That was until I read the ACGME's response written by Dr. Nasca & all my distrust & disgust for the AOA was rightfully confirmed. At first the letter starts off talking about the challenges a new Accreditation System will have upon implementation but notes the benefits that will arrive for graduate medical education once its all said & done. Then the knives come out & if you weren't already aware of how much the ACGME does for the AOA graduates then the lesson is quick & painless.
The statements as comical as they were, seemed to be only the tip of the iceberg because the most damming information from the statement came about when Dr. Nasca discussed in great detail all the co-planning the ACGME & AOA had in draft up a proposal for unification. The AOA's response implied that the ACGME backed them into a corner & blindsided them with a "take it or leave it" ultimatum but here we find out that not only were they (AOA) at the table during the discussions, they helped draft the "ultimatums". One of my biggest criticisms of the AOA was that they never informed the body all the process & this may have been the reason why.
After reading this statement several times I came to the conclusion that
1. I can't trust anything the AOA tells me
2. I have to become more involved in health policy specifically the AOA because they are only seeking to benefit the few & not the whole organization.
3. I believe the baby boomer generation has been the worst set of leaders EVER & are responsible for most of the problems we face in healthcare today.
"in recent years it has diversified into specialty and subspecialty training with varying degrees of success"
"ACGME provides use of the ACGME’s surgical case logs to osteopathic surgical residents in order to facilitate the documentation of their educational experiences, and for use by the osteopathic accreditors of surgical residencies."
"Most importantly, ACGME accredited institutions, their programs and faculty today educate more than 60% of the recent graduates of osteopathic medical schools."