The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), in partnership with AACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), has announced its plan to establish the Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellows Program for Osteopathic Medicine. The goal of this fellowship is to enable early career osteopathic medicine scholars to actively participate in the IOM study process. The fellowship is supported by funding from its sponsors—AACOM, the AOA, and the AOF. 

AACOM, the AOA, and the AOF will collaborate to identify fellowship nominees for consideration by the IOM. The nomination and selection process for this honor will be based upon an individual’s professional qualifications, reputation as a scholar, quality of professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the IOM. Further details on the application, nomination, and selection process for this program are forthcoming.

Each IOM Anniversary Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, fellows maintain their academic appointments at their home institutions while participating actively in the work of one or more IOM boards, expert study committees, or roundtables. This experience introduces fellows to a variety of experts and perspectives, including an assigned mentor for their fellowship term, as well as legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals.

As sponsors of the Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellows Program for Osteopathic Medicine, AACOM, the AOA, and the AOF are gifting a total of $826,000 to establish the program; $750,000 of this gift will be used to create a permanent endowed fund to support the fellowship, with the remaining $76,000 designated to support the first IOM Osteopathic Medicine Anniversary Fellowship term, beginning in October 2014.

For more information on this and other IOM activities, visit the IOM website. Once confirmed, additional details on this program will also be made available on the AACOM Programs & Initiatives webpage.

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July / August 2013
Vol. 7, No. 7 / 8