Largo Medical Center November 14, 2014

Largo, FL - A physician at Largo Medical Center has been appointed to sit on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee. Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, Chief Academic Officer of Graduate Medical Education at the hospital, is one of only 14 people nationwide to be selected for this honor.

“The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and ACGME have been in discussions for quite some time working to develop a relationship that allows graduates of either school of medicine to seek Graduate Medical Education (GME) in either discipline,” said Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, Chief Academic Officer, GME, Largo Medical Center. “This committee will help guide this process and I am thrilled to participate in something that will positively impact the future of GME.”

“Given the vision of our hospital becoming a nationally renowned academic medical center, the staff is extremely honored to have Dr. Ottaviani involved in such a monumental undertaking in the world of Graduate Medical Education,” said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center.

The AOA and the ACGME have entered into an agreement to develop a “Single Accreditation” system for all Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) graduates. While DO’s have trained in the ACGME model for 45 years, MD’s have not been able to train in the DO model.

Once the basic standards are developed, the Osteopathic Resident Review Committee will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the basic standards for all Osteopathic Focused GME programs in the ACGME Single Accreditation System. There ultimately will be a merging of the basic standards of the AOA and ACGME allowing for full integration and opportunity for all US graduates to complete their GME in either model.

The Institute of Medicine recently identified the need to address the US physician shortage and opportunities to adapt physician training to meet the future population needs. Collaboration by the two accreditation systems for physician GME on in the US will help achieve this goal.