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.

Volume XXXI, Issue 1, of the Bulletin of the College contained the report of the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting, which was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, November 9-13, 1980. It was decided that the Executive Director would be responsible for the completion, printing and distribution of the College Bulletin, based on the cooperation of the Editors within agreed-on time schedules set on a regular basis.

Drs. John E. Raymond and Arthur Greenfield were awarded the Degree: Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists.

Our Forty-fifth Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles November 15-19, 1981, at the Bonaventure Hotel. The members adopted minor alterations of the constitution, consequent upon having hired a lay executive director. There is no record of any further action relative to the A.C.N. Corporate Documents at either the Forty-fourth or the Forty-fifth Meetings. Presumably, then, our corporate status is still intact and its status satisfactorily to both the state of Missouri, and the Internal Revenue Service.

The Educational Evaluating Committee reported that fifty-six D.O. candidates were in graduate training programs approved by the A.O.A., with most of the programs being in M.D.-controlled facilities.

The College met with the A.O.A. in Chicago for our Forty-sixth Annual Meeting, held October 3-7, 1982 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Our total membership now stood at 226, but the report stated that there were fifty D.O.’s in training programs who were not members of the College.

After almost a decade of discussion and altercation, a revision of the constitution provision for awarding the Degree: Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists was adopted by voting members. A guideline sheet had been devised by which members could gauge accomplishments in the pathways of “continued and unselfish interest in, and contribution to the field of neuropsychiatry and this College”, which had been the original reasons for the awarding of this honor to a Senior member of the College, certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology & Psychiatry, upon selection the constitution allows nominations of proposed Fellows to be made by any Senior member of the College, subject to majority vote of the Fellows and approval by the Board of Governors. Apparently the old tradition of a year of ‘sponsorship’ of the proposed acolyte by two Fellows, and the formal recitation of accomplishments which have resulted in his/her being chosen for this honor by his/her peers has fallen through the cracks, for it was not done at the last (1983) Annual Banquet at which eight members of this College were awarded this high honorary degree. Alas, it appears to this Fellow that some of the symbolic meaning of the Degree: Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists” has been lost.

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