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Letter From Dr. Burke

Pragmatic Progression

A steady, progressive agenda peels to the core or solution with focus and calm.  The ACOI for over 75 years has peeled the onion of progression, mimicking the culture of pragmatism that our members have always applied in caring for their patients each day.  Our methods are based in the doctor-patient relationship and interaction, whether we are producing personalized emotional care, high quality CME, patient-based certifying vehicles, or GME programs that are second to none. Your ACOI has been, and will be, committed to mimicry of your pragmatic, progressive approach to Internal Medicine principles and practice.

Principles and Practice of Internal Medicine was the first textbook written for our field by Dr. William Osler.  He was a Canadian who began his career as a local frontier apprentice interested in infectious disease and progressed as a professional to Regent of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Osler is the father of allopathic internal medicine.  At the same time, our own culture of Internal Medicine began through Dr. Andrew Still, a frontier apprentice interested in the emotional, visual and tactile function of healing, who then progressed to an entirely unique and patient-focused field of medicine that has never lost sight of its base principles and practice. Osteopathic Internal Medicine continues to progress pragmatically since the late 1800s using these base principles and your application of them in caring for patients today. It is bigger than the Regency of the Royal College of Physicians.  It is bigger than Internal Medicine. It is more than worth preserving, protecting and progressing. The ACOI is an organizational platform needed to continue Osteopathic principles’ and practices’ worth.
Osteopathic principles and practices of Internal Medicine are not solely osteopathic. It is just easier for us to apply them in caring for patients due to our education and continuing education.  There are plenty of allopathic colleagues who practice this style of pragmatic, progressive medicine that is patient centric each day.  We want to embrace them and professionally support this style whether D.O. or M.D.  We want to lead the way of emotional, sense-driven internal medicine while adding pragmatic progression of art and science, always focused on the sacrosanct relation of patient and doctor.  This is more than preserving Osteopathy and directly linked to preserving the profession of medicine.

So here’s to you, who work unwaveringly for your patients day in and out.  The ACOI gets it, values it and is committed to supporting it.  Your principles are our principles. This is our core.
Branding Update
Briefly, the Executive Committee determined during a recent planning retreat that we need to develop a concise and core message for the organization as we change our focus and product line and reach out to osteopathic and non-osteopathic colleagues.  Consequently, we participated in a workshop this month to identify our key messaging and communication strategies.  More to come in direct messaging to you by our Fall Convention.  We are really focusing the message to our core principles and practices in an effort to better define the holistic approach to Internal Medicine.  So, progress.

AOBIM/ACOI Partnership
Also this month, we partnered with the AOBIM in a joint letter to our osteopathic internal medicine program directors confirming the validity of AOBIM certification, its importance in securing standards for our brand of medicine and the value of continuity of training and standards that has been the hallmark of our 75+ year heritage. ABIM certification is not required to be a residency program director and this is a fully supported statement by the ACGME.  The AOBIM stands strong with leadership in quality testing and psychometric validity for practicing internists. The AOBIM is better and more pragmatic.  The ACOI is fully committed to supporting the AOBIM and our partnership is necessarily strong for our members, who constitute the majority of diplomates of this Board. Maintaining a strong osteopathic internal medicine board certification is a critical component to keeping patient-centric, principled internal medicine alive and vibrant. Your local support at home and in your training programs must be continued for future generations of internists devoted to osteopathic principles and practices. Please contact the office with any concerns or questions in this regard. We are here to help.

Finally, summer is upon us.  Please take time from the grind of clinical practice to smell the roses. I wish you all a happy and safe summer.

Martin C. Burke, DO, FACOI