As many of you know, 2014 has been a watershed year for graduate medical education. In February, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine agreed to a single accreditation system, after several years of discussion and negotiation.
The decision means that the osteopathic and allopathic medical communities are fully united in ensuring that the evaluation and accountability of all resident physicians, be they DOs or MDs, will be consistent, and that medical school graduates of both types will have access to the primary and sub-specialty training necessary to care for a growing pool of patients.
As part of the new joint accreditation system, the ACGME Board of Directors will for the first time include four doctors of osteopathic medicine. I’m very pleased that one of these DOs is one of WesternU’s very own – Dr. Clinton Adams, a Professor of Family Medicine in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and Senior Advisor for Strategic Leadership and External Affairs. Dr. Adams is passionate about the future of medical education, and believes strongly that the medical education directors, program directors, and others on the front lines of medical education deserve unflagging support as the single accreditation system goes into full effect. His is important work on the ACGME Board, and I wish him well.
WesternU’s inclusion as part of the newest additions to the ACGME Board also speaks to how far we have come as an institution. All of us here believe, I think, that the quality of education, health care, and research at our institution has never been better, and that the University is at the top of its game, even as the ground keeps shifting under health care itself. Dr. Adams’ appointment to the ACGME Board, and Western University of Health Sciences’ growing stature in the health care and graduate health sciences education communities, are testament to what many others are learning, as well: The WesternU Way works.
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My best to you all,