Class of 2018 Graduation in Washington, D.C.
Adela Lente, M.D.(NM); Jacqueline Kaari, D.O., FACOP,FAAP (NJ); Stephanie Zeszutek, D.O., FACOG. RPh (NY); Steven Halm,D.O. (NC); Deanah Jibril, D.O., MBA (TX).
Brandon Isaacs., D.O., FAAFP (WA); Brooke Laurent, D.O. (AR); Jason Meade, D.O. (NJ); Robert Devine, D.O.(AZ);Craig Czyz, D.O., FACS, FACOS (OH).
Amy Capoocia, D.O., FACOFP (FL)
Stephanie Zeszutek, DO. FACOG, RPh, OHPF Class of 2018, was selected as the 2019 Northup Educator of the Year.
David Russo, D.O., MPH, OHPF Class of 2019, wrote an op-ed on non-profit hospital community benefit programs.
David Russo, D.O., MPH, OHPF Class of 2019 wrote an op-ed featured in The Lund Report about nonprofit hospital community benefit programs. Read the article.
The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not imply endorsement by AACOM.
David Broder, DO, FACP, FACOI was re-elected for a sixth term as Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the AOA
David Broder, DO, FACP, FACOI was re-elected for a sixth term as Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association. He assisted in presiding over the 2018 House which was held July 20 – 22 in Chicago, Illinois.
NYITCOM Class of 87
Graduate, AOA Health Policy Fellowship Inaugural Class
Duane Koehler, D.O., FACOFP, inducted as President of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Duane G. Koehler, DO, FACOFP Dist., OHPF Class of 2003, was installed March 22 as president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Dr. Koehler was installed as president in front of almost 1,500 osteopathic physicians (DOs) at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ 55th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars in Austin, Texas. The organization represents and supports more than 22,000 practicing and in-training Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Dr. Koehler follows immediate past president Rodney Wiseman, D.O., FACOFP Dist, OHPF Class of 2006. David Park, D.O., FACOFP, OHPF Class of 2013, currently serves as Vice President.
“In terms of earning a living, I have found being an osteopathic family physician to be the most rewarding experience of my life,” said Koehler during his acceptance speech. “What makes it so rewarding? My patients – our patients – those who have entrusted their very lives into our hands. What a privilege!”
Dr. Koehler is Assistant to the Dean for Rural Education at the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves as a Designated Institutional Officer for five Teaching Health Center residency programs in Eastern Oklahoma. He has served as a preceptor in Family Medicine and Rural Medicine at OSUHSC-COM and is a past president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, delegate-at-large to the American Osteopathic House of Delegates and past president of the Northeastern District Osteopathic Society and of the Oklahoma Society of the ACOFP.
Dr. Koehler earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990. (ACOFP Press Release March 22, 2018)
Juan Acosta, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, to be inducted into Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators Collegium of Fellows
Jo Ann Mitchell, DO, FACOI, FAODME, Chair, AOGME Collegium of Fellows, recently announced that Juan Acosta, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, HPF Class of 2015, will be inducted into the AOGME Collegium of Fellows at the annual spring AACOM conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Mitchell explained, " Fellowship in AOGME is an honor recognizing long and meritorious service to the AOGME (formerly AODME) and the osteopathic profession."
Dr. Acosta currently serves as Associate Medical Director at Saint Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown, NY. Prior to this position, Dr. Acosta served as Assistant Dean for Post-Doctoral Education at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU), Associate Professor at PNWU, Regional Academic Officer for OPTI-West/PNWU, Medical Program Director – Yakima County for the Washington State Department of Health and the Health and Human Services (HHS)/NDMS Medical Officer for the Disaster Medical Assistant Team, WA-1. Dr. Acosta received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. (March 12, 2018)
Eric Mast, D.O., OHPF 2017, publishes Implications of a National Health Insurance Marketplace in JAOA
Eric E. Mast, D.O.,Osteopathic Health Policy Fellow in the Class of 2017, published a health policy brief, Implications of a National Health Insurance Marketplace, in the current issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Dr. Mast explains the potential benefit of interstate sales of health insurance policies - that competition could lower premiums - is currently outweighed by potential weakening of consumer protections. As Dr. Mast explains, "A national health care marketplace should strive to balance the need for access to affordable health insurance for all US citizens while maintaining adequate quality standards and consumer protections across all policies being offered." Read the article here.
Dr. Mast has practiced Family Medicine for the last 20 years in Sandusky, OH and has maintained staff privileges at Firelands Regional Medical Center since 1996. He has served as the Program Director of the Firelands Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency since 2003, and was appointed as the Director of Medical Education in 2009. In 2015, he was named as Master Faculty by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., appointed President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) Board of Governors appointed James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., OHPF Class of 2017, as the medical school’s next president.
