OPTIs and TOMEC History
OPTIs are recognized for providing a comprehensive, seamless model of education for physician training-from colleges of osteopathic medicine through graduate medical education programs and beyond. An OPTI adds value to medical training by assuring the osteopathic concepts of holism, wellness and prevention, caring for the patient's individual health needs, environment and ability to access quality health care. Every AOA accredited hospital residency training program must be a member of an OPTI-Osteopathic post-doctoral training institute. TOMEC is the newest OPTI in the country.
The Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium, TOMEC, received its provisional accreditation on October 31, 2012. TOMEC was created to provide an optimal educational experience for osteopathic residents and to support member residency training programs, and to create new osteopathic training programs within the southeastern United States. The founding members of TOMEC are Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Wellmont Holston Valley Orthopedic Surgery, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital Family Medicine and Norton Community Hospital Internal Medicine programs.
In the summer of 2014, two additional colleges joined TOMEC- William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS and the newly formed Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, AK. In June 2015, we added two new residency programs at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, MS- An Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine residency program are now open and expect to add many residency positions as they move forward.
Governing TOMEC is our Board of Directors. The board consists of representatives from each member organization. The administrative offices, which consist of a Chief Academic Officer and an Administrative Director, report to the board and provide the day-to-day operation of the consortium. Committees provide recommendations to the Board for setting TOMEC policies.
The Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME) committee is charged with overseeing the OGME program. The OGME committee recommends policies and procedures that meet the mission of the consortium for consistent application among member institutions and programs. OGME Sub-committees consist of Faculty Development, Research, OMM-Curriculum and Learning Resources. Residents are encouraged to join any of these committees to have a voice in their OPTI.
This TOMEC website provides residents, interns and faculty physicians answers, information and support on their time schedule. Training modules focusing on OMT and faculty development are present for additional learning opportunities for all our members. The Research page offers support for trainees and includes valuable links and information, and sign-in access to LMU’s Dr. Lon and Elizabeth Parr Health Sciences Library. The research section is also where you can view our residents/interns research papers and posters.