- WHEREAS, patient informed consent is the foundation for all medical practice, and sexual assault
- is prohibited and addressed in the AOA Code of Ethics;1 and
- WHEREAS, consent is defined “to give assent or approval”2 which allows comfort and safety in
- treating patients;
- WHEREAS, students of osteopathic medicine receive extensive training in osteopathic
- manipulative treatment (OMT);3
- WHEREAS, OMT is a critical procedure to treating patients and is inherently defined by the AOA
- as a procedure;4
- WHEREAS, upon polling elected student representatives from osteopathic medical schools, 6 out
- of 20 reported their school did not require any form of obtaining informed consent when interacting
- with student patients, standardized patients, or patients in practice;5
- WHEREAS, we believe every graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine should present the
- preeminent proficiency of informed consent; and
- WHEREAS, obtaining consent is an Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) as defined by the
- AAMC as part of several domains of competence including professionalism,6
- WHEREAS, we believe curricula should spend specific time learning about and practicing the
- nuances of informed consent and its pitfalls; now, therefore, be it
- RESOLVED, that all Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine prepare their graduates to learn and
- demonstrate aptitude concerning the knowledge and practice of informed consent; and, be it further
- RESOLVED, that anyone who takes on the role of an educator in an osteopathic medical school
- setting demonstrates the knowledge and attitudes of informed consent; and, be it further
- RESOLVED, that the AOA emphasize the importance of obtaining patient and student informed
- consent in all patient encounters and encourage the Commission on Osteopathic College
- Accreditation (COCA) to ensure that throughout osteopathic medical schools, faculty and students
- obtain consent from all patients – including student and standardized patients in the classroom and
- during exams, and those in a clinic –prior to performing any physical exam or therapeutic
- intervention including osteopathic manipulative medicine diagnoses and treatments.
- “Code of Ethics.” American Osteopathic Association, Section 15 and 16, AOA, 24 July 2016, osteopathic.org/about/leadership/aoa-governance-documents/code-of-ethics/. Accessed 11 Sept. 2018.
- “consent.” Merriam-Webster.com. 2018. https://www.merriam-webster.com (11 Sept. 2018).
- COCA. Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: COM Continuing Accreditation Standards. Element 6.4 and 6.6. 11 July 2017. https://osteopathic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/com-continuing-accreditation-standards.pdf.
- “American Osteopathic Association Policy Compendium.” American Osteopathic Association, H647-A/15, p135-9. AOA, 8 August 2018, https://osteopathic.org/wp-content/uploads/policy-compendium.pdf. Accessed 03 October 2018.
- Jones, Maria. “Policy Requiring Students/Faculty to Obtain Consent before OMM Performed.” Biddeford, ME: Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. 28 August 2018. Slack.
- Association of American Medical Colleges. Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency: Curriculum Developers’ Guide. EPA 11, 2014. https://members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/Core%20EPA%20Curriculum%20Dev%20Guide.pdf.
Maria D. Jones, OMS II – University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tiffany Ziegler, OMS-III – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Christopher Skok, OMS-IV – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
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