Year in review

The top 5 stories on The DO in 2015

Articles on unified accreditation, navigating life in medical school, and growth of the profession resonated with DOs and students.


The transition to a single accreditation system for all graduate medical education programs in the U.S. remained top of mind for readers of The DO in 2015.

During the past year, the osteopathic medical profession made significant strides toward the unified system, which will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs when fully implemented in 2020. Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic profession and its contributions to health care.

Here’s a look back at the top headlines that drew interest and sparked discussion among readers in 2015:

  1. Single GME transition: Your top questions answered
    AOA President-elect Boyd R. Buser, DO, shared the latest updates and answered questions from DOs and osteopathic medical students about the single GME accreditation system.
  2. I’m an atheist—and a student at a Christian medical school
    Initially nervous about studying at a religious school, Jordan E.K. Hitchens, OMS II, shared the surprising revelations she’s had there.
  3. Allopathic GME programs seek to attract DO candidates by obtaining osteopathic recognition
    Two MDs and a DO who lead ACGME-accredited residency programs discussed the value of incorporating osteopathic principles.
  4. Top 4 issues facing the osteopathic profession—and actions to take
    AOA President John Becher, DO, discussed the profession’s most pressing affairs and offered practical tips for DOs on how to make an impact.
  5. OU-HCOM opens new campus in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic
    The partnership with the world-renowned medical center will yield opportunities for medical students and recognition for the osteopathic profession.

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