February 23, 2015
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced the hiring of its first Senior Vice President for Osteopathic Accreditation, an important new position created as part of the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME). Lorenzo L. Pence, DO, FACOFP, former member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Board of Deans, was selected to develop and lead this new department within ACGME. Dr. Pence will report directly to Tom Nasca, MD, MACP, CEO of ACGME, and will be responsible for oversight as well as to provide insight, context, and continuity to the ongoing process of enforcing and developing osteopathic standards, policies, and strategies under the new accreditation system.
Dr. Pence comes to ACGME with extensive academic background in osteopathic medical education; clinical experience in a rural setting; and health policy experience. Most recently, Dr. Pence has served as the Dean as well as the Vice President for Graduate Medical Education and Rural Outreach at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Prior to that, he served as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio and Northwest CORE Assistant Dean for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM).
He began his medical career as a solo family physician in private practice in a small town in rural Shenandoah County, Virginia, later moving into leadership roles in both medical centers and teaching hospitals. Additionally, Dr. Pence served as the Academic Officer for Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTI), where he developed his knowledge of accreditation as well as consortium and program development. He has also served on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI) since 2008, and as its Chair since 2012. His credentials in local, state, and national health policy development stem in part from completing the AOA Health Policy Fellowship, but Dr. Pence has also been actively involved and taken leadership roles in Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (WVOMA), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), and the West Virginia ACOFP. Dr. Pence is also a member of AACOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition.
AACOM applauds ACGME on the selection of this fine candidate, and congratulates Dr. Pence on this important appointment. We believe that Dr. Pence has the insight, experience, and credentials to serve effectively as a voice for the osteopathic profession, and to be able to bridge the many disparate elements of and stakeholders in this complex evolution to a single accreditation system. We look forward to supporting him in his new role, and to working closely with him in the future, as we continue our efforts with both ACGME and AOA to implement this new system of accreditation.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2014-15 academic year these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians – more than 20 percent of all US medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 24 are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.
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