Veit Appointed to HHS CouncilNovember 18, 2016
Kenneth Veit, DO, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell
appointed Kenneth Veit, DO '76, MBA, provost, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to serve on the Department of HHS’ Health Resources
and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME).
Dr. Veit was jointly nominated by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic
Medicine (AACOM), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American College
of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) for his vast expertise on a range of policy
issues related to osteopathic medical education, the physician workforce, and health
AACOM President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, stated, “COGME will benefit
greatly from Dr. Veit’s background in primary care and his commitment to innovation
in medical education as the Council develops solutions on a path forward for our nation’s
graduate medical education system. Particularly, in his role as Provost and Dean,
Dr. Veit has strived to expand and innovate osteopathic medical training to help ensure
that students are better equipped to practice in underserved and non-traditional settings.
“As an educator, Dr. Veit understands the dynamic growth of the osteopathic medical
profession and many students’ desire for residency programs that put osteopathic principles
and practices into clinical training. His leadership will help develop programs where
they are most needed, placing new physicians in areas where they’ll have a real impact
on the overall health of the community,” said AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO.
With his extensive experience and knowledge in medicine, Dr. Veit has previously served
in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), as well as a member of HRSA’s National
Advisory Council on the NHSC and as a member on the Steering Committee of the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality. Moreover, he has served on a HRSA Working Committee
regarding managed care and academic medical centers and has worked on a HRSA grant
regarding medical school characteristics that produce primary care physicians and
service to the underserved.
“It is an honor to represent the osteopathic medical education community in this capacity.
I look forward to working collaboratively with my Council colleagues to offer innovative
recommendations to help ensure that we have a well-trained physician workforce to
meet the health care needs of our nation’s patient populations,” Dr. Veit said in
response to his appointment.
“Dr. Veit’s long history of serving the osteopathic profession makes him the ideal
physician to serve on COGME. His patient-centered approach to care is evident, and
he has always focused on how best to train new generations of physicians to follow
this important model of care,” said ACOFP President Larry Anderson, DO, FACOFP. “The
ACOFP is truly honored to have an osteopathic family physician appointed to this council,
and we are confident that his demonstrated commitment to advancing medical education
will prove invaluable to the future of our health care system.”
Composed of 17 members, COGME is authorized by Congress to provide an ongoing assessment
of physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing polices of undergraduate
and graduate medical education programs, and to recommend appropriate federal and
private sector efforts to address identified needs. COGME is required to advise and
make recommendations on these issues to the Secretary of HHS, the Senate Committee
on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
on Energy and Commerce. More information about COGME can be found here.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the
33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges
are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the
2015-16 academic year these colleges are educating over 26,100 future physicians—more
than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27
are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools,
and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides
leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence
in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality
across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the
About the AOA
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 123,000 osteopathic
physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages
scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting
agency for osteopathic medical schools.
About the ACOFP
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) was founded in 1950
and today represents more than 20,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents
and students throughout the United States. Osteopathic Family Physicians are Doctors
of Osteopathy (DOs) who choose to specialize in family practice and Osteopathic Manipulative
Treatment (OMT), a method in which they use their hands to diagnose and treat the
patient by paying particular attention to joints, bones, muscles and nerves. They
provide disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for families through
all of life's stages, from infancy to end-of-life. More information can be found at
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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