April/May 2012
Vol. 6, No. 4/5

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AACOM's Joining Forces Initiative Update
Michelle Obama's Joining Forces initiative celebrates its one-year anniversary. Read more.

AACOM: Out and About

Learn about recent activities undertaken by AACOM staff. Read more.

Campus Roundup

PCOM Receives First Ever Full Scholarship Endowment from Alumnus

RVUCOM Students Provide Health Services in Nepal

Grand Award-Winner VCOM Honored at CASE Conference

Western U/COMP Featured in Los Angeles Times

Western U/COMP-Northwest Receives 2012 Small Business Award

WVSOM Receives Largest Scholarship Endowment to Date

Upcoming Events 
and Deadlines

May 14 
Welch Scholars Grant 
Application Deadline

May 15-17 
MEFS Beyond Flexner: Social Mission in Medical Education Conference
Tulsa, OK

May 21-23 
Interprofessional Healthcare Institute (Registration closed)
Herndon, VA

June 4-6 
AAMC 2012 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference
Austin, TX

June 22-24 
Clinical Applications in Osteopathic Medicine 
New York, NY

July 23-24 
AACOM Council Leadership Meeting 
Chevy Chase, MD

Upcoming Recruitment Events

Upcoming Hospital Day Event

AACOMAS App Now Open!

AACOMAS has opened its centralized application for those seeking to enter osteopathic medical school in fall 2013.

While applications cannot be submitted until June 1, individuals wishing to get started can now access the application.

AACOM Job Connection

The AACOM Job Connection is the place to go to post resumes and fill new academic, administrative and executive position vacancies for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.

Click AACOM Job Connection to learn more.

From the President

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

Meaningful Moments from the Annual Meeting

Dr. Shannon reflects upon some of the highlights and meaningful moments of the 2012 AACOM Annual Meeting. Read more


News and Events

AACOM Welcomes New Member Colleges

Three new osteopathic medical schools will open their doors to students in 2013. Read more

Leadership Updates

ATSU-KCOM, ATSU-SOMA and KCUMB-COM announce leadership changes. Read more

AACOM 2012 Annual Meeting Draws High Marks from Attendees

Nearly 500 osteopathic medical students, faculty, staff, physicians and residency directors attended the meeting in Washington, DC. Read more

AACOM Holds 2012 COM Day on Capitol Hill

Representatives from 13 colleges of osteopathic medicine traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss osteopathic medical education issues with congressional representatives. Read more

AACOM Hosts Health Professions Recruitment Fair

The event drew nearly 400 attendees interested in learning about osteopathic medical education opportunities. Read more

Profiling the 2011 Entering Class of Osteopathic Medical Students

AACOM's new report profiles 5,363 matriculants who submitted their applications through AACOMAS. Read more

Introducing AACOM OHPI Melissa Blessing

AACOM's second Osteopathic Health Policy Internship (OHPI) of 2012 is a fourth-year student from ATSU-SOMA. Read more

IPEC Wins Interdisciplinary Group Recognition Award; Still Accepting Resource Submissions

The National Academies of Practice recognized IPEC for collaborative work promoting wide adoption and implementation of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Read more

Register for the 2012 AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting

Registration is now open for the AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting: Collaborating for Care, June 7-8. Read more

Grants Available for DOs and Students in Areas Stricken by Natural Disaster

The Osteopathic Family Relief Fund provides donations to DOs and osteopathic medical students who are victims of natural disasters. Read more

White House Honors John Casey, DO

John Casey, DO, is named a Champion of Change. Read more

Application Cycle Open for Fogarty International Center's Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre- and post-doctoral students to work on a variety of international health projects in low- and middle-income sites in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read more

NBOME Names Two New VPs

NBOME has announced two Vice Presidential appointments. Read more

AOA DO Day on Capitol Hill

More than 900 osteopathic medical students attended this year's event. Read more

Pre-SOMA UMD Raises OME Awareness at Recruitment Fair

Members participated in a campus-hosted health professions fair to promote osteopathic medical education. Read more

Healthy People 2020 Update

Discussions at the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in Washington, DC, drew heavily upon Healthy People 2020. Read more

Federal Updates

AACOM Urges Support for the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. 
Please Reach out to Your Representative Now!

Reps. Schwartz and Heck Introduce SGR Repeal Bill.

House and Senate Set FY13 Spending Caps.

IOM Announces Study on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.

House Passes Republican Student Loan Bill, Fight Continues in Senate.

Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Affordable Care Act.

AACOM Updates Public Policy Agenda for 2nd Session of 112th Congress.

AACOM Submits Comments to HRSA on Update of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.

AACOM Submits Testimony to the House and Senate Subcommittees Concerning Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations for FY13.

AACOM Joins HPNEC Letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Leaders Urging Support for Title VII and VIII Funding in FY13.

AACOM Joins Friends of AHRQ Letter to House Labor-HHS Appropriations Leaders Urging Support for AHRQ Funding in FY13.

AACOM Submits Comments on PCORI Draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

AACOM GR Staff Attends NIH NCATS Press Event.

Updated: Federal Funding Opportunities

Additional Federal Updates

AACOM Group and Council News

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

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

International Collaborative Steering Committee (ICC)

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

2013 CIB Now on Sale!