History of OMNEE

OMNEE began operations in 2008 with our college of osteopathic partner, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg; three hospital members with specialties in traditional rotating internships, family medicine, internal medicine, neurosurgery; and one sports medicine fellowship. In 2011 OMNEE was awarded a 5-year accreditation meeting 63 of 64 standards.

In our six years of operation, our network has grown to include 13 additional hospital members that offer positions in traditional rotating internship, family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, neurosurgery, and emergency medicine. And the college of osteopathic members have increased to include VCOM’s branch campuses in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Auburn, Alabama, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) in Lillington, North Carolina, and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The COM growth requires the OMNEE to continue to develop additional graduate medical education positions for our college partners’ graduates. By the time LUCOM graduates its first class in 2018, the three COM partners will have 630 graduating students. This means that if 50% of the graduates want to stay in our post-graduate region, OMNEE will need at least 315 first year positions; if 85% of these graduates want to stay in our region, OMNEE will need to have 534 first year positions.

In order to assure we have these positions, the OMNEE is working with our college partners to identify hospitals in which post-graduate programs can be developed. Currently a new hospital member has been identified in Alabama that will offer orthopedic surgery positions.

History of the OPTI

Recognizing the need for a new system to structure and accredit osteopathic graduate medical education, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 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 may now have the resources and support necessary to provide physician training with an OPTI's assistance.

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.