Duffy T, Martinez B. Examining OPTI Operations With a New Light. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2010;110(3):160-167. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2010.110.3.160.
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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. Various AOA tools, such as the revised OPTI Annual Report and OPTI Administrative Handbook, provide assistance to colleges of osteopathic medicine in meeting the accreditation standards for OPTI membership and developing a study to examine all OPTI operations. The revised OPTI Annual Report is modeled after the OPTI Standards Inspectors Worksheet (ie, Standards Crosswalk). Onsite inspections in 2008 and 2009 using the new scoring tool highlighted several OPTI commendations for research and faculty and curriculum development. Responses to the 2009 OPTI Annual Report—a survey of OPTI operational questions—found commonalities in several OPTI operations.
The OPTI shall seek funding, either externally generated or internally budgeted funding (not only from the COM), to provide for OPTI-wide or program specific research efforts of its member faculty and residents or students.1
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