Since 1888 when the first Osteopath put forth the Principles of Osteopathy and a comprehensive therapeutic program that was much more than puke, purge and blister which was the practice of “Medicine” at that time and as a result was run out of Kansas and went to Kirksville MO where he established the first College of Osteopathy and after 6 years began the American Osteopathic Association which is now in the process of ending the degree of DO and sending all graduates of DO colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to ACGME programs approved by the ABMS and they will certified by the ABMS boards and there will be no more Osteopaths.
I am astounded by the apathy of practicing DO;s and an apparent lack of concern. There are many who think that they should unite with the Allopaths especially in acquiring Board certification. I have been a DO
since 1961 and was a practicing “Internist followed by cardiology and then an MD fellowship in rheumatology completed in 1971. In this time I have been threatened by a malpractice suit 5 times and these were never litigated. I practice rheumatology full time and will do so until my demise. We practice the highest standards of healthcare provision and currently have students rotating from 3 DO schools and 2 MD schools. The
students are astounded by the way we practice as we practice Osteopathy that is far advanced from that which is currently taught at Osteopathic Colleges of Osteopathic medicine. They are seeing patients that revere our way of practice.
We are putting all we can muster in establishing The American Association of Osteopathic Physicians and plan on being Osteopaths in our organization. We have established American Boards of Osteopathic Specialties to provide certification in all specialties. We are interested in how many may join us.
Dr. Gina Reghetti shares her thoughts on preserving the practice of osteopathic medicine and formation of an alternative D.O. board:
We must fight the system that wants to change a good thing. Osteopathy needs to stay unchanged, and it needs to be practiced as it was practiced in the past, without insurance involvement because it is the big corporate insurance companies that just couldn’t understand our language so they have attempted to destroy it. Harvard has dealt us serious blows because it’s the allopathic profession that is clueless to the medical practice of Osteopathy, yet they are the ones in positions to judge, and define reimbursement for an area of medicine that they just don’t know. We are not allopathic physicians, and we never will be, and never care to be so we need to stop holding DOs to the same standards as the MDs were trained. We are not trained the same that is why we don’t take the same boards; we are very different!
We must keep our identity especially when big government and national medical organizations are forcing us down one pathway. Continue reading →
To ALL concerned osteopathic and allopathic physicians:
This message is urgent. I will try to briefly sum up recent events. My Email list is limited. It is imperative that you spread the word among as many physicians as you can across the country.
Please forward this on to your physician list. Wide distribution is needed for change to occur.
Several of my colleagues have labeled Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), Maintenance of Certification (MOC), and Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) as essentially EVIL. Promotion of these mandates will bring about the end of the wonderful and compassionate office based Primary Care Medicine that we and our patients have known for the past 100 years.