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.

It was reported that the A.O.A. had ratified a recommendation for a change in the Basic Documents to allow a credit of one or more years of residency training in Internal Medicine for one year of resident training in Neurology. The President also reported that the Board of Governors had met with similar officers of the College of Pediatricians and drawn up basic guidelines for the training in the sub-specialty of Child Neurology.

Floyd E. Dunn, D.O., F.A.C.N proposed by motion, the creation of a Gerdine-Kanev Memorial Lecture as the Keynote address for our Scientific Sessions. A Gerdine-Kanev Memorial plaque would be designed for presentation to each Memorial Lecture. The motion was carried.

Donald Siehl, D.O., then president of the A.O.A., was made an honorary member of the College and became the second Honorary Fellow of the A.C.N. at the annual Banquet of the College.

The Forty-third Annual Meeting of the College, which was at the Fairmount Hotel in Dallas, November 4-8, 1979, was historically notable chiefly because it was brought to our attention that our physical growth as an organization had so increased the amount of “college business” involved in serving all our needs that it was no longer feasible for one of our members to carry the load of being our Executive Secretary Treasurer as a kind of hobby or avocation in addition to carrying a full-time practice. Our capable and long-suffering “Exec-Sec” John W. Cox, D.O., F.A.C.N, brought us squarely face-to-face with this truth when he made his annual report and submitted his resignation. Dr. Cox recommended that the Board of Governors select Mr. G. Joseph Strickler as a lay Executive Secretary Treasurer for the College. The members voted to approve this recommendation for one year, with a search committee to be appointed by the Board of Governors to consider alternatives should the contract with Mr. Strickler not be renewed by mutual agreement. Mr. Strickler and his staff were already involved with the osteopathic profession, serving as the business offices of the Dayton District Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, the Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology, the Ohio Society of E.E.N.T., and the Medical Staff of Grandview Hospital.

There was considerable discussion at the Forty-third Annual Business Sessions concerning the trend to return psychiatry to the Medical model (from which, in the opinion of this author, it never really strayed except in the wishful thinking and over ambitious power-seeking fantasy of many Ph.D. and Ed.D. clinical psychologists most of whom have always reminded this neuropsychiatrist of the old saw about the new army recruit who, as soon as he learned to march thought he was ready to be a general), and the members voted to appoint a reference committee to develop a policy statement from our College to be presented to A.O.A.-Federal Representatives relative to the position of Psychiatrists (of our College) in relation to psychologists, social workers and other (psychiatric) paraprofessionals. Barry Goldstein, D.O., Chairman of this Reference Committee submitted the two following resolutions as a result of his committee’s deliberations, for action at the next meeting of the Board of Governors:

Resolution No. 1: It is the opinion that the practice of psychiatric medicine is a discipline solely under the province of the osteopathic psychiatrist, and furthermore, that the psychiatrist physician be the sole director of all paraprofessional disciplines necessary in treating the full scope of psychiatric problems, i.e., psychology, social work, and physiotherapy.

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