AOGME Council of GME Consortia Leaders (formerly AODME OPTI Council)
The AOGME Council of GME Consortia Leaders (formerly the AODME OPTI Council) was established in 2012 to facilitate discussion, information sharing and collaboration between Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTIs) and to serve as a voice of the OPTIs to the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), and various committees and councils in the AOA.
The AOGME Council of GME Consortia Leaders is comprised of one representative from each OPTI. The Council is represented on the AOGME Board by the following members:
Howard Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI, FAODME – Council Chair
Richard LaBaere, II, DO, MPH, FAODME – Council Co-Chair
Guy DeFeo, DO – Eastern District Representative
Dana Shaffer, DO – Valley District Representative
Kerrie Jordan, MS – Midwest District Representative
Lisa Nash, DO – West District Representative
- Sharing information regarding current osteopathic graduate medical education and OPTI Accreditation
- Participating in dialogue regarding best practices for graduate medical education with AOA Division of Postdoctoral Training and the Education and Evaluation Committees of AOA Specialty Colleges
- Presenting recommendations to AOGME (formerly AODME), AOA Program and Trainee Council (PTRC), Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training (COPT), Bureau of Osteopathic Education (BOE), Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI), and other constituencies
- Promoting opportunities for collaborations among the OPTIs and AODME
- Participation in AOA COPTI, COPT PTRC, AODME Board meetings
Recognizing the need for a new system to structure and accredit osteopathic graduate medical education, the American Osteopathic Association established the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) in 1995.
Each OPTI is a community-based training consortium comprised of at least one college of osteopathic medicine and one hospital. Other hospitals and ambulatory care facilities may also partner within an OPTI. Community-based healthcare facilities such as ambulatory care clinics, rehabilitation centers and surgicenters now have the resources and support necessary to provide physician training with an OPTI’s assistance.
OPTIs are organized to provide a comprehensive, seamless model of education for physician training--from colleges of osteopathic medicine through graduate medical education programs. While each OPTI is unique all share the goal of adding value to graduate medical education training by assuring the osteopathic concepts of whole person care, wellness and prevention, caring for the patient’s individual health needs, environment and ability to access quality health care.