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Recent Meetings 

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), convened July 16-18 under the leadership of Chair Sally Mathew, BS, NYCOM/NYIT, in conjunction with the AOA’s 2012 Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Mathew also presented to the AOA Board of Trustees during their Annual Business Meeting.

At the meeting, the Council:

  • Conducted a “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event to allow members to familiarize themselves with one another.
  • Observed a presentstion on the issue of GME, school growth, ACGME, and the Institute of Medicine from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon.
  • Provided an overview of the National Osteopathic Student Caucus (NOSC), led by Mark Bieska, Parliamentarian, COSGP.
  • Held a leadership training session, led by Chelsea Nickolson, National 1st Vice Chair, COSGP.
  • Participated in a meeting of the 2012 NOSC.
  • Observed a presentation on student research opportunities, led by John Lynch, DO, MPH, Staff Clinician, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Received a legislative update from American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Government Relations Director Pamela Murphy and AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations Mary-Lynn Bender.

Immediately following each COSGP meeting, the COSGP Executive Board conducts an electronic survey to solicit Council member feedback on the Board’s choices for speakers, activities, etc., for self-reflection, and for improvement of the next meeting.

The COSGP’s next meeting will be held October 6, 2012, in San Diego, California, during the AOA OMED meeting.

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chair Kimberly Brown, PhD, Director of Finance, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM), convened via conference call on July 16, 2012. Members approved minutes from the CSFAA’s March meeting, and Dr. Brown thanked new CSFAA Vice-Chairperson Sandra L. Rollins, MA, Director of Financial Aid, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), and Secretary Tom Billard, Director of Student Financial Services, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM), for their leadership on the Council.  Ms. Rollins and Mr. Billard were elected in May and will serve two-year terms as officers of CSFAA.

Council members spoke with Tom Levitan, MEd, AACOM Vice President for Research and Application Services, about recent changes to AACOM’s Annual Survey. Members heard an update on presentations given by Ms. Rollins on behalf of the CSFAA to AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) and COSGP at the 2012 AACOM Annual Meeting in March.  They also discussed the recently released AACOM-sponsored CSFAA Financial Aid Module for Graduating Seniors, “Helping Future DOs Choose Repayment Strategies.” The module has been utilized by CSFAA members in conjunction with, or as a follow-up to, existing exit counseling offered by financial aid offices at each college of osteopathic medicine.  It builds upon an AACOM-sponsored financial aid webinar series featuring Paul S. Garrard, Founder and President, PGPresents, LLC, which was held last year for Council members.

Dr. Brown led a discussion about new content ideas for upcoming meetings and spoke with CSFAA members about AACOM’s Council Leadership Meeting, which was held July 23-24 in Chevy Chase, Maryland (see related item).  The CSFAA discussed several other important items, including White House Executive Order #13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, and heard a legislative update from AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW.

CSFAA’s next meeting will be held via conference call on October 1, 2012.

Upcoming Meetings

September 27-29

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) Meeting
Athens, OH

October 1

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Steering Committee
Chevy Chase, MD
Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)
Phone Meeting

October 5

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Executive Board Meeting 

October 6

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Meeting
National Osteopathic Student Seminar

October 7

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Meeting
Training Osteopathic Primary Care Educators (TOPCE) Faculty Development Workshop

October 8

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Meeting
Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (Dev-Alum) Meeting
Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) Meeting

October 9

Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO) Meeting 

October 10

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) Meeting
Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) Meeting
Assembly of Presidents (AOP) Meeting
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