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 same issue of the Bulletin carried the news of the suspension of operation of the Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Hospital, in Macon Missouri. The hospital was the first osteopathic neuropsychiatric institution to be established in the world (1914) and for over half a century had not only provided excellent clinical care for neurological and psychiatric patients, but also had been influential in the progress of osteopathic neurologists and psychiatrists, and of the A.C.N.

The Thirty-second Annual Meeting of the College was held October 11-17, 1968 with our headquarters in the Hotel Americana. Most notable accomplishment was the final adoptive vote on the revised constitution and bylaws. The members also voted to place the selection of future Council on Educational Evaluation members in the hands of the Board of Governors of the A.C.N. The American Osteopathic Board of Neurology & Psychiatry, following decisions made at the A.O.A. levels, announced the following policy with regard to ‘Board Eligibility’ status in the disciplines of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Child Psychiatry: (1) Formally trained persons may remain board eligible only five years after the date of official notification of board eligibility. (2) If board eligibility under the ‘grandfather clause, began prior to October 10, 1968, such eligibility would terminate three years from that date. (3) Annual re-registration fees would be levied of all ‘Board Eligible’ candidates, $25.00 for the first and second years, $50.00 for the third, fourth, and fifth years in the case of candidates who had completed formal training programs, and $50.00 for each year of continuation in the case of candidates under the ‘grandfather clause’. This decision was made to clarify the term ‘Board Eligible’ as to meaning and duration, and to terminate the practice of a few candidates who, for prolonged periods, publicly label themselves “Board Eligible” without ever passing the certifying examinations.

Worthy of note in passing was the decision of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Department finally to approve specialty rating for D.O. psychiatrists as “Psychiatrists I, II, or III”, depending on credentials and merit. The same year (1969) in Kansas City Missouri, at the Menorah Medical Center’s Psychoanalytic Studies Group sessions, and at Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy program at Unity Village, the doors were opened for the first time to D.O. psychiatric residents of the area.

The January (1970) Bulletin (Vol. XXIII, No. 1) announced the inauguration of the first official program for training of D.O. Child Psychiatrists, under the direction of the Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic, utilizing the facilities of the Eastern State School Hospital at Trevose, Pennsylvania.

The same issue of the Bulletin (Vol. XXIII) reported on our Thirty-third Annual meeting, held October 6-9, 1969 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. We had our largest attendance in history—this fact had by now become practically a routine annual annotation and is recorded here only as an attestation to the fact of our continued growth and our complete recovery from the loss of one-third of our membership through the “California Defection”. The meeting was notable for the visit of A.O.A. President Scott Heatherington at our Business meeting where he spent over an hour discussing with us mutual A.O.A.-A.C.N. problems and items of interest. Also noteworthy was the first morning of our lecture program, which was presented entirely by graduate trainees and was the inaugural episode of what was designed to be an annual competition for a cash prize for the best paper written by a resident. The prize of $100.00 each year was to come from a newly created discretionary fund, which was donated to the College by Mrs. Frances L. Wilson (formerly treasurer of the New York Osteopathic Hospital, and for many years a donor to osteopathic institutions and causes). Not to be forgotten in chronicling important items of our Thirty-third Meeting was our gala banquet the evening of October 8th, high atop the Life & Time Building, in the South Room on the 48th Floor in the Tower Suite, where we had as our guests many of the great and near-great of the Osteopathic profession, including A.O.A. president Heatherington and his wife.

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