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Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Conference Registration Now Open!

Learn more about this must-attend event.

2015 Joint AACOM & AODME Annual ConferenceThe Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference will be held April 22-25 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Under the theme, The Osteopathic Medical Education Continuum: Exploring Opportunities & Achieving New Milestones, conference programming will include engaging sessions that address contemporary concepts and issues seen throughout the osteopathic medical education continuum, including:

  • New developments in graduate medical education 
  • Competency assessment 
  • Teaching and learning 
  • Education research 
  • Professional development 
  • And other exciting topics and crucial issues facing our academic programs, educators, and learners

Attendees will benefit from this year's robust program brimming with informative and thought-provoking presentations and workshops, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet and collaborate with keynote speakers, leaders, and colleagues from across the osteopathic medical education community.

Keep reading for a sneak peek at our five special pre-conference workshops!  

The below events will be offered exclusively at this year’s conference on Tuesday, April 21. You will be able to enroll in a workshop upon registering for the conference. Enroll early – seating is limited for these timely workshops!

  • Training Osteopathic Primary Care Educators (TOPCE)
    Morning and afternoon sessions on mastering the art of teaching with a focus in the four areas of educational instruction: scholarship; teaching and learning; leadership; and assessment. Join your colleagues representing the entire continuum of osteopathic medical education with open discussions on educating the adult leader.
    (4 hours)
  • OPTI Workshop: ACGME Institutional Sponsors
    This year’s OPTI Workshop will focus on ACGME Institution Sponsorship and is open to all AACOM and AODME attendees. The morning will be educational sessions developed by the AOA-ACGME-AACOM Joint Education Committee on topics including applying as an ACGME Institutional Sponsor and applying to be an osteopathic-focused program. Speakers will be representatives from the ACGME as well as the Osteopathic Principles Committee. The afternoon will be an interactive session about institutional applications and opportunities for OPTIs in the single accreditation system. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The cost of the Workshop is $100; there is no fee for OPTI leaders.
    (8 hours)
  • Socratic Circles: A New Interactive Teaching Model in Medical Education
    At last! An effective way to accomplish small group work without constraining space and faculty resources. This workshop will present a Socratic teaching approach that increases learner engagement and fosters critical thinking skills while addressing any of the seven core competencies as well as meeting interprofessional education goals. In the spirit of, “see one, do one, teach one,” this workshop will allow active participation and will demonstrate the versatility of this teaching modality. Participants will develop a tangible plan to implement Socratic circles in their own environment. Come and see how the best aspects of small group learning can be accomplished in a large group setting with a single faculty facilitator.
    (4 hours)
  • Competencies, Milestones, and EPAs: Strategies for Assessment Using ePortfolios
    With the ACGME instituting a portfolio requirement for resident evaluation and another in development for undergraduate evaluation, the portfolio process is rapidly making its way into the accreditation of medical education. Curriculum leaders recognize two challenges in tracking core competencies, milestones, and entrustable professional activities (EPAs): first, many key components cannot be assessed through usual methods such as multiple-choice exams; second, assessment strategies need to evaluate and acknowledge the importance of skills in reflection, self-assessment, and self-directed life-long learning. Participants will review and discuss methods for incorporating portfolios into the standardized, longitudinal assessment of an osteopathic medical education curriculum.
    (4 hours)
  • 49 Shades of Research: Are You Ready for Single Accreditation?
    This workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding the continuum of research, from conceptualization to publication. Designed for novice researchers and the mentoring of new researchers, it will provide the basis for development and implementation of osteopathic clinical and medical educational studies. Four areas of focus will engage participants: Research in a Nutshell: How Do I Get Started? (general overview); Putting it into Practice (designing and implementing your scholarly project); Show Me the Money: Funding Your Ideas (grants and other funding sources); From Poster Abstract to Journal Article (writing and publication). Many resources will be will be provided in addition to experiential applications.
    (8 hours)

AACOM and the AODME look forward to offering a full and informative conference program, supporting our goal of fostering innovation and quality across OME and the osteopathic medical profession. Be sure to check the Annual Conference web page regularly for updates, and we hope to see you in Florida in April!