Nemitz, who has been employed with WVSOM for the past 31 years and currently serves as the school’s vice president for administration and external relations, will begin his role on July 1. Nemitz will be WVSOM’s seventh president.
“I am truly honored to be selected as the next president of WVSOM. This is a place that I’ve devoted a majority of my career, it’s a place that I love with all my heart and it’s a place that I deeply care about,” Nemitz said after his announcement. “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I received during the process and since the announcement has been made. I look forward to stepping into this role with a lot of enthusiasm and energy for the purpose of making sure that this great institution continues to move forward and make a difference in the lives of others.” Nemitz will succeed Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., OHPF Class of 1995, who has been serving as WVSOM’s president the past eight years and, who Nemitz said, has acted as a mentor to him throughout his time in a leadership position. (WVSOM press release 2/1/18)
Marie Florent-Carre, D.O., MPH, appointed Chair of Rural and Underserved Medicine at NSU-COM
NSU-COM Dean Elaine Wallace recently announced the appointment of Marie Florent-Carre, D.O., MPH, OHPF Class of 2017, as Chair of Rural and Underserved Medicine. Dr. Florent-Carre succeeds Jim Howell, MD, who will contrinue to serve as Assistant Dean of Professional Relations. Dr. Florent-Carre is currently an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at NSU-COM, and served as the Director of the Department of Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine.
Dr. Florent-Carre obtained her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. She completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Westchester General Hospital in Miami, Florida in 2009. She is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention from Florida International University in 1999. (January 2018)
Leaders in the Osteopathic Medical Education Community and OHPF Receive 2017 National Awards
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) awarded the Dale Dodson Award and Robert A. Kistner Award respectively to Michael D. Adelman DO, DPM, JD , President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), OHPF Class of 1995, and to Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Director of the AACOM Health Policy Fellowship (HPF), during the Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.
According to the AACOM web site, “Dr. Adelman has been president of WVSOM since 2011, after previously serving as dean of the college for nine years. During this time, Dr. Adelman was integral in the steady evolution and growth of the campus—including the addition of a student center and the crafting of the school’s first strategic plan, as well as the advancement of WVSOM's research, curriculum, and scholarship capacity. Dr. Adelman’s unparalleled passion, integrity, and dedication to OME have greatly impacted the growing pipeline of high-quality physicians practicing in rural underserved communities in the Appalachian region, and beyond.
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., president of the Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine and founder and director of the OHPF, was the first DO to serve as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and the first African-American female to serve as dean of a U.S. medical school. For the past 17 years, she has worked with NYITCOM in a variety of leadership roles—including Inaugural Site Dean of NYITCOM at Arkansas State, which successfully opened this past fall. Through her dedication to service, advocacy, and medical education, she has made a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals, and has inspired thousands of osteopathic medical students to pursue careers in medicine.” (May 18, 2017)
Burrell Institute of Health Policy and Research Releases Report on the Potential Impact of Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on New Mexico
To assess the impact of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the team at the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research has developed a white paper, Potential Impact of Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on New Mexico. Hugo Vilchis, MD, MPH, Executive Director of BIHPR and Associate Dean at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, authored the paper with Renee T. Despres, Ph.D, MPH, and Anne Barraza, MLn. George Mychaskiw II, DO, OHPF Class of 2007, founding Dean of BCOM, helped to establish the research institute with the support of Dan Burell, Executive Chairman of BCOM.
The mission of the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research is to provide accurate and timely information that can be used to craft health policies to improve the health of New Mexicans and the US-Mexico border population. Founded in 2016, the Institute is committed to providing unbiased research and analysis and sharing evidence-based recommendations with legislators, elected officials, public health authorities, and health-care providers and administrators. BIHPR is a division of the SW Osteopathic Foundation for Education and Research, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The analysis shows that current proposals to repeal and replace the ACA would have a devastating effect on New Mexico’s residents, health-care systems, and overall economy:
- Repeal of expanded Medicaid, tax credits, and subsidies would lead to a 136% jump in the uninsured rate for New Mexico, leaving approximately 266,000 New Mexicans, including 29,000 children, without coverage;
- More than 4 out of 10 New Mexicans have a pre-existing condition such as asthma, diabetes, or cancer and would stand to lose health-care coverage if the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions were repealed;
- Repeal of the ACA’s “lifetime limits” prohibition would jeopardize health-care coverage for the more that 27% of New Mexicans living with chronic health conditions;
- Repeal of Medicaid expansion would leave nearly one out of 10 New Mexicans without health coverage. For details, click here.
Three OHPF Fellows Earn ACOFP Master Preceptorship Award
Nancy Bono, D.O., FACOFP, OHPF Class of 2009; Robin Richardson, D.O., OHPF Class of 2014; and Jan D. Zieren, D.O., MPH, FACOFP, OHPF Class of 2005, were awarded the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Master Preceptorship award at the ACOFP '17 Convention and Scientific seminar in Kissimmee, FL. According to the ACOFP web site, "the Master Preceptor Award recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in training, education, and mentoring of osteopathic medical students in family medicine."
Dr. Bono is an Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at NYITCOM in Old Westbury New York. Dr. Richardson serves as Board Chair for FamilyCare Health Plans in Portland, OR, and as a member of the Samaritan Health Services clinical education group at COMP Northwest in Lebanon, OR. Dr. Zieren is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. She was awarded the Outstanding Female Leader by ACOFP in 2016.
Maria Plummer, M.D., Appointed to New York Board of Medicine
Maria Plummer, M.D., OHPF Class of 2014 (above), has been appointed to the New York Board of Medicine as a Pathologist Liaison. NY has a state board for each licensed profession to advise and assist the Board of Regents and the State Education Department on matters of professional regulation. Dr. Plummer will serve on a Board of Medicine Committee to determine the regulations that will define licensing requirements, licensing examinations, and practice issues for Pathologists' Assistants, a profession established by the NY Governor in 2016.
Dr. Plummer is an Associate Professor of Pathology at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York.
A Qualitative, Interview-Based Study of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship's Osteopathic Identity published in March JAOA
Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM), and Berkeley Franz, AMRS, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at OUHCOM, published their research about the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF) in the March 2017 edition of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Skinner and Dr. Franz explain their goal was to examine "the HPF's place within the profession, how Fellows have benefited professionally from the OHPF, and how the needs of the profession have been met within the larger context of US health care." Based on interviews with OHPF graduates, the authors conclude, "The OHPF's central contribution appears to be preparing leaders who can play critical roles in national policy debates while bringing visibility to the osteopathic medical profession." Access the article here.
Shane Speights, D.O., Appointed as Dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Site at Arkansas State
Shane Speights, D.O., Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2015, will serve as Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Jonesboro, AR. According to an NYIT press release, "Dr. Speights was instrumental in establishing NYIT-AR, the first osteopathic medical school in the state, where he served as associate dean of clinical education." Dr. Speights received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family and Preventative Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine in addition to being board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
OHPF Fellow Publishes Research in JAOA on Patient-Authored Prehistory as Part of Electronic Medical Record
The February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association includes research by Michael Warner, D.O, CPC,Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2017, titled Use of Patient-Authored Prehistory to Improve Patient Experiences and Accommodate Federal Law.
Dr. Warner and co-authors Margaret Warner, D.O., Thomas Simunich, and Joseph Dado conclude, "Empowering patients to contribute subjective information to their electronic health record has the potential to improve the diagnostic process." The authors recommend having patients complete a prehistory form before a medical encounter to improve the patient experience and to accommodate HIPAA law.
Dr. Warner is president of Patient Advocacy Initiatives. The non-profit teaches patients how to read, understand, correct, and co-author their medical record. Free online educational videos also show medical providers and staff how to accommodate patients' federal rights to access and amend their health record. Access educational videos here.
Dr. Warner earned his DO degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Warner is a certified professional coder by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
OHPF Fellow Receives South Florida's Top Black Educator Award for 2016
Marie Florent-Carre, D.O., MPH, OHPF Class of 2017, was selected by Legacy
magazine as one of the Top Black Educators of South Florida in 2016. Legacy,
distributed through partnerships with the Miami Herald
and the Sun Sentinel
, provides South Florida's professional community with information on business, careers, politics, lifestyle, education, religion, culture, and social commentary. Rebeca Sousa, County Commissioner of Miami Dade County (District 6), joined Legacy
in thanking Dr. Florent-Carre for her "outstanding leadership and contributions to our community."
Dr. Florent-Carre is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at NSU-COM, and serves as the Director of the Department of Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine. She is co-investigator of a study investigating adherence in older adults with multiple chronic conditions, and is the principle investigator of a grant co-sponsored by Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) for the Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) project.
AOA and AACOM Presidents respond to Norman Gevitz's article, The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action
Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., MPH, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and Boyd R. Buser, D.O., President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), respond to an analysis by Norman Gevitz, Ph.D., of the potential impacts of the single accreditation system for graduate medical education. While Dr. Gevitz predicts unintended consequences that threaten the future of the profession, Dr. Buser explains that the "single accreditation system is intentionally designed to preserve osteopathic identity, tradition, and history in GME." Instead of creating competition, Dr. Buser feels the new system creates an "emerging market opportunity . . . as the DO population trains with allopathic colleagues . . . these new physicians will help to meet the growing demand for osteopathically trained physicians."
