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Letters to the Editor  |   April 2006
Calling All Osteopathic Physicians in New England!
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Medical Education / Graduate Medical Education
Letters to the Editor   |   April 2006
Calling All Osteopathic Physicians in New England!
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2006, Vol. 106, 220-221. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2006.106.4.220
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2006, Vol. 106, 220-221. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2006.106.4.220
To the Editor:  
I was glad to read the letter by Charles Perakis, DO, in the November 2005 issue of JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (“Dynamic duo: Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.” 2005;105:495–496). Dr Perakis described the evolution of an osteopathic family practice residency program that is integrating well into an allopathic residency program in Maine, resulting in the development of many family physicians in rural areas. I would like to echo the plea of Dr Perakis for former osteopathic medical students and residents to assist in improving the overall education of osteopathic residents throughout New England, as well as in other parts of the United States. 
I am the director of medical education at the New Hampshire–Dartmouth Family Practice Residency (NHDFPR) in Concord, NH. Our Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency program was launched in 1995. We have had an established American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-approved internship since 2002, and our application for an AOA-approved residency program has been submitted. 
Since my tenure at the NHDFPR began in 2000, I have observed the high caliber of osteopathic medical students who have graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mo; the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury; the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pa; and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Me. The most exciting aspect of this experience has been watching the allopathic faculty and staff at Concord Hospital also recognize the high caliber of students and residents that the osteopathic medical schools are turning out. 
I call out to New England osteopathic physicians interested in bolstering resident education—especially in the area of osteopathic manipulative medicine—to help contribute to the education of new osteopathic physicians. I appreciate and extend a “thank you” to those who have already had a part in this endeavor. I would also like to thank Dr Perakis, who was one of my instructors at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in the 1992–1993 academic year.