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Approximately 241 osteopathic physicians, educators and students attended the 23rd Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference (OME XXIII), held January 4-6, 2013, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme of this year’s conference was Patient Safety: Addressing the Training Gap, with sessions on best practices, technological advances in patient safety and the proposed unified accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME).

The meeting program for the event, co-sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and AACOM, was developed under the leadership of meeting Co-Chairs Peter B. Dane, DO, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), and J. Michael Finley, DO, Academic Officer at the Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/ COMP).

After a brief introduction from the conference co-chairs, OME XXIII attendees heard opening remarks from AOA President Ray E. Stower, DO, and AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and a keynote address from John Bulger, DO, entitled “Quality is Not an Act, it is a Habit: Embedding Quality in the Culture of Health Care.” During the conference, AACOM sponsored an Emerging Leaders Brunch, where osteopathic medical students and residents heard from current leaders in the field regarding emerging issues and future opportunities for leadership. Dr. Shannon, AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Vice President for Research and Application Services Tom Levitan, MEd, all delivered presentations at the conference.

Visit the OME XXIII Conference Agenda for more information and links to presentations from the meeting.

Next year’s OME XXIV is scheduled to take place January 9-11, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

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February 2013
Vol. 7, No. 2