OGME Corner

Susan L. Rall, M.Ed

Resident Annual Reports and Completion Letters


The Resident Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC) will meet on August 19 to review Resident Annual Reports and accredited programs for continuing approval and program completion. Almost 700 Resident Annual Reports are expected to be reviewed at that meeting.  

As of August 1st the ACOS has received over 650 Resident Annual Reports and verified completion of only about 400+. The verification process is arduous, but all annual reports received will be reviewed. Residents whose annual reports are incomplete will be notified.

Resident annual report approval letters and program completion letters will be available to residents upon completion of that meeting, usually by the first week of September. The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS) will accept the program’s verification that a resident has completed the training in order to apply for certification by the resident. Residents are urged to not contact the ACOS for your “Program Complete” letter. The AOBS will be notified of residents’ completion of their programs after the RESC meeting.

Nominations for 2016 - 2017 Resident Section Governing Council


The Nominating Committee of the Resident Section Governing Council will finalize a slate of nominees next month for election on Thursday, September 22 during the 2016 Annual Clinical Assembly in Phoenix, AZ. Elected positions to be decided are Chair Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member-at-Large. A second Member-at-Large position is appointed to fill the resident member position on the RESC. If you are interested in serving on the council, send an e-mail expressing your interest, with an endorsement from your program director, to one of the following Nominating Committee members or to Susan Rall at srall@facos.org:

Chair, Sean Henderson, D.O., OGME-5 (URO) from Albert Einstein, seanjayhenderson@gmail.com

Chair Elect, David Cahn, D.O., OGME-4 (URO) from Albert Einstein, dbcahn@gmail.com

Secretary-Treasurer, Peter Tek, D.O., OGME-4 (URO) from Franciscan St. James,  ptek21@gmail.com

Member-at-Large, Alice Higdon, D.O., OGME-3 (GS) from St. John’s Episcopal, aliceahigdon@gmail.com

Elections will be held at the Resident Section Annual Business Meeting scheduled during the Annual Clinical Assembly in Phoenix on Thursday, September 22nd.  If nominated, you are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to increase your chances of election.  

To learn more visit the Residents Section webpage.

Surgical Educators Seminar


Program Directors and surgical residency teaching faculty are reminded to register for the Surgical Educators Seminar offered in conjunction with the ACOS Annual Clinical Assembly in Pheonix, AZ.  The Surgical Educators Seminar will be on Saturday, September 24th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Program directors are required to attend the Educators Seminar at least once every two years.

After more than two years of conversations, on February 26, 2014 the AOA announced that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) had agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new “Unified Accrediting Body.”  On July 1, 2015 osteopathic training programs were able to apply for ACGME accreditation.  Since that time, almost half of ACOS Surgical Residency Programs have applied and received pre-accreditation status with ACGME. But what are the next steps towards initial accreditation with ACGME and beyond? This Session will be devoted to the process of receiving the next step, initial accreditation, and assisting programs to reach that goal.

This Surgical Educators Seminar will be devoted to the process of ACGME accreditation, ACGME requirements and the ACGME process.  Program Directors, DMEs and program coordinators are encouraged to attend this most important workshop. Presenters for this session will be Donna L. Lamb, MBA, BSN, Mandip Atwal, D.O., FACOS, Philip Ginsberg, D.O., FACOS.  

To register for the Surgical Educators Seminar, click here.