This year, 4,241 graduates earned their DO degrees. But do you know how many OGME training positions were available for these graduates and other DOs participating in the AOA Match? Just over 2,500. By 2020, the osteopathic medical profession is projected to confer more than 5,600 DO degrees. When it comes to postdoctoral training opportunities, it’s clear we have some work to do.
The AOA is doing its part to give future DOs more choices as they continue their education and training. Last year alone, the Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC) approved more than 40 new programs, adding approximately 360 training positions. That’s in addition to the more than 280 new spots approved for existing programs. At the PTRC’s most recent meeting in July, 13 new programs with nearly 100 training spots were approved along with 25 new positions in existing programs.
We also have the OGME Development Initiative
in place to help address the training crisis. Central to the Initiative is a corps of consultants who serve as resources for nonteaching hospitals interested in establishing OGME programs. They answer questions ranging from Medicare funding, specialty college standards and accreditation. This is where you can help by:
- Promoting the Initiative and its services. They are provided at no cost to nonteaching hospitals.
- Letting us know of nonteaching hospitals in your communities that are interested in establishing residency programs. You can email the information to OGMEDevelopment@osteopathic.org.
Won’t you help us tackle this critical issue?