OGME Corner

Susan L. Rall, M.Ed

2017- 2018 Resident Section Governing Council


The Resident Section Business Meeting was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in conjunction with the Annual Clinical Assembly at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. David Cahn, D.O. recent program complete (US) from Albert Einstein Medical Center, chaired the meeting.  More than 25 residents and fellows were in attendance.  Representatives of the Resident Section Governing Council (RESC) and American Osteopathic Board of Surgery addressed the residents providing information on the status of the unified accrediting system and expectations regarding changes in the certification process.  Representatives reiterated that, “No Resident Will Be Left Behind” during the transition and the importance of being engaged with ACOS—the organizational home of osteopathic surgeons. Members of the Awards Committee were also in attendance to discuss awards that are available to residents/fellows and program directors. Residents were encouraged to nominate their peers for the prestigious awards. Voting for the 2017 – 2018 Resident Section Governing Council was conducted.  Daniel Edwards, D.O., OGME-3 (URO) from Hahneman University Hospital was elected Chair-Elect; Chris Foote, D.O., OGME-4 (URO) from Albert Einstein Medical Center was elected Secretary/Treasurer; and Tran Huynh, D.O., OGME-4 (GS) from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital was elected Member-at-Large.  Alice Higdon, D.O., OGME-5 (GS) from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital was elected last year in Phoenix to Chair-Elect to chair the Resident Section and serve as the resident representative to the ACOS Board of Governors.  Samantha Brodkin, D.O., OGME-2 (GS) from PCOM holds the other Member-at-Large position, which is appointed as the resident representative to the RESC.  The new Resident Council is excited and looking forward to a new year.

General Surgery In-Service Exam


Registration forms and fees for the General Surgery In-Service Exam are due. The exam will be administered on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:00 am to 12:15 pm to all residents in ACOS/AOA accredited general surgery training programs (including those in ACGME Pre-Accreditation Status). Residents in general surgery programs which are in pre-accreditation or continuing pre-accreditation with ACGME are still required to take the exam. Residents who are in programs that are not applying for ACGME accreditation are also required to take the exam.

For additional information contact Susan Rall at (703) 684-0416 ext. 110 or srall@facos.org.