Richard F. Howard, DO Appointed to the ACGME Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. HowardRichard F. Howard, DO, FAOAO was recently appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery. His appointment was confirmed by the ACGME Board of Directors in February 2015.

In July, 2014, the American Osteopathic Association contacted the AOAO to submit at least two nominees to the AOA. A call for nominations was sent to the osteopathic orthopedic residency Program Directors to submit their recommendations. The AOAO Evaluating Committee then reviewed the nomination forms and CVs of all nominees. The AOAO Board of Directors was asked to review all candidates and make the final nomination to the AOA.

Qualifications to serve on this committee include:

  • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery certification
  • Could not be from the same institution or city/metropolitan area as other committee members
  • Could not be from the following institutions: Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR; Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA; Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL; University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI; Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.
  • Recent experience as a program director and have demonstrated interest in competency assessment
  • Residency program must have an accreditation status in good standing
  • Must participate in major meetings of their specialty societies
  • Must also meet the following criteria:  Evidence of service in orthopaedic surgery societies or other national professional organizations/societies, appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor, scholarly achievements within the specialty of orthopaedic surgery, nominees must be skilled in the use of computers. RC members must use electronic systems for many accreditation activities, including program reviews, and reimbursement of expenses.
  • Must have knowledge and skills in analysis of data sets and a basic knowledge of interpreting statistics regarding resident experience and program performance for accreditation.
  • Must be able to devote sufficient time to the Review Committee’s work

Appointees will spend an estimated 50-60 hours for program review assignments, subcommittee work as assigned, preparation time for each RC meeting to review agenda items and related documentation, and actual travel/attendance to each RC meeting.

Dr. Howard is an osteopathic orthopedic hand surgeon at Orthopedic Specialists, PC and has served as the Residency Program Director at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, MO since 2002. Dr. Howard also served as Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery from 2009-2012. His six-year term on the ACGME Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery begins July 1, 2015.

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