Single GME accreditation

Osteopathic medical students, residents, and faculty want osteopathic recognition

In a new study, more than two-thirds of respondents reported that osteopathic recognition was important.


As an increasing number of AOA residency programs receive ACGME pre-accreditation in the profession’s transition to a single GME accreditation system, there is a growing focus on osteopathic recognition. Do osteopathic medical students, residents, and faculty see value in osteopathic recognition?

According to a recent article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the answer is “Yes.”

Kari Hortos, DO, and colleagues at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine surveyed students, residents and physicians to gauge their views on osteopathic recognition and the single accreditation system.

Students are OR’s biggest fans

Of the 728 total respondents, 68% indicated that osteopathic recognition was somewhat important, important, or very important. The findings varied by respondent group.

“Students were the most likely to believe osteopathic recognition was important, at 80%. Faculty followed at 76%, followed by residents at 56%,” reports Dr Hortos.

It’s unclear why residents rated the importance of osteopathic recognition lower than the other participants, but the authors postulate that some residents may believe OR is not relevant to their specialty.

Faculty also identified barriers to applying for osteopathic recognition. It’s not surprising that the perceived administrative time required for obtaining it topped the list.

“Although some DO educators may view the additional requirements for osteopathic recognition as an opportunity to maintain osteopathic distinctiveness, others may question whether the additional administrative task is worth the effort,” says Dr Hortos. “We hope that our findings can help inform strategies to ensure that interested programs achieve osteopathic recognition.”

Read the full findings in The JAOA.


  1. Stanley Orons, D.O.

    Full “recognition” in the eyes of the general public is still probably years away. Inbred misinformation continues to cause distrust and contempt on the part of not only the OLDER general population but even with some of the OLDER allopathic graduates.

  2. Fred Srebnick DO

    Recognition will follow when patients see and feel the actual benefits of Osteopathic treatment. If a DO practices the same as an MD, what is here to recognize? I suggest every patient have an Osteopathic, hands-on examination (and treatment, if needed) for every chief complaint. Becoming proficient at OMT is vital. Jones Counterstrain technique is perfect for treatment as well as diagnosis. The patient will think you are a magician and you, and Osteopathy, will be recognized. Proficiency breeds confidence and pride in your profession.

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