Editorials  |   November 2004
Osteopathic Medical Education—2004
Author Affiliations
  • Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Article Information
Medical Education
Editorials   |   November 2004
Osteopathic Medical Education—2004
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2004, Vol. 104, 459. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2004, Vol. 104, 459. doi:
Welcome to the annual education issue of the JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This issue presents articles and current data on statistics in osteopathic undergraduate and graduate medical education. 
Statistical data included in these articles are collected by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through joint data projects. 
Additional data on the status of osteopathic medical education are being collected through the Osteopathic Medical Education Study, which will offer the osteopathic medical profession the first comprehensive examination of both undergraduate and graduate medical education programs. The study, a joint effort by the AACOM and the AOA, under the direction of Howard S. Teitelbaum, DO, PhD, MPH, will also include data collected from directors of residency training programs. The initial study report will be delivered to AACOM and the AOA in 2005. 
Data offer just one piece of the medical education scenario. Educators at all levels across the osteopathic medical profession continue to look for ways to enhance current educational programs and to foster innovation in training osteopathic medical students. Further, colleges of osteopathic medicine continue to collaborate regarding areas of educational programming to share experience and expertise. 
In addition to enhanced data collection efforts and collaborative efforts, osteopathic medical education has seen some significant changes in the past year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
At the undergraduate medical education level, pilot testing for the Performance Evaluation Component of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination Level 2 (COMLEX–USA Level 2–PE) has been completed, and osteopathic medical students will now be required to pass COMLEX–USA Level 2–PE as part of the board licensure process. This patient-based examination will provide an excellent method to assess the clinical skills of osteopathic medical students and to assess students' comprehension of the unique aspects of osteopathic patient care. Further information about COMLEX–USA Level 2–PE is available at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners available at 
At the graduate medical education level, all osteopathic internship and residency programs must now incorporate seven core competencies developed by the AOA Core Competency Task Force and approved by the AOA Board of Trustees. This is an effort to shift graduate medical education from “experience-based” education to “competency-based” education. The task force also recommended that the core competencies be implemented and evaluated by specialty colleges, specialty boards, and continuing medical education departments, as applicable. The Report of the Core Competency Task Force is available at 
As you look through this issue, you will find several interesting articles that highlight current trends in osteopathic medical education. I hope you enjoy this update on osteopathic medical education.♦