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Letters to the Editor  |   October 2009
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Author Affiliations
  • Diane N. Burkhart, PhD
    AOA Department of Education; Secretary to the Task Force to Study the Impact of Admitting MDs into OGME Programs, Chicago, Illinois
    Director
Article Information
Medical Education / Graduate Medical Education
Letters to the Editor   |   October 2009
Response
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2009, Vol. 109, 555-556. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2009.109.10.555
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2009, Vol. 109, 555-556. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2009.109.10.555
The issue raised by Dr Steier was brought to the attention of osteopathic medical education leadership as a central focus of Medical Education Summit II (MES II) in November 2007. At the direction of the summit steering committee, a task force was appointed to study the impact of admitting graduates of allopathic medical schools (including international medical graduates) into osteopathic graduate medical education (OGME) training programs. 
In April, members of the MES Progress Task Force, with representatives from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Education and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, developed a white paper with recommendations titled, “Study on the Impact of Admitting MDs Into OGME Training Programs.” 
This white paper was posted on the AOA Web site for members of the AOA House of Delegates to read in advance of its annual meeting in July. However, the paper was not formally submitted to delegates until the meeting. 
At the meeting, the House of Delegates voted to refer the paper back to the AOA Department of Education (Resolution 325 [A/2009], Recommendations regarding admitting MDs into osteopathic graduate medical education programs) with the intent of deferring action until the delegates' annual meeting next July, providing the delegates with time to review the task force's recommendations fully. 
All members of the House of Delegates will receive access to the paper in advance of the July 2010 annual meeting. In addition, public comments, which will be collected until December 1, will be reviewed and provided to the delegates.