Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Meeting Focuses on Interprofessional Education

The Joint AACOM & AODME 2011 Annual Meeting, “Meeting Future Health Care Needs, the Role of Interprofessional Education,” was held April 13-16 in Baltimore, Maryland, and attracted the highest attendance ever recorded by either association. More than 660 osteopathic medical (COMs) students, faculty, staff, physicians and residency directors participated in the meeting.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, opened the conference with a keynote address focused on national health care priorities, “If we don’t improve the health care system,” he said, “we can’t afford the health care system.” He discussed the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and highlighted the six areas essential to making the nation’s health care system sustainable: that the system is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. He told the audience members that they were critical in creating partnerships to improve the health system.

On Thursday, featured speaker Madeline H. Schmitt, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus, University of Rochester School of Nursing, provided an address, “Interprofessional Education: Big-Picture Perspectives from the Field.”

Dr. Schmitt was joined by panelists Sheree Aston, OD, PhD, Vice Provost, Western University of Health Sciences; Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, A.T. Still University ; and Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, each of whom provided unique perspectives on interprofessional education. Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and 2011 AACOM Program Chair, served as session moderator. Harald Lausen, DO, MA, FACOFP, served as 2011 AODME Program Chair.

Thursday night, meeting participants explored the Baltimore National Aquarium with their colleagues. The special event was sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association.

The final plenary address, “Focus on Prevention,” was given by Howard S. Teitelbaum, DO, PhD, MPH, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Chair of Preventive and Community Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University–DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Teitelbaum spoke about his experiences with patients and gave examples of preventive approaches physicians should be trained to utilize with their patients.

Throughout the meeting, sessions were heavily attended and many AACOM councils held meetings with great turnout from the COMs. At one such meeting, the Society of Osteopathic Medical Education honored AACOM Vice President for Medical Education Linda Heun, PhD, for her many years of outstanding leadership.

The conference concluded Friday evening with AODME’s Collegium of Fellows Induction Ceremony and AACOM’s Annual Awards Banquet. At the awards banquet, AACOM honored recipients of AACOM Leadership Awards, new inductees into the NAOME Fellowship Program, the Student DO of the Year, and the winners of AACOM’s Excellence in Communications awards. Silvia M. Ferretti, DO,Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) was presented with the 2010 Dale Dodson Award. Stephen Winn, Executive Director, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association received the William D. Miller Award. Philip C. Slocum, DO, immediate past Dean of the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, received the Robert A. Kistner Award. This year’s Student DO of the Year Award went to West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine fourth-year student Brian Huggins. For more information on each of these awards, and to see a full list of the Excellence in Communications award winners, view the AACOM Awards 2011 Awards Program.

On Saturday, AACOM held “Training Osteopathic Primary Care Educators (TOPCE); Integrating Osteopathic Concepts in the Assessment of Learners,” a four hour training program for faculty members to discuss the basics of faculty development and assessment of osteopathic students. Presenters included Tyler Cymet, DO, Associate Vice President for Medical Education, AACOM; Steve Davis, PhD, Director of Faculty Development and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Cheryl B. Doane, DO, MSEd, Section Head of Primary Care, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM);  Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, Director of Medical Education, University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center; Evelyn Schwalenberg, DO, MS, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, UNECOM; R. Taylor Scott, DO, Director, Learning and Assessment Center, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The session was taped and will be available on AACOM’s website in the near future.

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