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DOs Appointed to ACGME Board of Directors to Govern Single Accreditation System for Graduate Medical Education

October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014


Lisa Cole, MBA 
Vice President of Communications and Marketing 

As an important milestone in the transition to a single graduate medical education (GME) system, four osteopathic nominees of AACOM and AOA to the ACGME Board have been elected, effective January 1, 2015.  

"These governance appointments demonstrate that the transition to single GME is working as planned, and serve as a testament to the progress made by the three organizations," said Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of AACOM. "The joint decision of AACOM, AOA, and ACGME came about after months of careful deliberation and coordination, underscoring the mutual resolve and commitment shared by all parties to strengthen the GME system and improve U.S. health care."  

These appointments are pending approval of bylaw changes by ACGME member organizations pursuant to the MOU.

After a process of thorough vetting, AACOM and AOA submitted nominations for their respective candidates in July 2014. Nominees were then presented to the ACGME Board for final consideration during their September meeting, where two from AACOM and two from AOA were approved. Below are biographical overviews of the new appointees. 

AACOM's Nominated Appointees 

  • Gary Slick, DO: Dr. Slick has held several important posts that solidify his reputation as a consummate professional in the field of osteopathic medicine. He is currently a Medical Director at the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma (OMECO); Director of Medical Education-OMECO Teaching Health Centers; and Professor of Internal Medicine at OSU Center for Health Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, earned a MA in Physiology degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1969, and earned his DO degree in 1969 from Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. 

  • Clinton Adams, DO: Dr. Adams is a Professor of Family Medicine, the Senior Advisor for Strategic Leadership and External Affairs, formerly Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Dean at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). A graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Adams entered the Navy Medical Department as an Undersea Medical Officer and completed residency training and is board certified in Family Medicine and Anesthesiology. During Dr. Adams’ 30-year career as a Naval Officer, he achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and was the Commander, CEO, of three naval hospitals, the largest being Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center that oversaw more than 300 trainees, including 12 ACGME accredited residencies. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. 

AOA's Nominated Appointees 

  • Karen Nichols, DO: Dr. Nichols is currently the Vice-Chair of AACOM’s Board of Directors and the Dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. She is a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the same institution.   

  • David Forstein, DO: Dr. Forstein is a practicing reproductive endocrinologist, a Residency Program Director at Greenville Health System in South Carolina and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine Greenville. 

The 13 members of the Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) have also been selected and are listed here. The OPC will develop requirements for osteopathically-focused residency programs and prerequisites for MDs seeking entry into osteopathically-focused programs. 



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 2013-14 academic year these colleges are educating over 23,000 future physicians – more than 20 percent of 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’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.