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Letters to the Editor  |   September 2008
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Letters to the Editor   |   September 2008
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The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2008, Vol. 108, 530. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2008.108.9.530
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2008, Vol. 108, 530. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2008.108.9.530
We thank Jack S. Moskowitz, DO, for his inquiry regarding the number of board certifications and osteopathic residency training programs in pathology. The demand for certification by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is driven by the availability of training programs, among other factors. 
Dr Moskowitz's concerns center on the availability of training programs, which ultimately lead trainees into the certification process. Because the primary purview of the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists is to oversee the certification process—as opposed to creating and developing residency programs—Dr Moskowitz's inquiry would be best answered by the AOA Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT) and the AOA Program and Training Review Council (PTRC). 
The COPT and PTRC manage, shape, and approve the development of and policies for existing and proposed residency programs in the various specialties of the osteopathic medical profession.