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Summaries of Council/Group Meetings Held at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting

For updated listings of council/group officers and membership, visit the AACOM Councils and Groups webpage.

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

The Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (Dev-Alum), led by Chair Felicia Bruno, MA, Assistant Dean of Student Administrative Services, Alumni Affairs and Continuing Education at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine, met on April 25 to discuss a variety of topics, including council officer nominations and recent fundraising activities. The council then heard several important presentations, including:

  • AACOMmunities-Overview and Q and A’s, presented by Tom Lehman, President, Lehman Associates, LLC; John Stover, Principal Consultant, Invenio Partners; and Brett Wangman, President, The Center for Association Growth
  • Annual Fund Strategies: You Are Only as Good as Your Next Gift, presented by Stephen Suskin, Fundraising Program Consultant, Harris Connect
  • Legislative Updates, presented by Pamela Murphy, MSW,  Director of Government Relations, AACOM
  • How We Can Meet Organizational Goals and Still Remain Donor-Centered, presented by Stephanie Cohen, Annual Giving Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

The council also held officer elections. New Dev-Alum officers, effective July 2013, are:

  • Chair: Elizabeth Weese, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  • Vice Chair: Stephanie Cohen, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Secretary: Ester M. Hevia, MPS, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Representative at Large: Ryan N. Miller, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
  • Representative at Large: Diane J. Sutphin, MS, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) convened on April 26. Chair Paula Watkins, MAS, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), presided over the meeting, which included updates on federal financial aid for students, delivered by Sandra L. Rollins, MA, Director of Financial Aid at UMDNJ-SOM; a summary of recent Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) activities, delivered by Annise Chung, student at the Georgia Campus of PCOM (GA-PCOM); and a discussion on the 2015 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The council also heard a report from David Kaiser, Health Professions Advisor at Brigham Young University and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions’ (NAAHP) liaison to AACOM. The meeting also included discussions on the status of the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS) 2015 application cycle, admissions procedures at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and best practices for conducting medical school applicant interviews. The meeting adjourned following the council’s officer elections. New COMAO officers are:

  • Chair: John D. Schriner, PhD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • Chair-Elect: Susan M. Hanson, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP)
  • Secretary: Emil S. Ruiz, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

Under the leadership of Chair Kathryn C. Lambert, DO, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), the Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) assembled on April 25. The meeting agenda covered a number of important updates, including recent Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) activities and federal financial aid legislation. The council also heard the following presentations:

  • Handling a Natural Disaster on Your Campus/Handling the Sudden Death of a Student, presented by Dr. Lambert and Linda Darroch-Short, MS, Director of Student Life at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dealing with Stress and Depression on Campus and at Remote Sites, presented by Thomas Moorman, EdD,Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/TexasCollege of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM); and Trisha Van Duser, EdD, Executive Director of Student Services at UNTHSC/TCOM

Officer elections were also held. New COMSSO officers are:

  • Chair: Thomas Moorman, EdD, UNTHS/TCOM
  • Chair-Elect: Tina Woodruff, EdD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Secretary: Linda J. Dunatov, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)
  • COSGP Liaison-Elect: Michael Dewsnap, MSEd, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)

Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL)

The Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL) met April 25 under the leadership of Chair Elaine G. Powers, MSLS, Director of Library Services at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC). At the meeting, members discussed the council’s current and future needs, such as a strategic plan to expand its participation with other AACOM groups and councils. The group also co-sponsored Annual Meeting sessions entitled “Preparing for Licensure Examinations” and “Small Groups in Large Classes: Teaching to a Participatory Culture.”

Council of Osteopathic Researchers (COR)

The Council of Osteopathic Researchers (COR) convened on April 25 under the leadership of Chair John T. Heard, Jr., PhD, Vice President of Research, Grants, and Information Systems at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic (ATSU-KCOM). At the meeting, council members discussed recent medical education research efforts and opportunities for future collaborative research, as well as a three-part series of articles scheduled to be published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) in the coming months.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Led by Chair Sally Mathew, student at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) held meetings from Thursday, April 25, to Sunday, April 28. The group also co-sponsored two Annual Meeting concurrent sessions, “The Relationship between Student Participation in International Electives and the Decision to Enter Primary Care Residencies” and “Preparing for Licensure Examinations.” In addition to the various business matters covered during the council’s numerous meetings, members also heard presentations from Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations; Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO; and Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM).

Newly elected 2013-2014 COSGP Executive Board members include:

  • Chair: Tara Hughes, Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) 
  • First Vice Chair: Shinban Liu, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU)
  • Second Vice Chair: Danielle Marholtz, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Secretary: Sarah Wolff, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP)
  • Treasurer: Patrick Craft, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)
  • Parliamentarian: Simon Fraser, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • AOA Board of Trustees Student Delegate:  Amber Hull, AZCOM/MWU

International Collaborative Steering Committee (ICC)

The International Collaborative Steering Committee (ICC) met Wednesday, April 24, and Saturday, April 27, under the leadership of Chair Yogesh Shah, MD, Associate Dean for Global Health at Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM). During the Saturday meeting, Janette M. Willcox, Vice Dean of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) was elected to serve as the new ICC Chair. During the meetings, committee members discussed issues related to international medical training, as well as a project to promote cultural competencies for each of AACOM’s member schools’ international sites. As more osteopathic medical schools offer international options for rotations, the ICC’s value as a forum to share thoughts, concerns, documents and curricula becomes more prominent. 

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) met on Friday, April 26, under the new leadership of Chair Scott Colton, APR, Director of Medical Communications/Public Relations at Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM). Mr. Colton succeeds Karoline Lane, MLS, Chief Communication Officer at the Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), who was recognized for her service as chair at the onset of the meeting. The group then heard details about AACOM’s new discussion platform, AACOMmunities, presented by Tom Lehman, President, Lehman Associates, LLC; John Stover, Principal Consultant, Invenio Partners; and Brett Wangman, President, The Center for Association Growth. The bulk of the meeting consisted of the presentation of this year’s Excellence in Communications (EIC) awards and discussions about the methodology behind the award-winning entries. MAC officer elections were postponed until the summer.

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) convened on Thursday, April 25, under the leadership of Chair Elaine K. Soper, PhD, Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). During the meeting, members discussed a variety of topics, including the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC), COMLEX Level 1 preparation, and the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME). The SOME Steering Committee held a dinner meeting that evening to further discuss business matters and to elect new steering committee members. New members are:

  • Mark Anthony Williams Andrews, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Director of Examination Management, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Timothy J. Barreiro, DO, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • Shinban Liu, student, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU)
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