherwise bail out. Never did the AOA solicit member opinions or allow input, let alone dissent against the preset policy OGME sellout to ACGME takeover. AOA top-down propaganda are not grass-roots fact. Has the AOA administration learned nothing from the failed AMA takeover in California in 1960?

Quote: Juhasz says AOA members have had ample time to consider the agreement and offer input. “We’ve been having an ongoing dialogue with ACGME since 2012 that’s been reported to the membership,” he says. Since arriving at the agreement in February, “there have been multiple opportunities for dialogue with the profession at state and specialty society meetings to help them understand how we’ve moving forward.” http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/allopathic-osteopathic-graduate-training-programs-unify-accreditation-process

We’re being forceably strapped into AOA’s leftist liberal agenda “moving forward” off the government debt cliff, like the current US administration. No, thank you. As a private practice DO and AOA member for 20 years, I protest. And if you think I’m the only one… You will see.

After twenty years of increasing AOA corporatization and weak physician leadership, now is your chance at the helm. Steer our 140 year old brave physician profession into independence and freedom for the betterment of the patient-physicians relationship, away from government, hospital health system and special interest dependence. The choice is yours. We are all making ours.

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

2 thoughts on “Letter to AOA President on AOA plan for ACGME takeover of OGME

  1. You’re way off base, Dr. Wax. As a delegate to the AOA HOD, I was part of a conversation that honestly has been going on for at least 2 years. Many of the same questions I think you’re asking in your open letter (quite poorly written, to say the least) were answered in the final resolution, H-800, agreed to by the House. The AOA has given more than 100 webinars and conference calls to educate the profession about the proposed Single Accreditation System.

    Maybe you’ve spent too much time as an “independent physician” and not enough time engaging the profession at large. I think every physician, independent, employed, or otherwise, needs to take an active role in the governance of our profession. We need excited, passionate voices that love Osteopathic Medicine. Instead of flogging a dead horse, let’s work together to make this process work for our profession.

    Brian Loveless, DO

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