To Dr. Gevitz's recommendation to consider returning to a separate OGME pathway, Dr. Buser responds, "The status quo is not an option." Dr. Shannon agrees, explaining that a separate system "offers no solution to the reality faced with the implementation of the ACGME common program requirements which would have resulted in drastically reduced advanced training opportunities for trainees in OGME programs and which would have forced DO graduates seeking fellowships in many specialties into the ACGME pathway." Dr. Shannon explains, "While no complex transition . . . is without its challenges . . . the single GME accreditation system and other approaches to continue the full integration of osteopathic principles and practice into all of medicine are the highest goal to be attained, putting the osteopathic approach to the practice of medicine forward as a best practice for the delivery of all health care." (posted 9/14/16)
Dr. Shannon's Open Letter to the AACOM Community in response to Dr. Gevitz's position paper is available here
AACOM's Detailed Corrections, Information, and Context in response to Dr. Gevitz's position paper is available here
Dr. Buser's Single GME Update in response to Dr. Gevitz's position paper is available here
Norman Gevitz, Ph.D., releases The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action
Norman Gevitz, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at AT Still University and faculty for the Health Policy Fellowship, released today the third in a series of articles on the impact of the AOA-ACGME single accreditation system for graduate medical education. In his first two articles (April and May 2014), Dr. Gevitz predicted a decreased number of osteopathic residencies, increased competition for ACGME slots, and the loss of the OGME safety net - a combination of factors that he concluded will jeopardize osteopathic medical students' ability to secure residency positions.
Dr. Gevitz explains, "More than two years have elapsed since these two essays were written. This author stands by these observations and predictions though, as shall be argued, the loss of OGME spots will be more pronounced than first predicted."
In The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call to Action, Dr. Gevitz presents data on the conversion of AOA-only accredited postdoctoral training programs into ACGME accredited programs, discusses the implications of the data on osteopathic medical graduates' access to post graduate training, and encourages the osteopathic profession and its leadership to "rethink its commitment to the single accreditation system." 9/7/16
The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call to Action is available here.
Unintended Consequences of the ACGME Merger (April 2014) available here
An Open Letter from the AACOM Executive Commitee in Response to Norman Gevitz's Unintended Consequences of the ACGME Merger (May 2014) available here
Structure and Dysfunction: An Open Response to the AACOM Executive Committee
(May 2014) available here
Kenneth Steier, D.O., appointed Executive Dean of TouroCOM New York
Touro President Alan Kadish, M.D., has announced that Kenneth Steier, DO, MBA, MPH, MHA, MGH, OHPF Class of 2003, Dean of the Middletown campus, is assuming responsibilities as Executive Dean of TouroCOM in New York. According to Dr. Kadish, "Dr. Steier will continue his role as Middletown campus dean, and in this new capacity he will be responsible for ensuring the continued alignment of the administrative, admissions and academic processes on both our Harlem and Middletown campuses to ensure consistency. Robert Goldberg, DO, will remain as Dean of TouroCOM Harlem, with continuing responsibility for the daily administration of the campus." (6/29/16)
Dr. Steier is Board certified in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine. He formerly served as Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, as well as a Clinical Assistant Dean at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds master’s degrees in business administration, public health, geriatric health, and health administration. Dr. Steier is an accreditation surveyor for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), a grant reviewer for the Health Resources Services Administration, and a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration. He received a bachelor of science in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Larry Suess, D.O., Ph.D., FACN published Op-Ed in Courier-Journal
The Courier-Journal published an opinion-editorial article by Larry Suess, D.O., Ph.D., FACN, OHPF Class of 1999, titled Regulations Hamper Kentucky Medicaid Access (7/19/16). Dr. Suess asks, "Are those needing health care better able to access services any better since managed Medicaid started five years ago?" Dr. Suess concluded that Kentucky's capitated managed care system undervalues physician services and maximizes corporate profit at the tax payers expense, pointing out that "Kentucky MCO’s have the highest profit margin of any state Medicaid program in the nation - nearly five times the national average." Read the full article here.
Patricia Chute, Ed.D., to serve as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Dalton College in Georgia
Dr. Patricia Chute, Ed.D., OHPF Class of 2012, Dean of the School of Health Professions at New York Institute of Technology, has been named vice president for Academic Affairs at Dalton State College effective July 25.
