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Summaries of Recent Meetings

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

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, convened a conference call meeting on September 23, 2013.  The CSFAA approved minutes from its June meeting and discussed the upcoming CSFAA leadership elections that will take place in late November. The Council also discussed the upcoming AACOM-sponsored interactive financial aid training modules for osteopathic medical students. Other agenda topics included an update on AACOM’s Council Leadership meeting that took place on September 16-17; the upcoming 2014 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Professional Development Conference (PDC) for Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators that will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 15 – 17; and a legislative update from Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations.

The next CSFAA meeting will be in-person at the AAMC PDC on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Summaries of Meetings Held at OMED 2013

Assembly of Presidents (AOP)

The Assembly of Presidents (AOP) met on October 3 under the leadership of Chair William Strampel, DO, Dean at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). The group heard various reports on AACOM activities and each of the attending members reported on updates from their respective schools.  Additionally, the AOP selected Michael D. Adelman, DO, JD, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), as AOP Chair-Elect. Dr. Adelman will begin his term as Chair July 1, 2014.

Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO)

The Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO) met on October 2 under the leadership of Chair Peter Doulis, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The meeting opened with introductions, pertinent announcements from council members, and officer nominations. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, provided an update on AACOM operations and activities. The group also received an update on AACOM’s legislative activities from Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations. The meeting adjourned after an open discussion on agenda topics for the next meeting.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) convened October 3 under the leadership of Chair Dr. John D. Schriner, PhD, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). During the meeting, the council approved minutes from their April 2013 meeting, and then discussed a number of pertinent topics, including recruitment events, the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) standards, current and future reports to the colleges based on data from the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS), opportunities for collaboration with other AACOM councils, and more.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) met October 1 under the leadership of Chair Thomas Moorman, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM). After introductions, the council heard a presentation from on joint accreditation of residency programs from Boyd R. Buser, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). The group participated in discussion on medical school class rankings, applicant background checks, and current AACOM activities, among other items of interest. The meeting adjourned with closing remarks.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) met September 28-October 1, under the leadership of Chair Tara Blalock Hughes, student government president at the Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM).

During its meetings, the council:

  • Conducted a “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event to allow members to familiarize themselves with one another;
  • observed a presentation from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon on current AACOM initiatives and activities;
  • received a legislative update from AACOM Government Relations Director Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations Mary-Lynn Bender;
  • observed a variety of presentations from guest speakers such as Karen J. Nichols, Dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) and AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO;
  • heard special reports from various colleges of osteopathic medicine represented at the meeting;
  • and discussed other germane topics outlined in the group’s agenda.

Immediately following each COSGP 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 for improvement of the next meeting.

The next meeting of the COSGP will be held January 17-19; the location for this meeting is TBD.

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

The Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (Dev-Alum) convened for a lunch meeting on October 1 under the leadership of Chair Elizabeth J. Muncal, MNpS, Director of Development at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). The meeting opened with introductions and a brief report, delivered by AACOM COO John E. Roane, Jr., updating the council on changes within AACOM’s internal communications department. The group then held table discussions on a variety of topics, including annual giving best practices, establishing or revamping alumni relations strategies at both new and more established schools, and more. The group also discussed potential ways to grow participation at its annual in-person meetings at OMED and the AACOM Annual Conference.

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) convened a brief meeting on October 2 under the leadership of Chair Kevin D. Treffer, DO, Associate Professor and OMM Coordinator at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM). During the meeting, the group members discussed current activities at each of their respective colleges.

International Collaborative (IC)

The International Collaborative (IC) convened on October 1 under the leadership of Chair Jan M. Willcox, DO, Vice Dean at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). The agenda for the meeting included an overview of the AACOMmunities online collaborative tool, new group members, and the upcoming 2014 AACOM Annual Conference, among other matters. The group also received a presentation on cultural awareness conducted by members of the COSGP.

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) met on October 1 under the leadership of Chair Scott Colton, COM/HPD Director of Medical Communications and Public Relations at the Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM). The meeting opened with introductions and a brief update on AACOM’s internal communications department, delivered by AACOM COO John E. Roane, Jr. The council discussed a number of important topics, including ways to further enhance and grow committee participation (in both online collaboration and in-person meetings), developing useful communication tools for MAC members, and communications department structures at different colleges. The council also heard a report from Mr. Colton summarizing the September AACOM Council Leadership Meeting.
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October 2013
Vol. 7, No. 10