AOA president addresses SOMA on residency curriculum changes
American Osteopathic Association President Ray Stowers, D.O., the former associate dean of rural health at the OSU Center for Health Sciences, gave a presentation on changes to the residency program curriculum to the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association on Wednesday in Dunlap Auditorium.
Stowers told the students that the AOA had entered into an agreement with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine to pursue a single, unified accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the U.S. beginning in July 2015. The three organizations are currently working out the details to make the transition happen.
Currently, the ACGME accredits more than 9,000 programs with about 116,000 resident physicians (both M.D. and D.O.) and the AOA accredits more than 1,000 programs osteopathic programs with about 6,900 resident physicians (all D.O.s).
The transition to a united system will allow residents in or entering current AOA accredited residency programs to be eligible for ACGME accredited residency and fellowship programs.
Stowers said the transition to a single accreditation system would give osteopathic physicians a strong voice in determining the standards for residency training programs and would help increase the number of residency positions available for students.
Khalaf wins 2012 Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine student Tony Khalaf was named the winner of the 2012 Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest sponsored by the OSU Center for Rural Health. Khalaf's submission, Ol' Silo on Highway 45, was taken near Carmen, Okla.
The contest was part of the OSU Center for Rural Health's celebration marking the second annual National Rural Health Day on Nov. 15.
The contest received 42 entries, all of which can be viewed at the OSU Center for Rural Health website.
First Friday Seminar to focus on DNA forensics
The OSU Center for Health Sciences will host an expert on human genetics at the First Friday Seminar on Dec. 7 at noon in D-107.
Ranajit Chakraborty, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Computational Genomics at the Institute of Applied Genetics and professor of forensic and investigative genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
His lecture is entitled "Contemporary issues of DNA Forensics Interpretations: Partial matches, familial searches and utility of combined information from autosomal, Y-linked and mitochondrial markers."
The seminar is hosted by Robert Allen, Ph.D., chair of the OSU-CHS department of forensic sciences, and is open to the public. Refreshments will be available beginning at 11:45 a.m.