According to Chattanoogan.COM (5/2/16), “Dr. Chute comes to Dalton State with an unusually broad background in Academic Affairs having served as dean of the School of Health Professions and interim dean of the School of Education at her previous institution,” said President Dr. Margaret Venable. “She has had a very distinguished career and brings to us experience with shared governance, strategic planning, accreditation, curriculum development, and community and legislative partnerships. She has established a reputation for advocating for the needs of first-generation college students and for a leadership style that incudes respect for her colleagues’ ideas and opinions.”
As Dalton State’s chief academic officer, Dr. Chute will have administrative responsibility for the College’s five schools and 244 faculty members. She will oversee the development of new degree programs in addition to the 21 bachelor’s and 17 associate degree programs Dalton State currently offers and career certificate programs. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/5/2/323361/Dr.-Chute-Named-Dalton-State-s-Vice.aspx
Murray Berkowitz, D.O., appointed to Assistant Dean Position at PCOM-Georgia
Murray R. Berkowitz, D.O., M.A., M.S., M.P.H., OHPF Class of 2005, has been appointed Interim Asst. Dean for Clerkships and Core Site Development at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berkowitz is a tenured Associate Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and OMM and is Director of Preventive and Community-Based Medicine. Dr. Berkowitz is also Vice President and Chair, Occupational Medicine Division of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.
Robyn Phillips-Madson, D.O., MPH, publishes article in April JAOA
Robyn Phillips-Madson, D.O., MPH, and Shafik Dharamsi, Ph.D., co-authored Osteopathic Medical Education and Social Accountability which appears in the April 2016 edition of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association . Dr. Phillips-Madson is Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of the OHPF Class of 2006.
Dr. Phillips-Madson and Dr. Dharamsi explain, " . . . Physicians, medical educators, patient advocacy groups and community-based organizations have called for medical education to meet societal health needs, particularly the needs of . . . the most vulnerable, by incorporating social accountability into the medical curriculum." The authors conclude that the osteopathic profession is well poised to "provide an enabling and conducive environment for broader social accountability in the health care system," and that "osteopathic medical schools must actively safeguard the profession's commitment to producing healers that are fiduciaries for their patients, communities, and populations at large." Read the full article here.
Darren Sommer, D.O., MBA, MPH, Submits Testimony to Ohio Legislature
OHPF Class of 2015 Fellow Darren Sommer, D.O., MBA, MPH, submitted Testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives Task Force on Medical Marijuana at the request of the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Dr. Sommer examined three controversies surrounding medical marijuana: the conflict between state and federal laws; the confusion around prescribing marijuana; and the differences between medical marijuana and commonly prescribed drugs. Dr. Sommer concluded,"if Ohio feels compelled to provide its citizens with the right to use marijuana, it should not do so by placing Ohio physicians at risk." Read Dr. Sommer's Testimony here
David Broder, D.O. awarded Honorary Membership in National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society
Omega Beta Iota, the National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society, has extended an honorary membership to David Broder, D.O., OHPF Class of 1995 in recognition of his leadership modeled to students in political activism. According to Gabrielle Rozenberg, OMS-IV, national Director of Omega Beta Iota, the honorary society "was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the work osteopathic physicians and medical students do for our political system." In addition to Dr. Broder, 35 osteopathic medical students from 20 COMs will be inducted in the spring ceremnony held in Washington, DC. Ms. Rozenberg explains, "A vast majority of our incoming members have contributed to OPAC's Student Chairman's Club, have helped organize and/or attended local DO Day on the Hill events at their respective state capitols, are active participants in their state osteopathic medical associations/societies, have written numerous letters to members of congress, and have proven their overall commitment to our profession and patients through consistent action." (4/1/16)
Robert Hasty, D.O., FACOI, FACP, Appointed Dean of Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Idaho Governor Butch Otter has announced a new public-private partnership to create Idaho's first four-year medical school at Idaho State University's Meridian Health Science Center. The new school will be led by Robert Hasty, D.O.
, FACOI, FACP, OHPF Class of 2007. As Dr. Hasty explains, "We began this regional medical school initiative over e year ago and have already established clinical affiliations with outstanding health systems in Montana, South Dakota, and here is Idaho. I want to express our sincere appreciation to Governor Otter for his invitation, leadership, and understanding of the osteopathic medical education model - especially its success in primary care placement in rural America." 2/28/16
For more information, go to www.idahocom.org
Jeffrey Morgan, D.O., Appointed Dean of ATSU-SOMA
Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Dr. Craig M. Phelps, D.O., President of AT Still University of Health Sciences, announces the appointment of Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, as Dean of the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). Dr. Morgan has been serving as Acting Dean since June 5, 2015. Dr. Morgan is a general internist and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Morgan joined ATSU-SOMA in July 2013 as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Public Health.
Dr. Morgan is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Past President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), and currently serves as Speaker of the House of Delegates for the same association. In 2013, he was honored as AOMA Physician of the Year. Dr. Morgan is a graduate of the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators (2015) and is a graduate of the Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2002.
