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National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators Names 2014 Fellows

March 6, 2014

The following information has been amended and includes corrections to the institutions listed for Dr. Getz and Dr. Green.


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AACOM announces the 2014-2019 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. We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for the work of the NAOME Selection and Review Committee members in this rigorous application process.

This year’s inductees are:
  • Pamela M. Basehore, EdD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Assessment (Acting); Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Leadership)
  • Lisa R. Chun, DO, C-SPOMM, Assistant Professor, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Teaching and Evaluation)
  • Rita K. Getz, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Anatomy, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (category: Educational Leadership)
  • Thomas E. Green, DO, MPH, Clinical Curriculum Director & Associate Professor, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (category: Teaching and Evaluation)
  • Mary T. Johnson, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Leadership)
  • Michael L. Kuchera, DO, Professor and Chairperson, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (third category: Educational Leadership)
  • Polly E. Leonard, DO, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (second category: Teaching and Evaluation)

Six inaugural NAOME Fellows have successfully reapplied for an additional five-year fellowship (2014-2019) in their original submission category. These Fellows are:

  • Timothy J. Barreiro, DO, MPH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Research)
  • Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology/Immunology, A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Development of Enduring Educational Materials)
  • Edward P. Finnerty, PhD, SC(ASCP), Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Leadership)
  • Michael L. Kuchera, DO, Professor and Chairperson, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Teaching and Evaluation)
  • Donald J. Sefcik, DO, MBA, Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Leadership)
  • Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, NAOME Fellows Chair, Associate Dean of Curriculum, A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (category: Educational Leadership)

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.

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View a full list of NAOME Fellows

Contact for NAOME:

Luke H. Mortensen, PhD
AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education 
lmortensen@aacom.org