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.
AODME OPTI Council
The AODME OPTI Council was established by AODME in 2012 to facilitate discussion, information sharing and collaboration between OPTIs and to serve as a voice of the OPTIs to AODME, and various committees and councils in the AOA.
The AODME OPTI Council is comprised of one representative from each OPTI. The Council is represented on the AODME Board of Trustees by the following members:
Howard Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI, FAODME – Council Chair
Richard LaBaere, II, DO, MPH, FAODME – OPTI 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