Dr. Morgan joins 21 OHPF grads who serve (or served) as President (2) or Dean (19) of Health Professions Colleges.
Fellow Accepts Chair Position at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Scott Cyrus, D.O., OHPF Class of 2012, has accepted the opportunity to serve as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. Dr. Cyrus is currently the president and owner of Children and Adolescent Medical Services and is Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Pediatrics at SouthCrest Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
Dr. Cyrus has served on the board of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA) for the past ten years and was privileged to serve as President in 2010-2011. He has served on many bureaus and committees at the OOA and is a delegate to the AOA House of Delegates. Dr. Cyrus served as president of ACOP in 2013. He was honored to be named as an AOA Mentor of the Year finalist in 2009 and currently is a member of the AOA Mentor Hall of Fame.
Fellow to Lead the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
Alissa Craft, D.O., HPF Class of 2011, has been appointed Secretary of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Dr. Craft explains, "As the secretary for the Committee on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), my primary undertaking for the next four months will be assisting the committee on their petition with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to remain the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools... We’re going to spend some time reviewing our processes to make sure that we remain one of the best accrediting agencies around, and I’ll be helping the COCA commissioners implement any improvements needed." Dr. Craft is a graduate of AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
OHPF Fellows Appointed as Deans
Brian Kessler, D.O., FACOFP, (left) and John Dougherty, D.O., FACOFP, FAOSM, FAODME, (right) have been appointed Dean of Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada, respectively. Dr. Kessler, OHPF Class of 2011, has been serving as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Dr. Kessler, a board-certified Family Physician, graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is the former Chief Academic Officer at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.
Dr. Dougherty, OHPF Class of 2015, has been serving as Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and GME at Kansas City University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dougherty received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Science - College of Osteopathic Medicine, NKA Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992. He previously served as Acting Dean at KCUMB and as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Kessler and Dr. Dougherty join 20 OHPF grads who serve (or served) as President (2) or Dean (18) of Health Professions Colleges.
OMED Policy Posters 2015
Left to right: Marc Kaprow, D.O.; John Sealey, D.O.; Stacey Pierce Talsma, D.O.; Karen Isaacs-Charles, D.O.; Michael Finley, D.O.; Tess Poland, MSN; Nancy Cooper, Coordinator, HPF. Not Pictured: Ulrick Vieux, D.O.
Seven Fellows in the OHPF Class of 2015 presented Policy Posters at OMED 2015 in Orlando, Florida:
Michael Finley, DO: 2014 Missouri Assistant Physician Law (S. 716): An Untapped Health Care Work Force? (First Place)
John Sealey, DO: Would Privatization of the VHA System Improve Cost, Quality, and Access to Care for Our Veterans? (Second Place)
Marc Kaprow, DO: To Infinity and Beyond: Policies to Expand Telemedicine Services (Honorable Mention)
Ulrick Vieux, DO: Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Honorable Mention)
Karen Isaacs-Charles, DO: Health Care Transparency: Improving Cost and Quality Information for Patients
Stacey Pierce Talsma, DO: Gun Violence: A Case for Supporting Research
Tess Poland, MSN: The Need for an Economic Framework for Preventive Health
Thanks to the OHPF grads who volunteered to judge the poster presentations:
Gail Dudley, D.O.; Melissa Gastorf, D.O.; John Graneto, D.O.; Robert Hasty, D.O.; Anna Hayden, D.O.; Monica Horton, MPP; Brian Kessler, D.O.; Jorge Luna, D.O.; Michelle Mendez, D.O.; George Mychaskiw, D.O.; Glenn Nordehn, D.O.; Ann Peton; Shannon Scott, D.O.; Trish Sexton, DHEd; Larry Suess, D.O.
Congratulations to Graduating OHPF Class of 2015
Left front: Mara Hover, D.O. (CO); Tess Poland, RN, MSN (IL); Karen Isaacs-Charles, D.O. (NY); Michael Finley, D.O. (CA); AOA President John W. Becher, D.O.; Marc Kaprow, D.O. (FL); Stacey Pierce-Talsma, D.O. (CA); Adrienne White Faines, CEO of the AOA. Second row from left: Ulrick Vieux, D.O. (NY); John Dougherty, D.O. (MO); Juan Acosta, D.O. (WA); John Sealey, D.O. (MI); Shane Speights, D.O. (AR); Darren Sommer, D.O., MPH, MBA (OH)
The Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2015, the twenty-first class of Fellows, received certificates of graduation from OHPF Director Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., on September 19th at the AOA National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.
