An Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution, or OPTI, is a consortium of osteopathic graduate medical programs. OPTIs consist of an osteopathic medical school and one or more teaching hospitals whose affiliation provides strong, high-quality postdoctoral training programs.
The Program and Trainee Review Committee (PTRC) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approves internship and residency training programs in hospitals. Each of MWU/OPTI’s internship and residency training programs has been awarded full accreditation by the AOA’s Program and Trainee Review Committee.
The AOA mandated the organization and accreditation of OPTIs through its Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI) in 1998 to assure the public, appropriate governmental jurisdictions, the osteopathic medical profession, and intern and resident trainees that established levels of quality, or standards, for postdoctoral education in osteopathic medicine have been met or exceeded. The accreditation process involves systematic examination, peer review, and evaluation of all aspects of the OPTI's educational impact and effectiveness as measured against AOA-approved standards. Standards additionally guide thorough assessment of the financial and philosophical ability of institutions to provide quality training programs and to assure intern and resident trainees that they are entering educationally and financially stable programs.
The Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions publishes the accreditation standards for osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions and additionally provides documents utilized in the review and approval of internship and residency training programs. The standards, published as the Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training (2/2016) on the AOA's website, consist of nine sections that provide an overview of the basic requirements for OPTIs, and also for approvals for new and continuing intern and residency training programs.
- Section I: Introduction to Postdoctoral Training
- Section II: Mission Statement
- Section III: OGME Goals
- Section IV: Institutional Requirements for OGME
- Section V: Program Requirements
- Section VI: Postdoctoral Leadership Requirements
- Section VII: Trainee (Intern/Resident/Fellow) Requirements
- Section VIII: Evaluation
- Section IX: Standards for Accreditation of OPTIs
- Section X: AOA Program Accreditation During Transition to Single Accreditation System
The information published in the Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training(2/2016) provides requirements and guidance to directors of medical education, specialty affiliates, intern and resident surveyors, program directors, administrators, and interns and residents. The nine sections are arranged to reflect the requirements for the administration of an intern or residency program and their relationship to the OPTI.
As mandated in 1998, Midwestern University restructured its postdoctoral training programs to meet the standards and requirements of COPTI, and the newly organized MWU/OPTI was awarded accreditation by the Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI) of the American Osteopathic Association. Its most recent accreditation action occurred in March of 2011, when continuing accreditation was granted with the next site visit anticipated in 2015.