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New AACOM Task Force on Clinical Training & the Continuum of Osteopathic Medical Education

AACOM is pleased to announce the establishment of a new task force that will embark on a strategic process of examining and responding to changes in the health care system and in medical education that may impact osteopathic medical education (OME). The task force will examine the current environment, build strategy, and execute initiatives related to clinical training throughout the continuum of OME. Issue-based sub-groups led by task force members will be created and engage experts and thought leaders in medical education.

The distinguished members of the UME-GME Task Force Steering Committee will officially begin work in June 2017 with a kick-off meeting and will continue efforts for the next three years. This work will be supported by AACOM President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH and staff, and facilitated by Josh Mintz of Cavanaugh Hagan Pierson & Mintz.

Task Force Steering Committee Membership

Boyd Buser, DO
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean & AACOM Board Member
University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)

Robert Cain, DO
Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)

Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, MS
Dean, Endowed Chair of Primary Care Research, Professor of Medicine, & AACOM Board Chair
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

Michael Finley, DO
Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean—Graduate Medical Education
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP)
Osteopathic Chief Academic Officer, ACGME Designated Institutional Official 
OPTI—West Educational Consortium

Kari Hortos, DO
Interim Senior Associate Dean, Chief Academic Officer
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Statewide Campus System (MSUCOM SCS) 

Joanne M. Jones, MBA
Designated Institutional Official, Executive Director
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) MEDNet

John Kauffman, DO, Chair
Dean and Chief Academic Officer & AACOM Board Member
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)

Richard LaBaere, DO
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Training, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
OPTI Academic Officer
Still OPTI

Lisa Nash, DO, Vice Chair
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)

Karen Nichols, DO
Dean, Professor of Internal Medicine
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)

Lorenzo Pence, DO
Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)


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Vol. 1, No. 9
June 1, 2017