JAOA/AACOM Medical Education  |   October 2017
Perceived Importance of Pursuing Osteopathic Recognition in the Single Accreditation System: A Survey of Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty
Author Notes
  • From the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Brandy Church, MA, 965 Fee Rd, Room A327B East Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-6410. E-mail: brandy.church@hc.msu.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Graduate Medical Education
JAOA/AACOM Medical Education   |   October 2017
Perceived Importance of Pursuing Osteopathic Recognition in the Single Accreditation System: A Survey of Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 651-659. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.122
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 651-659. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.122
Abstract

Context: As graduate medical education evolves under the single accreditation system, osteopathic residency programs and consortia strive for sustainable ways to achieve and support the Osteopathic Recognition (OR) designation.

Objective: To determine whether differences existed in perceived importance of OR from 3 cohorts of osteopathic stakeholders: students, residents, and faculty.

Methods: A nonexperimental quantitative cross-sectional online survey was administered during February and March 2016 to osteopathic medical students at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residents and faculty from the affiliated Statewide Campus System. After examining final working dataset patterns, a series of Kruskal-Wallis tests were conducted to identify statistically significant differences in perceived OR importance response categories across sample subgroups, including program specialty and primary vs non–primary care specialty.

Results: The final analytic sample comprised 278 osteopathic medical students, 359 residents, and 94 faculty members. Of 728 respondents, 497 (67.9%) indicated that OR was “somewhat important,” “important,” or “very important.” The overall perceived importance category patterns varied significantly across students, residents, and faculty cohort respondents (Image not available, P<.001) and program specialty (Image not available, P<.001), as well as between primary care and non–primary care residents and faculty (Image not available, P<.001).

Conclusion: Based on these initial results, OR is generally valued across osteopathic stakeholder groups, but significant differences may exist between different types of students, residents, and faculty. Pre- and postgraduate educational support structures designed to reduce barriers to OR implementation may help to sustain osteopathic principles and practice in the single accreditation system.

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