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Keynote speaker Shay O’Mara, M.D., the medical director of trauma and acute care surgery at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, shares research strategy tips.


CORE members discuss single accreditation at research forum

(ATHENS, Ohio—April 17, 2015) In an effort to provide research support to residency program partners, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine brought hospital administrators and clinical faculty together to share best practices for meeting accreditation research standards.

With the approaching transition to single accreditation in medical education, this issue was top-of-mind among the approximate 50 people who attended the event. In 2014 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine agreed to create a single accreditation system. Currently organizations with M.D. and D.O. resident physicians are required to have dual accreditation. Under a new standardized system that will be fully implemented in July 2020, ACGME will be the sole accrediting institution for both allopathic and osteopathic residency programs. This change has implications for meeting research standards required for accreditation, which is why the Heritage College’s Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Research Office invited CORE members to the forum to discuss the future of medical research. CORE is a statewide consortium of teaching hospitals in Ohio. The CORE’s Research Office provides research education, training and support for students, residents, interns and CORE faculty.

“This forum is another resource to help programs successfully navigate this single accreditation system,” said Grace Brannan, Ph.D., executive director of the CORE Research Office. “We believe we’re stronger together.”

Robert Cain, D.O., (’88) associate dean for graduate medical education at the Heritage College, told attendees that single accreditation provides an “opportunity to expand the footprint of osteopathic medicine in the United States.” However, he said, research is an essential component to make that happen. Cain said it was time to “relight the fire in our bellies” – to conduct research that builds a strong body of evidence-based knowledge documenting the benefits of osteopathic principles in practice. He encouraged audience members to make the case that conducting osteopathic research brings value to hospitals and health systems.

“We have a lot of opportunity here,” Cain said.

Keynote speaker Shay O’Mara, M.D., the medical director of trauma and acute care surgery at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, recommended planting the research seed early among new residents. He told attendees to find the carrot that motivates them to get started, whether it’s travel, seeing their name attached to a journal article, or the recognition that comes with presenting at conferences. O’Mara also suggested setting deadlines, tracking residents’ progress on research, and making research part of their job. Above all, he said, leverage resources like the Heritage College, which since 2009 has provided research orientation and training to all of its students and formed collaborative relationships that get people to invest in the infrastructure to support research.

During breakout sessions, conference attendees offered additional suggestions for creating and sustaining a culture of research at training sites for graduate medical education. The CORE Research Office is currently looking at those ideas to determine what additional tools can be developed to help residency program directors.


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