Amelia G. Tunanidas, Diane N. Burkhart. American Osteopathic Association Commitment to Quality and Lifelong Learning. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2005;105(9):404–407. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2005.105.9.404.
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The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) initiated programs to enhance quality for 54,000 doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practicing in the United States. Seven core competencies are required in undergraduate and graduate medical education standards. They include osteopathic philosophy and osteopathic manipulative medicine, medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism, interpersonal or communication skills, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice.
The AOA Clinical Assessment Program (AOA-CAP) is a quality-improvement tool for physicians to evaluate the safety of patient care. Osteopathic residents and practicing physicians measure the quality and safety of patient care using evidence-based standards through an AOA-supported, Web-based architecture. Alternative models for recertification, including a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, are under review by the AOA, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS), and osteopathic certifying boards. The BOS establishes and maintains standards for the various osteopathic certifying boards and oversees matters of policy, jurisdiction, and standards review. The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine is the first osteopathic board to adopt a MOC process.
The goals of the AOA's continuing medical education (CME) program are continued excellence of patient care and improvement of health and well-being of individual patients and the public. The AOA agrees that CME will play a critical role in recertification and continual assessment of physician competence. The AOA believes that proposed activities of the Conjoint Committee on CME and quality initiatives of the osteopathic profession are in tandem with goals and quality initiatives of the AOA.
The following article is being published simultaneously by and in cooperation with The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP) under the same title (J Continuing Educ Health Prof. 2005;25197-202).
The present article analyzes the implications for the osteopathic medical profession of a report issued by the Conjoint Committee on Continuing Medical Education (CME) titled “Reforming and repositioning continuing medical education.” That document can be accessed at the JCEHP Web site: http://www.jcehp.com/vol25/2503_CMEReport.pdf.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) was one of 13 organizations that participated in drafting the Conjoint Committee on CME report. Among the organizations that worked with the AOA to draft the document are the sponsors of JCEHP: the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Association for Hospital Medical Education. Other participating organizations included the American Medical Association, the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.
At the time “Reforming and repositioning continuing medical education” was drafted, the AOA's representative on the Conjoint Committee on CME was Amelia G. Tunanidas, DO, who was then a member of the AOA board of trustees. The AOA's current representative on the committee is AOA Trustee Carol L. Monson, DO. The following article was edited by the staff of JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association only to the extent necessary to make it consistent with JAOA style.
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