American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists

The American College of Neuropsychiatrists

(An Osteopathic Institution)

By Floyd E. Dunn, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.A.M.D.

The members of this Evaluating Committee were Drs. K. G. Bailey, F. E. Dunn, Cecil Harris, D.C. Littlefield, T.J. Meyers, and R. I. McRae. These men accomplished the task of transferring records and responsibility for setting up requirements and standards of graduate training within the American College of Neuropsychiatrists through their Committee, and at a meeting with the A.O.A. Committee on Accreditation of Postgraduate Training July 15, 1954 submitted for approval training programs at the Meyers Clinic at Los Angeles (Five fellowships for three-year programs in psychiatry), Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic (Three Fellowships for three- year programs in psychiatry, Kansas City College of Osteopathy & Surgery ( One Fellowship for a two- year program in Neurology and One Fellowship for a one- year program in psychiatry), Still- Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium at Tulsa Oklahoma (One Fellowship for a one-year program in psychiatry). They submitted the names of these Preceptors for approval; Drs. Floyd E. Dunn, Cecil Harris, Thomas J Meyers and A.T. Still III. They reported approval of the training programs of the following: Drs. Wilmer Bath, E.I. Bell, Leonard Gluckson, George H. Guest, Harold Higley, J. B. Joye, William Martin, Henry Nemerof, Selma Stoll and Edythe Varner.

The establishment of full- time Fellowship training programs rather than hospital based ‘residency’ training programs began to create a bit of difficulty for the trainees because the membership bureau of the A.O.A. had no rule by which reduced dues could be granted to them. After considered correspondence, a formal request was made through the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology & Psychiatry to the A.O.A. Board of trustees (on behalf of all people in full- time fellowship training in whatever discipline) that A.O.A. members in full- time training in a training center approved by one of the specialty colleges and not engaged in any private practice should be granted the same consideration regarding modification of the dues that was granted the same consideration regarding modification of their dues that was granted members in approved residencies. With pressure from all the specialty groups that had established full- time ‘Fellowships’, the Board of Trustees of the A.O.A. made this change in the dues structure.

At the same time, we formally requested that there be a consultant from the specialty involved on the team when residency programs were being given on-site inspections and evaluations, and that the specialty consultant’s approval must be obtained before the residency could be approved by the A.O.A. We met more resistance against this request, but we finally won the controversy and at present, as all in our disciplines know, our College provides the A.O.A. with a list of qualified volunteer on-site examiners from which the people in the Office of Education can select an inspector in the area when a program in neurology or psychiatry needs an on-site inspection and evaluation.

The Evaluating Committee was also given the task of preparing a standard set of Basic Requirements for Approved Graduate Training Programs in Neurology and in Psychiatry. This set Basic Documents was drafted and sent to the various training centers for their evaluation and comments prior to the next Annual Meeting of the College, which was to be held in Los Angeles, July 15 & 16, 1955. It was particularly important to have these requirements standardized and adopted and approved by the A.O.A. Office of Education because that year two residency training programs were being opened up in the east in State Hospitals through a working alliance with the Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic.

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