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Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) 

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) met via conference call on Monday, October 17. Attendees approved minutes from the CSFAA’s July meeting and held an in-depth discussion about expanding upon last year’s AACOM-sponsored financial aid resources webinar series by developing several interactive training modules for students.  Members suggested seeking feedback from a student focus group to engage students and ensure that the modules meet their needs.  AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW,  presented a thorough legislative update and answered questions from the Council about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (created in the Budget Control Act of 2011) and its upcoming November 23 deadline to submit recommendations on deficit reduction to Congress.

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Steering Committee

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Steering Committee (at left) met at the AACOM offices on October 17. The Committee developed Faculty Awards to be presented at the AACOM Annual Meeting, and reviewed the SOME Bylaws. Committee members discussed two AACOM 2012 Annual Meeting sessions that SOME plans to co-sponsor with other AACOM councils, and developed an agenda for the next SOME meeting, which will be held March 29, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, during the Annual Meeting.
The meetings below were held at the recent American Osteopathic Association Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) in Orlando, Florida.

Assembly of Presidents (AOP)

The AACOM Assembly of Presidents convened on November 2 in conjunction with the AOA OMED meeting in Orlando, FL. The meeting included reports from AACOM leadership, as well as productive discussions regarding a number of issues including, among others:
  • Implications of the COMLEX passage graduation requirement
  • Current efforts to prevent, or at least limit, the damage that could result from cuts in GME funding
  • New language introduced by ACGME that “prerequisite clinical education for entry into ACGME-accredited residency programs must be accomplished in ACGME-accredited residency programs,” and a similar requirement proposed for ACGME-accredited fellowship programs

The meeting concluded with a joint Assembly of Presidents/Board of Deans luncheon at which Dr. Clint Adams was presented with the 2011 Dale Dodson Award for his myriad contributions to the osteopathic medical education field.

Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO)

The Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO), chaired by Mark J. Peiffer, CPA, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, held its annual meeting on November 1, 2011, in Orlando. Twelve member colleges were represented. 

The agenda included updates from AACOM leadership. AACOM Board of Deans Chair Anthony J. Silvagni, DO, PharmD, reported on the implications of the recent announcement by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that it will no longer accept candidates into an MD residency without a clerkship in an ACGME hospital. He also announced the Executive Committee’s approval for AACOM to participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Visiting Student Application Service and the associated costs that may later be charged to the colleges. Board of Deans Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair Marc B. Hahn, DO, reported on the positive results of AACOM’s FY 2011 audit. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, updated members on AACOM’s departmental activities, potential financial implications related to a proposed accreditation change to phase out the currently allowed 8 percent class size overage by 2016-2017, implications of the proposed reduction in graduate medical education funding, and potential new osteopathic and allopathic medical colleges. CFO members also received government relations and research and application services updates, including information about the annual survey and student debt report.

The meeting included a discussion on the legal and financial structures of Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions related to the Federal tax ID number used and 990 reporting.  A brief survey will be conducted of the CFOs to gather information on this issue.

Presenters included Steve Johnson from SJ Advisors, LLC, who discussed how market activities are impacting debt financing through letters of credit, and Douglas J. Kilcommons from Fitch Ratings, who explained the rating process, the value for the colleges of obtaining a bond rating to mitigate dependency on tuition, and the benefits of being rated by more than one agency. Several colleges noted that they have been rated.

On July 1, 2012, Greg Gaus, CPA, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, will become CFO Chair, and current Chair Mark Peiffer, CPA, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. will become Immediate Past Chair.  Nominations for Vice Chair and Secretary were made, and will be voted upon electronically in the next few weeks.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) 

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) met November 2, and reviewed proposals for changes to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service’s application as well as revisions to the “traffic guidelines.” Recommendations for revisions to the traffic guidelines will be presented to the AACOM Board of Deans for review and approval at its November Retreat and Meeting.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

(At left: COGSP members display a fleece blanket to be donated to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.)

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) had a full and productive set of meetings prior to the OMED meeting in Orlando. 

Discussions with AACOM President Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH; AACOM Board of Deans Liaison Tom Scandalis, DO, Dean, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology; and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners President John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, were interactive and informative.  AACOM staff Tyler Cymet, Associate Vice President of Medical Education; Thomas Levitan, MEd, Vice President for Research and Application Services; and Pamela Murphy, MSW, Director of Government Relations, each provided updates and responded to questions. 

COSGP Executive Board First Vice Chair Joe Borup  conducted a leadership training program focused on leadership styles and philosophy. Bill Anderson, DO, provided provocative and motivational insights during his presentation at the COSGP-sponsored National Osteopathic Student Seminar. A highlight of the meeting was the students’ service project, Creations from the Heart. COSGP members brought fleece material with appropriate youthful visuals and made blankets, which were presented to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.  As is tradition, a COSGP ‘family’ photo was taken (above, right).      

Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (Dev-Alum)

Thirty participants attended the recent AACOM Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals luncheon meeting, held October 31. Council Chair Pamela Ruoff presided over the gathering, and presented housekeeping topics, including an update on Annual Meeting plans. Council Secretary Ronnette Vondrak led a discussion on alumni event goals, and the Council elected new officers. The following officers will begin their terms of office at the AACOM Annual Meeting in March 2012:
  • Chair: Felicia Bruno, MA, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of The New York Institute of Technology
  • Vice Chair: Shannon Warren, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Secretary: Diane Sutphin, MS, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Member-at-Large: Beth Dollase, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Member-at-Large: Barbara Wysocki, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles met on November 1 to discuss AACOM 2012 Annual Meeting programming to be provided by the Council. Attendees met with Gilbert E. D’Alonzo, Jr., DO, Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), to discuss changes at the Journal and how ECOP can be of help. JAOA has agreed to use the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology as standard language.

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) 

The AACOM Marketing and Communications Advisory Council met on October 31 under the leadership of Council Secretary Scott Colton. Seventeen participants attended the meeting, which included a discussion regarding the AACOM Excellence in Communications Awards program, planning for the 2012 AACOM Annual Meeting, and a discussion on how communications efforts at the COMs can best be measured. The attendees also shared current challenges and successful projects. The Council also held an election for two new officers (because one officer has left her COM position). The following Council leadership will hold office until the 2013 AACOM Annual Meeting:
  • Chair: Karoline E. Lane, MLS, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Vice Chair: Scott Colton, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Secretary: Natalie Lutz, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

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November 2011
Vol. 5, No. 11