Welcome Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2016
Front: Roberta Guibord, D.O. (OH); Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D. (NY); Monica Horton, MPP (IL); Amanda Deel, D.O. (AR). Back: Bunnie Richie, D.O., FAAN (AZ); Brian Harper, M.D., MPH (NY); Robert Ketchum, Ph.D. (NM); Claude Jones, D.O., MPH (FL).
The twenty-second class of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship met at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine for Orientation August 19-23 for an introduction to the policy-making and political processes as well as an overview of the key cost, access, and quality issues that impact heath care. For biosketches, click here.
Osteopathic Health Policy Fellow Appointed to N.Y.S. Professional Medical Conduct Board
New York, N.Y. – Dr. Kenneth J. Steier, Dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Middletown campus and Osteopathic Health Policy Fellows Class of 2003, has been appointed to the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (PMC). The appointment was made by Governor Cuomo upon recommendation by the board and by state health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker. The office of PMC investigates disciplinary issues involving physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants charged with professional misconduct.
Dr. Steier is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and has served as Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, as well as a Clinical Assistant Dean at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds master’s degrees in Public Health, Business Administration, Health Administration, and Geriatrics. Dr. Steier is also a Board Member of the Catskills Area Health Education Consortium and the Hudson Valley Health Education Development Consortium.
"I am so pleased to be appointed by Governor Cuomo to the New York State Physician Board for Professional Conduct,” said Dr. Steier. “Patients deserve medical care by competent professional physicians and this important organization investigates when complaints are registered. In addition, physicians deserve a fair hearing before an impartial peer group should complaints occur,” he added.
Dr. Steier has also been an accreditation surveyor for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), a grant and peer reviewer for the Health Resources Services Administration and a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration. He is a frequent guest medical expert on CBS radio, News 4 New York, and News12 Long Island.
The term is for three years, ending on June 20, 2018.
Fellow Receives AANP 2015 Advocate State Award for Excellence
Donna Emanuele, DNP, MN, FNP, CNS, FAANP, Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2014 (second from right), is the recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 Advocate State Award for Excellence honored this past June at the AANP National Educational Conference in New Orleans. This prestigious award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of the NP role.
Dr. Emanuele is an active member of several professional state and national nursing organizations and is engaged in committee work to advance the practice of nursing with a special interest in health policy and practice. She currently is the President for the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP), the only professional organization representing all nurse practitioners in the state of California, advocating for the largest number of nurse practitioners practicing in the nation.
Dr. Emanuele is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is an AARP-California coalition member and an APRN coalition member of the California Action Coalition. In addition to clinical practice, Donna is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director for the MSN-FNP program in the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. (7/15/15)
AZ State Senator Kelli Ward, D.O., Announces Candidacy for US Senate
Kelli Ward, D.O., MPH, Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2003, announced on Tuesday that she will run against 5-term incumbent John McCain for a republican seat in the US Senate. (7/14/15)
Dr. Ward received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. Dr. Ward moved to Lake Havasu, AZ in 1999 and worked as a family physician for over ten years. As the Arizona State Legislature web site explains, when Dr. Ward won a seat in the AZ state Senate in 2013, "she shifted from primary care to emergency care and she now works as a physician in the Emergency Departments in both Lake Havasu City and Kingman. Dr. Ward is also the Director of Medical Education at Kingman Regional Medical Center where she helps to train new physicians to become excellent health care providers."
Dr Ward explains,“Arizonans are looking for a change after thirty years, and they are looking for someone who will represent them and their interests. They are looking for someone to be their voice, and I believe I can be that person.”
Fellow Appointed to United States Pharmacopeia Committee
Oneka Marriott, D.O., MPH, FAAP, FACOP was recently appointed to the Committee on Healthcare Quality at the United States Pharmacopeia. According to the USP website, the organization is "a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. Since its founding in 1820, USP has helped secure the quality of the American drug supply. Building on that legacy, USP today works with scientists, practitioners, and regulators of many nations to develop and revise standards that help protect public health worldwide."
The ASP web site explains that the HealthCare Quality Expert Committee seeks the "Creation and revision of standards to foster patient-centered approaches to safe and effective use of medicines, building upon the concepts of health literacy, reduction of health disparities, and enhanced patient engagement."
Dr. Marriott is a graduate of the OHPF Class of 2014 who serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at NSU-COM and as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Florida Department of Health - Palm Beach County, Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program. (7/13/2015)
Jeffrey Morgan, D.O., Appointed Acting Dean of ATSU-SOMA
According to AACOM's Inside OME, "A.T. Still University (ATSU) recently named Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, as Acting Dean of the ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), effective June 5, 2015. As a general internist and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, Dr. Morgan joined ATSU-SOMA in July 2013 as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Public Health. He currently serves as Chair of Clinical Science Education, Chair of the Student (Academic) Performance Committee, and is Acting Director of the Clinical Education Department. Dr. Morgan is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Past President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), and currently serves as Speaker of the House of Delegates for the same association. In 2013, he was honored as AOMA Physician of the Year."(6/2015 Vol 9. No. 6). Dr. Morgan is a member of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2002.
