The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action©

“The profession should reverse course [on ACGME merger], continue to maintain its own osteopathic graduate medical education system, fix the existing problems with that system, expand it, innovate with it, particularly by developing ambulatory-based programs which reflect the reality of clinical practice,” writes Dr. Norman Gevitz in his call to action published today.  Click here to this important article.

Dr. Gevitz is Professor of the History and Sociology of Medicine & Senior Vice President—Academic Affairs, AT Still University. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications including The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America 2nd edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

Additional Related Resources:

An Open Letter from the AACOM Executive Committee in Response to Dr. Gevitz’s previous call for action.
Letter To Medical Economics from Craig M. Wax, DO

3 thoughts on “The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action©

  1. Pingback: The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action© | drginareghetti

  2. At what point does a group of concerned physicians step forward to remove the current generation of power brokers from control of the AOA and its affiliate organizations?

    Consider what the current generation has done to our profession:

    #Exposed our professional organization to a class action lawsuit, which they will no doubt settle, at the cost of what likely will be millions of dollars

    #Presided over the demise of all osteopathic residency programs, an act which probably has doomed osteopathic distinctiveness forever

    #Saddled young-in-career, resident, and student physicians with a continuous certification process that is expensive, burdensome, and highly unlikely to improve quality of care in any meaningful way

    Can we afford to leave these people in power?

    Our profession is at a crossroads. We were brought here by the AOA Board of Trustees, and the expansionist policy of AACOM, who was all too happy to approve new programs, but failed to secure the post graduate programs that all of our graduating DO’s require.

    How can anyone believe that these are the people to lead us out of the miasma into which they led us?

    It is time for a determined group of young to mid career DO’s to step forward, assume control through the processes available to us, and usher the current cadre of power brokers to the sidelines. If we do not soon do so, we may not have a profession left to reform.

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