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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has demonstrated its support of the joint American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) by becoming its most recent sponsor.  The BRC, recently established to identify unique opportunities for the osteopathic medical profession, offers leadership in medical education to improve the health of the U.S. population in the 21st century. 

“The projected shortage of physicians, particularly in primary care, will make providing high-quality care to the U.S. population particularly challenging within the next 10 years,” notes AOA Executive Director John B. Crosby, JD.  "However, due to our size, focus and strong medical education leadership, osteopathic medicine is uniquely positioned to address the challenge.  We are grateful to partner with the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and AACOM to develop solutions to this challenge.”

AACOM President Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, agrees and adds, “Osteopathic medicine and medical education are at an important stage in their growth. Our rapid expansion and a changing health care and regulatory environment create an opportunity to assess the profession’s development. AACOM is very pleased to be working with the AOA and with Macy on this future-oriented initiative.”

The Macy Foundation is the only national foundation dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. As a major BRC sponsor, the foundation continues its tradition as a leader in ensuring health professions education is aligned with contemporary health care needs and a changing health care system.

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July / August 2011
Vol. 5, No. 7 / 8