Meyer C, Portanova R, Riley C, Baker D, Phillips B, Mann D, Smith C, Snyder G, Ross-Lee B. The anatomy of an OPTI: Part 2. The CORE system. Ohio Osteopathic Hospital Association. Ohio Association of Osteopathic Medical Directors. Ohio Osteopathic Association. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1997;97(11):686. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19220.127.116.116.
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In July 1995, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees passed new regulations regarding the accreditation of osteopathic graduate medical education (GME) by establishing the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTI) system. This system must be phased in by July 1999. The principal changes resulting from the OPTI system include establishing requirements for college cosponsorship of GME programs and for the number of residency programs, interns, and residents to be trained by the OPTI. In essence, OPTI is an osteopathic acronym for consortium. Each OPTI must include at least one college of osteopathic medicine (COM) and one AOA-accredited hospital. The OPTIs will be subject to interval AOA inspections and will be required to demonstrate a governing system, mission statement, organizational structure, and the presence of faculty development programs. The first article in this two-part series, published in the October JAOA, provided a general blueprint for OPTI building and presented both positive and negative issues germane to the formation of OPTIs. Part 2 reinforces the considerations outlined in Part 1 by describing the formation of a large OPTI--the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) Centers of Osteopathic Regional Education (CORE) system. Key features are described, including the mission statement, organizational structure, committee system, governance, GME programs, operations, and budget.
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