Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has appointed Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), to serve on the newly created Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Academic Affiliations Council. According to the VA, the new council was created to “advise the Secretary and the Under Secretary for Health on matters affecting partnerships between VA and its academic affiliates. The Council will provide a forum for discussion and will benefit both VA and the academic community.” Dr. Shannon is the only osteopathic physician appointed to the council. His appointment signals the growing presence of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine in the national and military health policy arenas, and will ensure that the interests of colleges of osteopathic medical education will be considered by this critical body. Dr. Shannon commented, “I am honored by the Secretary’s appointment, and gratified that osteopathic medical education will be participating in the Veteran Administration’s commitment to high-quality health professions education in conjunction with its ongoing mission of providing veterans access to the high-quality health care they deserve.” View the VA press release
for a full list of members.