Meeting Summaries

SOME Steering Committee

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Steering Committee, led by Steering Committee Chair Martha Echols, PhD, MEd, Assistant Dean of Medical Education at the Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), convened for its annual meeting on August 12 at AACOM’s office in Chevy Chase, MD. A working dinner the evening before was followed by a full day of discussion on the group’s agenda for the upcoming year.

The committee's imposing agenda provided much-needed opportunity for deliberation on topics such as membership engagement, the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME), a review of the committee’s bylaws, project brainstorming and priorities, programing for the AACOM 2014 Annual Conference, and strategic planning. The group received updates on AACOM's many activities from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH; AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW; and AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education Tyler Cymet, DO. These conversations provided a basis for the committee's work regarding the society's medical education projects and initiatives and how they will inform AACOM's strategic planning process.


The 2013-2014 Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) convened July 15-17 under the leadership of Chair Tara Blalock Hughes, osteopathic medical student at the Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 2013 Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, IL. The council used this meeting as an opportunity to enrich current relationships with other national medical student organizations, such as the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Among other agenda items covered at the meeting, the council:

  • conducted a “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event to allow members to familiarize themselves with one another;
  • received welcome remarks from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH;
  • observed a presentation on the history of COSGP, led by Luke Mortensen, PhD, AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education and Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education;
  • participated in leadership training, led by Shinban Liu, COSGP 1st Vice Chair, osteopathic medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU);
  • 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;
  • reviewed school reports and annual updates;
  • and participated in the 2013 National Osteopathic Student Caucus (NOSC) meeting.

The council was able to utilize new technologies during their meeting which enabled live-streaming of interactive speaker sessions, lecture recording, and live-streaming access to the NOSC meeting so students from around the country could join in.

Immediately following each 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 improvement of the next meeting.

The COSGP’s next meeting will be held September 28, 2013, during the AOA’s OMED 2013 conference in Las Vegas, NV.


The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chairperson Kimberly Brown, PhD, Director of Finance, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU), convened a conference call meeting on June 25, 2013. The CSFAA approved minutes from its March meeting and discussed the 2014 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Professional Development Conference for Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators that will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico January 15-17. The council also discussed the upcoming 2013 AACOM-sponsored interactive financial aid training modules for osteopathic medical students. Other agenda topics included the upcoming CSFAA leadership elections; a legislative update from Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations, which included updates on the student loan interest rate increase proposals in Congress and the Supreme Court case Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin; and an update on issues related to the United States Department of Education’s state authorization regulation and its impact on the colleges of osteopathic medicine. 

The next CSFAA meeting will be held via conference call on Monday, September 23, at 3:00 pm EST.

Upcoming Meetings

September 16-17
Council Leadership Meeting
Chevy Chase, MD

September 19-21
ECOP Meeting
Des Moines, IA

September 23
CSFAA Quarterly Meeting

Meetings and Workshops to Be Held at OMED 2013:

September 28
COSGP Executive Board Meeting

September 29
COSGP Meeting

September 30
COSGP Meeting
TOPCE Faculty Development Workshop

October 1
COSGP Meeting
COMSSO Meeting
IC Meeting
MAC Meeting

October 2
CFO Meeting
ECOP Meeting

October 3
COMAO Meeting
AOP Meeting

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