About Texas OPTI
The Texas Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (Texas OPTI) is an educational consortium comprised of hospitals and universities across the great State of Texas. Our partners include Bay Area Medical Center and Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Conroe Medical Education in Conroe, JPS Health Network, Plaza Medical Center, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine in Bryan, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock.
We work together to provide superior educational opportunities to our students upon their graduation from medical school. These opportunities include an attractive array of internships, residency programs and fellowships in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and more. Our trainees benefit from hands-on experience and the guidance of skilled professionals. Their specialized training prepares them to practice medicine as competent, compassionate physicians. Click here for our Texas OPTI Board of Trustees.
History of the OPTI
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 health care facilities such as ambulatory care clinics, rehabilitation centers and surgical centers may now have the resources and support necessary to provide physician training with an OPTI's assistance.
Osteopathic medicine is recognized in all fifty states as a leader in quality medical care. It meets community needs by focusing on providing primary care medicine. Osteopathic physicians (DOs) comprise a separate and distinct branch of medical care. DOs complete four years of basic medical education, followed by three to six years of graduate medical education consisting of an internship and specialized residency training. What distinguishes DOs is their holistic patient approach to medicine. DOs treat people, not just symptoms.
The osteopathic profession, throughout the spectrum of community-based medical training, focuses on producing patient centered, primary care physicians committed to improving the overall health of the public. OPTIs are recognized for providing a comprehensive, seamless model of education for physician training from colleges of osteopathic medicine through graduate medical education programs and beyond. An OPTI adds value to medical training by assuring the osteopathic concepts of holism, wellness and prevention, caring for the patient's individual health needs, environment and ability to access quality health care.
The added benefit of osteopathic principles and practice is demonstrated through OPTIs. Manipulative medicine and its relationship to wellness are distinct and effective features of osteopathic medicine.
More than one-half of the nation's 48,000 DOs are primary care physicians. Many practice in medically under served urban and rural areas. DOs may seek training and certification in any recognized medical specialty, however, all DOs are trained in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a hands-on diagnosis and treatment tool that can be used in conjunction with medication or surgery. OPTIs contribute to the community by promoting and providing distinctive osteopathic health care.
The seventeen accredited OPTIs encompass more than 150 osteopathic internship programs and over 500 osteopathic residency programs.
The OPTIs provide an enhanced quality assurance mechanism for AOA-approved postdoctoral training programs. Partnerships and collaborations between academic medicine, hospitals and other community based health care facilities are an integral part of OPTI. This collaborative effort helps to combine the partners' resources to minimize duplication of support services for medical education.
An OPTI embraces multiple partners. This structure allows for ease in piloting new curricula at one or more sites, encouraging innovative and creative ideas in curricular design and sharing resources.
While an OPTI provides a seamless continuum of osteopathic medical education, it also requires continuous educational assessment. AOA-approved internships and residencies continue to be reviewed on-site and OPTIs are reviewed regularly. This review includes a systematic self-study, and annual reporting of data on accreditation procedures established by the Council on Postdoctoral Training and Bureau of Professional Education. The goal is to assure the highest quality osteopathic graduate medical education.
Part of the OPTI accreditation process includes encouraging clinical medical education research. Research programs are available to osteopathic interns and residents throughout each year of training. These research programs are developed in conjunction with guidelines and requirements of osteopathic specialty colleges for residency training programs and the Council on Postdoctoral Training for internship programs.
Growth of postdoctoral training continues since the inception of OPTI. Hospitals that have traditionally participated in allopathic medical education, under the supervision of an osteopathic hospital or college of medicine, increasingly train DOs. -- AOA.org