FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2014
Lisa Cole, MBA
Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Pamela Murphy, MSW
Vice President of Government Relations
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, today issued the following statement on the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education’s report. AACOM will provide further information in the upcoming weeks on its assessment of the IOM report.
“AACOM commends the members of the Committee for its work, and wants to especially acknowledge committee member Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, New York Institute of Technology. Evaluating graduate medical education (GME) is a complex and daunting task. Given the numerous challenges currently facing the U.S. health care system – a rapidly changing and diverse patient population; a current physician shortage that is projected to worsen over the coming years; the rising number of medical school graduates facing a finite number of residency slots, to name just a few – assessing GME to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality health care has never been more critical. AACOM urges Congress to utilize the occasion of the report’s release as an opportunity to prioritize legislative long-term solutions to preserve and strengthen GME as an essential component of a sustainable health care system that meets the needs of patients and physicians. We understand both the political and budgetary constraints that Congress faces, but inaction will exacerbate the already critical outlook for patient care. We pledge to continue to work with Members of Congress to identify additional avenues to support future physicians and the patients they serve. We look forward to further reviewing the Committee’s report and continuing to work with the IOM and other stakeholders to address the challenges of renewing and re-evaluating the GME system.”
The Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education is an ad hoc committee established by the IOM as a result of multiple calls from stakeholders across the country, including a request from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to find solutions to achieve a greater alignment of financing with the public’s health care workforce needs. Its purpose is to develop a report with recommendations for policies to improve GME, with an emphasis on the training of physicians. The committee was charged with giving specific attention to increasing the capacity of the nation’s clinical workforce, so that it can deliver efficient and high-quality health care to meet the needs of our country’s diverse population. For more information, visit http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Workforce/GMEGovFinance.aspx.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2013-14 academic year these colleges are educating over 23,000 future physicians – more than 20 percent of US medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 24 are private institutions.
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.