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Thomas Levitan, SVP for Medical Education and Research, Retires After 12 Years with AACOM

Thomas (Tom) Levitan, MEd, is retiring from AACOM after 12 years of service and dedication. Tom has served the Association in many capacities over the years, including Vice President of Research and Application Services and his current role of Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research. During his tenure with AACOM, he consistently provided expert insight, perspective, and counsel into the Association's many national initiatives, research activities, and other strategic projects. 

Tom Levitan's penguin statueTom began working in osteopathic medical education in 2000 when he joined the Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western-U/COMP). He has been dedicated to higher education since 1973 and has worked in student affairs, academic affairs, and has conducted institutional research at all types of higher education institutions. He received his BA in Russian from Louisiana State University and his MEd in Counseling from the University of Houston.

Tom is an avid traveler and is excited to embark on various trips around the world. He collects fountain pens and penguin figurines, which could always be found lovingly stationed around his office. Photo at right: a commemorative penguin gifted to Tom from Dr. Shannon.

Tom Levitan has made a tremendous impact on medical education during his 12 years of service at AACOM. The improvement in the data, research, and resources available to describe and assess many aspects of osteopathic medicine and medical education have been key aspects of our Association’s ability to meet its mission of "promoting excellence in medical education, research, and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education." 

In addition, his work has led to the inclusion of OME in medical education journalism and scholarship, as well as enabled a variety of researchers to pursue projects on medical education and health care workforce. For a number of years his leadership of AACOM’s application and recruitment services was associated with unprecedented growth in the number of applicants to osteopathic medical schools, and the ongoing adoption of improved technology for the application process. And, throughout, he has provided mentorship and encouragement to others.

A champion for diversity and equity, his presence within AACOM and osteopathic medical education will be missed.

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
    President and CEO of AACOM