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Residency Program Support

Residency Programs, formally know as Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME), occur after successful completion of osteopathic medical school. New graduates must successful complete an accredited OGME or ACGME program and become board certified before practicing medicine without the supervision of an attending physician.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is among many groups that believes more residency programs are needed to support the growing number of medical school graduates.

Last spring, 70% of the osteopathic medical school graduates from Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, WA and Western University / College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR had to leave the Northwest to participate in a Graduate Medical Education Program.

As a public charity, the Foundation supports the continued growth of OGME and ACGME programs with “osteopathic recognition” throughout the Northwest. Research supports that the public is better served and communities receive better healthcare when residency programs are available to osteopathic medical school graduates. We need opportunities for all our medical school graduates to stay local while they finish their residency program.

Creating new residency programs is outside the scope of the Foundation’s program as a public charity. However, we do provide educational opportunities in support of Northwest residencies.

  • We annually provide an opportunity for Northwest residency program directors to meet and look at regional issues that support continued growth.
  • We annually provide an opportunity for Northwest DOs board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine to meet and learn how they can further support OGME and AGGME with “osteopathic recognition” programs.

(For more information about OGME and the move to a single accreditation system for all GME, please visit the American Osteopathic Association.)

(For more information about the need for more OGME programs, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.)