Osteopathic Sessions at the 2019 ACGME Annual Educational Conference

27 February 2019
ACGME Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation Lorenzo Pence, DO
ACGME Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation Lorenzo Pence, DO

“Wherever you are in your path to ACGME accreditation or recognition, the 2019 ACGME Annual Educational Conference will offer you in-depth information, valuable insight, and a clear roadmap to help you and your institution,” says Lorenzo Pence, DO, FACOFP, FAODME and ACGME senior vice president, Osteopathic Accreditation. Indeed, the conference offers multiple sessions focused on osteopathic medicine and accreditation and numerous opportunities for attendees from all corners of graduate medical education to learn and connect.

If you’re registered for the Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions on Thursday, March 7, bring your notebook or laptop and prepare yourself for a day filled with helpful insights, details, and collaborative learning. This pre-conference is a key offering for individuals from AOA-approved programs and institutions who want to learn more about ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition. The ACGME is delighted to partner again this year with the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators to deliver this course and provide sessions designed to appeal to a broad group of osteopathic educators and leaders in various stages of transitioning to ACGME accreditation. The course is highly interactive with didactic presentations, concurrent breakout sessions, and ample opportunities to get answers to specific questions.

During the full conference Friday-Sunday, numerous sessions should be of interest to the osteopathic community. The Changing Physician Expectations for Certification from an Osteopathic Perspective (SES083, Saturday, 7:30-9:00 a.m.) will identify board certification (Initial and Continuing) expectations for an emerging generation of osteopathic physicians, and share considerations based on their residency specialty and experience.

DIOs, program directors, and faculty members will benefit from Distinction and Recognition: What you Need to Know about Osteopathic UME and GME (SES095, Saturday 1:30-3:00 p.m.). The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine will present information on the content, growth, and development of osteopathic medical education in the US, and there will also be discussion of how osteopathic medical students are trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine, and the characteristics of programs that have received and are applying for ACGME Osteopathic Recognition.

COMLEX-USA Use by Program Directors as Part of a Comprehensive Assessment System (SES018 Friday 1:30-3:00 p.m.) will help program directors learn how information from the exam can help them to augment their program’s comprehensive assessment system for DO applicants and residents. Resources to help residents prepare for COMLEX-USA Level 3, as well as information on involvement with NBOME National Faculty initiatives on scholarly activity, will also be reviewed.

On Saturday, Dr. Pence will present Single GME Accreditation System Update (SES073 7:30-9:00 a.m.). This session is designed to appeal to a broad group of institutional, program, medical school, and OPTI leadership and personnel who would like to learn more about the transition to a single GME accreditation system, and will provide an overview and background of the process, highlights of the transition, and progress of institutions and programs to date.

Beyond the sessions, the conference is a chance to network – of course with your osteopathic colleagues – but also broadly, with clinicians and other health care professionals from across the spectrum of specialties and GME roles.

We hope you’ll take advantage of these learning opportunities, and we look forward to seeing you in Orlando next week!