Osteopathic International Alliance Meeting
AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, recently attended the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) 2011 Annual Educational Forum and General Meeting in Potsdam, Germany. The conference was held in conjunction with the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN), the German Osteopathic Association (VOD) and German Association for Osteopathic Physicians (DGOM), all of which are OIA members. John B. Crosby, JD, Executive Director, AOA; Boyd R. Buser, DO, Dean, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, and AOA Trustee; Karen J. Nichols, DO, Dean, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, and Immediate Past President of the AOA; AOA Past President Peter B. Ajluni, DO; and Jane Carreiro, DO, Trustee, American Academy of Osteopathy, and Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, joined Dr. Shannon in representing the United States at the conference.
At the OIA Board Meeting, membership was reported to now consist of 62 organizations (19 from the United States) from 24 countries. Presenters (including Dr. Nichols) updated members on osteopathic profession issues and news in their respective countries. The Executive Board discussed the Alliance’s 2011-2013 strategic plan, highlighting its major goals of providing the osteopathic medical profession around the world with an international advocacy voice, developing and releasing research, and continuing to build membership. Following reports from the Board of Directors, committees, and candidates up for a seat on the Board, an election was held. Newly elected Board members include Dr. Nichols, Dr. Ajluni, and Dr. Carreiro.
OIA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide. For more information on the OIA and the conference, visit here.
International Health Workforce Collaborative 2011
Following his trip to Germany, Dr. Shannon traveled to Brisbane, Australia, for the 13th
International Health Workforce Collaborative 2011. Invited policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom who have responsibility for medical workforce issues gathered to better the understanding of global trends that affect medical workforce policies and to promote the exchange of policy approaches across countries on medical workforce planning. Chief Health Officer of Queensland Dr. Jeanette Young led the official opening of the conference, and Health Workforce Australia Chairman Jim McGinty delivered the keynote address. A Health Workforce Policy and Planning Roundtable following the keynote explored the changing landscape of the health workforce of all participating countries, as well as the strategic and research directions the countries are pursuing relative to workforce policy and planning. The conference also featured a variety of other sessions, including “Emerging Challenges of Expanding Medical Workforce Supply; Interdisciplinary Education and Training,” “Comparisons of Restructured Primary Care” and “Ethical Integration of International Health Professions.”