ACOI Is Ready to Meet New Challenges
As we approach the holidays, it’s a great time to remember what has been given to us and to express the gratitude we feel. Aside from all the personal gifts I have been given—the love of a wonderful wife and kids, the health and abundance with which I have been blessed—I am also grateful for the opportunities I have received through ACOI. We have just come from a successful Convention. I have been given the opportunity to assume a leadership role in our organization, and to contribute more during the coming year. And I feel the support and solidarity of our Board of Directors and membership, as we steer ACOI on a new course in the new and changing environments of medical practice and education.
If you are regular readers of this space, you know from Annette Carron’s columns over the past year about the directions the Board has taken in response to these challenges. Our Board has created a distinctive new direction, as we announced at the convention, with new opportunities for service to our membership. We stand for Principle-Centered Medicine, which in a very real sense means being true to why we became osteopathic physicians in the first place. Of course, we will continue to put on education programs of the highest quality for our membership, for individual and institutional growth and development.
ACOI is one of the first osteopathic organizations to receive accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which allows us to grant category 1 AMA PRA credit. We can now sponsor CME activities that provide requisite credit to all physicians, both DO and MD—but of course we will retain our specific osteopathic identity. We are developing creative partnerships with our brother and sister osteopathic organizations to enable them to use our new Online Learning Center as a platform for their CME activities. These new capabilities will empower ACOI to increase its CME offerings to members, non-members, and hopefully, will also attract new members. We are working with AOBIM to simplify the process of continuing certification, and to make that a less onerous, more meaningful process. And with AOBIM, we hope to strengthen our ties to osteopathic internal medicine residents and assure the strength of our in-service and certifying board exams.
At the Convention, we received important suggestions from members about “greening” ACOI. Our Board has already begun to address this issue. One of my goals is to make ACOI a greener organization, in keeping with the needs of our planet and our role as its custodians. Your suggestions are welcome. This is in keeping with our decision to become a signatory member of the Consortium of Medical Societies on Climate and Health—one of over 30 member societies, along with ACP and AMA, but the only osteopathic member so far.
This coming year in ACOI history will be a long one as we meet the many recent challenges osteopathic medicine faces. Yet it will go by in the blink of an eye. Our ACOI is strong; our Board and members have the talent, ideas and drive to succeed. Let’s all work together, so that ACOI meets the challenges, thrives and creates a great new future for osteopathic internal medicine. As we provide additional information about the concept of Principle-Centered Medicine, remember that it has always been within you; it’s why you came to practice osteopathic internal medicine in the first place.
Sam Snyder, DO, FACOI