Griffin elected president-elect of national osteopathic association

PIKEVILLE – Laura E. Griffin, D.O., FAAO, associate professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP) and chair of the department of OPP at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), was chosen to be the president-elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) during the academy’s annual convocation in Louisville.

After spending a year as president-elect, Griffin will become the 2016-2017 president of the AAO, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (OMM-NMM).

“I am so honored to be given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful and important organization,” said Griffin.

Griffin has a keen interest in a proposed new residency training pathway that would accredit all osteopathic and M.D. residencies in the United States. Currently, osteopathic residencies are accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, while M.D. residencies are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Under the new system, all residencies in the country would be accredited by the ACGME. “I plan to do what I can to promote the academy’s endeavors to strengthen the osteopathic medical profession through these changes,” said Griffin.

A 1996 graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine, Griffin was the first physician to complete UNECOM’s integrated residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and family practice (NMM-FP). She is board certified in both specialties.

From 2001 to 2008, Griffin co-directed the NMM-FP residency at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. She currently co-directs the NMM-FP residency at the Pikeville Medical Center. She also serves as the faculty advisor to KYCOM’s chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy.

Griffin has served on the AAO Board of Trustees since 2009, and is a member of the AAO’s Postdoctoral Standards and Evaluation Committee which helps establish standards and reviews on-site inspections for the nation’s OMM-NMM residencies.

Griffin is a member of the governing board of the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, the nation’s only certifying board for physicians who specialize in OMM-NMM. She is one of nearly 80 osteopathic physicians who are AAO fellows. The AAO is one of the few specialty colleges that have earned fellowships. To earn her fellowship, Griffin wrote a thesis and 10 case reports, all of which were reviewed and approved by the Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy. Her thesis, “The Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment During the Neonatal Period on Infant Development and Illness,” examined the effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment performed in the neonatal period on infants’ abilities to breastfeed, rates of growth and development and on the incidence of common illnesses in the first six months of life.

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