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Medical Education Issue of JAOA Features Inner Strength of DO Students

JAOA April 2017 meded issueThe Medical Education section has long been a staple of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). In the newly-released issue, the JAOA and AACOM continue their tradition of delivering high-quality research and cutting-edge osteopathic medical education (OME) best practices aligned with the ever-evolving medical education continuum..

The April issue of JAOA explores OME in 2017 and highlights the transition to a single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system, and includes articles on residency, interprofessional education, and licensure, among various other timely topics.

Inner Strength

AACOM’s publication, Inner Strength: Osteopathic Medical Students Reflect on Resiliency, is reviewed in the April issue. Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, describes:
The book is well organized into sections about family and friends, fear of failure, and illness, among other topics. The value of this book is to serve as a catalyst to prompt osteopathic physicians to stop and realize that not only may our students, interns, and residents have such challenges, but so may our colleagues; we just may not see it. Maybe we should look.

The Art of Medicine

The Medical Education issue also includes an editorial “Can Humanities Humanize Health Care?” by AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, which focuses on the centrality of humanism to the osteopathic philosophy and the growing movement to incorporate humanities into medical education.

Dr. Cymet advocates for incorporating skills from the humanities in medical training—via methods such as narrative medicine and art observation—to equip physicians in mindful listening and empathetic and compassionate observation.

Readers can visit the JAOA/AACOM Medical Education Section to find the latest research from this joint endeavor.


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Vol. 1, No. 7
April 6, 2017