Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAO, FAAFP, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, was chosen to be the president-elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 17 during the academy’s annual Convocation in Orlando, Florida. After spending a year as president-elect, Dr. Rowane will become the 2017-18 president of the AAO, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (OMM-NMM).
“The world is changing …. We’re at a crossroads, and with the single accreditation system, we have a huge opportunity for the profession and for the Academy,” said Dr. Rowane, who is the director of medical education at University Hospitals Regional Hospitals and an associate clinical professor of family medicine and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).
Dr. Rowane’s experience of working with osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) physicians will benefit the Academy as the profession transitions from residencies that are currently accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to residencies accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the same body that accredits MD residencies. “I will do everything I can to keep the Academy at the forefront so we can help lead the change,” said Dr. Rowane.
Dr. Rowane is a 1989 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa, where he completed a predoctoral fellowship in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). After his residency in family medicine, Dr. Rowane participated in faculty development fellowships at CWRU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a postdoctoral master’s degree in family medicine at CWRU and a fellowship with the National Institute for Program Directors. He co-directs a national osteopathic faculty development initiative, Training the Osteopathic Professions Core Educators (TOPCE) with AACOM. Dr. Rowane was appointed to the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee and represents all osteopathic training programs for the Electronic Residency Application Service with the Association of American Medical Colleges.
In 2003, Dr. Rowane became a Fellow of the AAO. The AAO is one of the few specialty colleges that have earned fellowships, and Dr. Rowane is one of barely 80 osteopathic physicians to earn it. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Rowane has frequently presented both locally and nationally and has published multiple articles and book chapters. In 2012, he published the book Basic Musculoskeletal Manipulation Skills: The 15-Minute Office Encounter with co-author Paul Evans, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP.