JAOA’s One-Sided View of ACGME Takeover

Dr Juhasz,

The newest JAOA is below with two articles supporting the ACGME takeover of OGME. There seemed to be no article on or credence paid to the work of Dr. Norman Gevitz and his well researched, valid & logical argument that the ACGME takeover would sell out and dismantle the DO profession and its schools.

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Use the term physician and surgeon, says Dr. Chip

Dr. Chip explores the definition of “doctor” vs. “physician and surgeon”

For clarification or just plain precision we must learn to use the term physician and surgeon since this is a more distinct and clearly defined entity in our culture for the moment. Our diploma and licenses speak to this directly.

Doctor has come to mean anyone achieving a “doctoral level of study” from an accredited institution having satisfied a specific set of credential requirements, examination(s) and practical observation(s) where indicated, published in peer reviewed journals and completed a research (literature, theoretical or practical science project) component to base the thesis upon and a defense of the thesis.

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Paging Congress: Don’t Cut GME Funding

Guest post from Jason Fodeman, MD

This summer new doctors will start their residency training in a host of hospitals across Arizona and across this great nation. These new doctors are entering medicine at a time when uncertainty about the future of medical practice is at an all-time high. Much of this is a result of the Affordable Care Act, yet other uncertainties remain; including ambiguities about the future of the very funding that supports residency training.

As Congress looks to curtail out of control government spending and rising deficits, one expenditure that has repeatedly drawn interest is funding for Graduate Medical Education (GME). The Super Committee, the Simpson-Bowles Commission, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission have all paid particular attention to this funding that supports the mandated training doctors must complete at regular intervals in the years after graduation from medical school.  While budgets must be tightened, cuts to GME would endanger patients.

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Saddened by the seriousness of the AOA’s path

Dr. Gina Reghetti asks American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians Executive Director Ms. Carol Thoma, MBA for a reply to her previous letter dated May 21.

June 29th, 2014
RE: Certified Article # 7012-3050-0000-2628-9885

Dear Ms. Thoma:

To date, I have not received a response back from the letter that I initially sent in May via email, and certified mail. It was signed for by S. Burnett on May 27th, 2014. We are nearing July. I would like answers to my many concerns. I would appreciate it very much if you would make this priority or forward it to someone that can answer my concerns.

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Urgent Letter to NSYOMS Board Members and AOA Delegates

Osteopathic physicians: it is critical for you to send a similar letter to your state society TODAY!

NYSOMS Board Members and House of Delegate Members,

I would share with you and especially the house of delegates members, the seriousness of the path that the AOA has taken in its several components of restructuring our profession and representing not only those who are members but all Osteopathic physicians, without seeking the opinions of the whole of the profession. As we have seen in the past several years they are moving closer to making massive changes in our way of education, training, post graduate educations and practice that may be irreversible without great expense and may spell disaster for our profession.

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