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National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators Names 2013 Fellows


March 15, 2013

Lindsey Jurd
Editor and Communications Associate

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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has announced the 2013-2018 Fellows for its National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME). NAOME Fellows are inducted into the Academy each year to serve a five-year term. As Fellows, inductees function as leaders and mentors for academic scholarship and excellence within the osteopathic medical education community.
This year’s inductees are:

  • Wayne A. Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Harald Lausen, DO, MA, Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine  
  • Elizabeth K. McClain, EdS, PhD, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michael L. Kuchera, DO, Professor and Chair of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

NAOME was established in 2009 as the first national health professions education academy. Its peer-selected membership makes up a community of outstanding educators from across the osteopathic medical education continuum.

View more information on NAOME

View a full list of NAOME Fellows

Additional Contact for NAOME:

Luke H. Mortensen, PhD
Vice President and Chair for Medical Education
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, 20815-7231


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the nation’s 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine at 37 locations in 28 states. Today, more than 21,000 students are enrolled in osteopathic medical schools. One in five U.S. medical students is training to become an osteopathic physician.

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’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.

Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education

Courtesy of RVUCOM
  • Visit What is Osteopathic Medicine? to learn more about the history and practice of osteopathic medicine.
  • In the 2015-16 academic year, osteopathic medical colleges are educating nearly 26,000 future physicians – more than 20% of US medical students.
  • 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.
  • Six of the colleges are publicly controlled, 27 are private institutions.

Over the last 15 years, applicants, enrollment, and graduates have increased significantly:

  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2015-16: 20,447
  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2000-01: 7,708
  • 2015-16 first-year enrollment: 7,219
  • 2000-01 first-year enrollment: 2,927
  • 2015-16 total enrollment: 25,876
  • 2000-01 total enrollment: 10,817
  • 2014-15 total graduates: 5,323
  • 1999-00 total graduates: 2,279
For additional data on these and other osteopathic medical education topics please visit AACOM Reports or contact

Single GME Accreditation System

GMEinfographic_100pxAACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved an agreement in February 2014 that will result in a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) under the auspices of the ACGME by June 30, 2020.


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