In August, the Core Competency Liaison Group announced the completion of its work on the Osteopathic Core Competencies for Medical Students. The document serves as a framework to address the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) seven core competencies as they relate to medical professions education curriculum, while incorporating the Healthy People 2020 Curriculum Task Force Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework.
After the core competency requirements were applied to medical students, representatives from each of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s (AACOM) member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and members of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), formed the Core Competency Liaison Group under the leadership of Elaine Soper, PhD, Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). The Osteopathic Core Competencies for Medical Students is a product of the group’s collaborative efforts to compile, update and publish best practices in medical professions education. AACOM’s Core Competency Liaison Group will continue to function with a representative from each COM to encourage the collection and distribution of best practices in the teaching, learning and assessment of each of the profession’s core competencies.