Osteopathic Health Policy Fellows Honored at AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference
Two graduates of the Health Policy Fellowship received awards at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education annual conference held May 2015. AACOM’s Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) conferred one of two annualInnovation in Medical Education Awards to Patricia S. Sexton, MS, DHEd, Associate Dean of Curriculum, National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators Fellows Chair, for Diversity Redefining Education and Medicine—LGBT Curriculum at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sexton is a graduate of the Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2008.
The 2015 recipient of the Robert A. Kistner Award is Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, Dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University and graduate of the Health Policy Fellowship Class of 1996. According to AACOM, "The Robert A. Kistner Award is presented each year on behalf of the AACOM Board of Deans to an individual who has made important contributions throughout his or her career to benefit and support osteopathic medical education (OME). Dr. Nichols is one of the two first DOs to be elected to the ACGME Board of Directors, on which she currently serves. She has earned numerous awards including the first Physician of the Year Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, and the KCU-COM 2012 Alumna of the Year Award, among many others." (AACOM press release 5/21/15)
Bill Blazey, D.O., becomes Assistant Dean of Pre Clinical Education at NYIT-COM
Bill Blazey, D.O., Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2011, was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Family Medicine Department at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he has also been appointed to serve as Assistant Dean of Pre Clinical Education.
Dr. Blazey received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. He is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
OHPF Fellow Inducted into the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators
Stacey Pierce Talsma, D.O., Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2015, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators in recognition of her educational leadership. According to Inside OME, "NAOME is a community of outstanding educators who have met rigorous standards of academic excellence within the last five years. NAOME Fellows are inducted into the Academy each year to serve a five-year term, during which Fellows function as leaders and mentors for academic scholarship and excellence in the osteopathic medical education profession."
Dr. Pierce-Talsma serves as Associate Professor of OMM at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. Prior to her current position, Dr. Pierce-Talsma served as Assistant Clinical Faculty in the OMM Department and Program Director NMM/OMM +1 Residency Program at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine.
Dr. Pierce-Talsma became a member of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Osteopathy in March 2015.
OHPF Fellows appointed to NAOME include Michael L. Kuchera, DO, Professor and Chairperson, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, NAOME Fellows Chair, Associate Dean of Curriculum, A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine; and John Graneto, DO, MEd, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Education Director, Emergency Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.
OHPF Fellows appointed as DO Representatives on ACGME Residency Review Committees
At its meeting in early February, the ACGME Board of Directors voted on nominations to a majority of its Residency Review Committees (RCs), including approving the first DO representatives to serve on the RCs.
Lorenzo Pence, D.O., FACOFP, OHPF Class of 1997, will serve as AOA Representative - Transitional Year. Dr. Pence serves as Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. Previously he served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean at WVSOM.
Samuel Snyder, D.O., OHPF Class of 2008, was appointed to the Internal Medicine RC. Dr. Snyder is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he also serves as the Chair of Internal Medicine.
Information about Family Medicine and Anesthesiology RRC members is expected to be announced in June. For a full list of RC members, click here.
Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship Class of 2015 Meets at AACOM
Front row: Marc Kaprow, D.O. (FL); Karen Isaacs-Charles, D.O. (NY); Tess Poland, MSN (IL); Mara Hover, D.O. (AZ); Stacey Pierce Talsma, D.O. (ME); Michael Finley, D.O. (CA). Rear: Ulrich Vieux, D.O. (NY); John Sealey, D.O. (MI); John Dougherty, D.O. (MO); Shane Speights. D.O. (AR); Darren Sommer, D.O., MPH, MBA (OH); Juan Acosta, D.O. (WA).
Marcia Brand, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Health Services and Resources Administration, explains the roles of HRSA to the Fellows. Robert L. Jesse, M.D., MPH, discusses the Office of Academic Affiliations at the Veterans Health Administration.
Ed Salsberg, MPA, faculty in Health Policy at the Milken School of Public Health at Georgetown University, discusses health care workforce needs in the US.
Becky Slifkin, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation at HRSA, discusses implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nancy Cooper, OHPF coordinator, thanks David B. Moore, Senior Director of Government Relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) for his session on key legislative issues affecting medical education and research in the 113th and 114th Congresses.
Below: Members of the OHPF Class of 2015 learn about the Federal Role in Health Policy from a variety of experts. Agenda available here.