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AACOM Fall Recruitment Efforts Underway

AACOM’s fall recruitment season is well underway. Admissions officers from many of the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), as well as AACOM leadership and staff, have begun exhibiting at recruitment events hosted by university campuses across the nation. Serving as representatives of osteopathic medical education (OME), their participation at these events will help to increase awareness of OME and allow prospective applicants to meet one-on-one with COM admissions staff. AACOM Associate Director of Application Services, Recruitment Gina M. Moses, MEd, leads AACOM’s recruitment efforts.

At the 2013 Northeast Pre-SOMA Conference, held October 5 at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, as well as Douglas L. Wood, DO, PhD, UNECOM VP of Health Affairs and Dean, delivered presentations to attendees.

Ms. Moses, MEd, continues her travels to MutliCOM events and other recruitment events at campuses across the United States this fall representing AACOM and OME, including the upcoming National ShaDO Week, which will be held the week of November 18-22. For more information on this and other upcoming recruitment events, visit AACOM’s online Recruitment Calendar and check out AACOMAS on Facebook for more information on these events.  

AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Appointed MedChi President-Elect

AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, was recently elected to serve as President-elect of the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi). Dr. Cymet will be inaugurated as the society’s 167th president. MedChi represents Maryland physicians and comprises more than 7500 members. Dr. Cymet’s will focus during his term as president will be investigating the role of physicians in the future U.S. health care system.

AACOM President Attends IOM Workshop on Innovation in Health Professional Education

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, recently attended a public workshop, “Assessing Health Professional Education,” hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) October 9-10 in Washington, DC. The workshop focused on current challenges regarding assessment that are facing health professions education, including preparing for lifelong assessment, the role of assessment among peers and patients, how to most effectively utilize assessment outcomes, and more. The goal of the workshop was to review the current state of assessment across the health professions landscape and propose ways and means of moving forward.

AACOM Attends OMED 2012

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, along with several members of AACOM’s leadership and staff, attended the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) in Las Vegas, NV September 30-October 4. Tyler Cymet, DO, Chief of Clinical Education; Thomas Levitan, MEd, Vice President for Research & Application Services; Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, as Vice President and Chair for Medical Education; Pamela Murphy, MSW, Director of Government Relations; and John E. Roane, Chief Operating Officer, were in attendance representing AACOM’s various departments. Several AACOM groups and councils met at the conference; for information about these meetings, see Group and Council News.

During the conference, Dr. Shannon and Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA, Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans, met with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Board of Directors to discuss issues of common interest with regard to osteopathic medical education. Dr. Shannon and Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), were also honored with the AOA Council of Interns and Residents’ Karen J. Nichols, DO Excellence in Postgraduate Service Award during the Intern and Resident Leadership Summit held September 30 at the conference.

AACOM President Presents at West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative Conference

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended and led a presentation at the West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative Conference, held September 19-20 in Grand Rapids, MI. Under the theme “Obtaining the highest Quality at the Lowest Cost: The Case for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice,” the conference was held with the objectives of discussing several issues surrounding interprofessional education and practice, including benefits to patient care, strategies to support and develop interprofessionalism, impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on interprofessional education and practice, and opportunities to expand partnerships in development and research. Dr. Shannon’s presentation, “Framing Our Health Care Future. The Role of Interprofessional Education,” discussed the current and potential role of interprofessional education in health professions education and how this approach will impact and shape the future of the health care industry.
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October 2013
Vol. 7, No. 10