Thomas Duffy, Bulmaro Martinez. OPTImizing Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2009;109(3):154–159. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2009.109.3.154.
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Since 1999, all postdoctoral training programs approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) have been required to be part of an Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) consortium. The AOA is improving OPTI operations by revising the OPTI Annual Report, by providing provisional status for new OPTIs, and by using the Residency Management Suite software program (New Innovations Inc, Uniontown, Ohio). The revised OPTI Annual Report is being modeled after the OPTI Standards Inspectors Worksheet (ie, Standards Crosswalk). Onsite inspections using the new scoring tool in 2008 highlighted OPTI best practices by demonstrating that OPTIs received commendations for faculty and curriculum development. Inspections have also shown that OPTIs with accreditation awards of 4 or 5 years are more likely than other OPTIs to be composed of 4- or 5-year postdoctoral training programs.
... assists medical schools, hospitals and private practices in the area of medical education and department administration, to unify data into a centralized data warehouse and to complete tasks, historically performed using multiple, incompatible methods, through one common interface.4
Each OPTI and its members institutions and designated faculty, shall integrate osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) into all teaching services as appropriate and shall have designated faculty to provide OPP teaching.1
The responsibility of the OGME committee shall be clearly stated. The OGME shall document its effectiveness through outcome measures consistent with the OPTI strategic plan goals.1
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