Moving toward a universal accreditation process is the way to go if you do not believe there is a difference between osteopathic and allopathic medicine. However, there is a difference and the osteopathic postdoctoral training standards reflect that difference. Osteopathic principles and practices as well as osteopathic manipulative treatment are embedded throughout osteopathic postdoctoral training. A universal accreditation process would eliminate the continued growth of many osteopathic physicians in osteopathic principles and practices.
That does not mean that the AOA and ACGME accreditation processes cannot learn from each other. They can and, in fact, the Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training has extended an offer for greater interaction between AOA and ACGME accreditation authorities.
AOA postdoctoral training is recognized by governmental and private agencies throughout the United States including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Joint Commission; and licensing bodies. In addition, hospitals around the country recognize osteopathic training and certification as meeting their credentials and privileging requirements. So why the sudden change in ACGME when in fact, DO residents have received acceptance of their AOA training toward ACGME training and fellowship requirements for years?
As the professional organization of the osteopathic family, we will continue to protect and advocate for your rights to practice osteopathic medicine.