Photo caption: AACOM Vice President for Medical Education Linda Heun, PhD (second from left), with fellow staff from the Office of Medical Education (from left to right) Administrative Assistant Natieya Davis, Associate Vice President Tyler Cymet, DO, and Administrative Assistant Kate Hirsch, at Dr. Heun's September 19 retirement celebration luncheon.
Please join the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) in recognizing and congratulating long-time senior staff member Linda R. Heun, PhD, Vice President for Medical Education, as she prepares to enter a new stage in her life. Effective September 30, Dr. Heun will retire following 11 years of service to AACOM.
Dr. Heun was AACOM’s first on-staff medical education expert, and launched the association’s Office of Medical Education when she arrived at AACOM in September 2001. During her tenure, Dr. Heun has inspired excellence in osteopathic medical education, and in AACOM’s constituent relations. She was key to the revival of AACOM’s Annual Meeting, helping to elevate it to its current status as the nation’s premier osteopathic medical education event. Following 9/11, Dr. Heun worked closely with Dr. Ronald Blanck, Former President, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and Dr. Robin B. McFee, faculty member at the Winthrop University Hospital Long Island Regional Poison and Drug Information Center, on the development of bio-terrorism educational modules. Dr. Heun has been responsible for extraordinary growth in the work and membership of numerous AACOM councils, and for creating the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME), now AACOM’s largest council. She worked closely with SOME members in developing the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME), the first national health professions education academy.
Dr. Heun’s enduring wisdom and vigor have been greatly valued among both internal and external colleagues. She will be truly missed.
We are pleased to announce that effective November 26, Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, currently Professor of Physiology-Pharmacology and Director of OPTI Faculty Development at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will join AACOM as Vice President for Medical Education. Dr. Mortensen brings to AACOM more than 15 years of osteopathic medical education faculty and administrative experience. He has been an active member of SOME. In 2009, Dr. Mortensen was named an inaugural NAOME Fellow in recognition of his outstanding academic excellence. More information about Dr. Mortensen will be shared in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.
During the transition, Drs. Heun and Mortensen will both be working with AACOM on a consulting basis to ensure continuity of operations in the AACOM Office of Medical Education.