The AACOM 2014 Annual Conference, held April 2-5 at the Capital Holton Hotel in Washington, DC, drew attendees from a diverse array of areas from throughout the osteopathic medical education continuum and beyond to the nation’s capital for four days of collaborative discussions, thought-provoking educational sessions, and innovative and strategic planning under them theme “Osteopathic Medical Education: Keys to Success.”
This year’s event was the largest and most attended conference hosted by the association to date with more than 550 registrants—a 12 percent increase over attendance at AACOM’s last solo conference in 2012—37 different industry-specific exhibitors, and more than 80 educational sessions. Popular session topics included AACOM data; COMLEX preparation; interprofessional education and practice; assessment and evaluation of core competencies; and peer teaching evaluation. Visit the AACOM 2014 Annual Conference landing page
to view session and poster presentation materials, photos, and other relevant resources.
The opening keynote address, entitled “The Patient-Centered Medical Home,” was delivered the evening of Wednesday, April 2, by Paul Gundy, MD, MPH, Global Director of IBM Healthcare Transformation, IBM Corporation. The session was well-attended and followed by an opening reception networking event for attendees.
Conference activities on Thursday, April 3, were kicked-off by a keynote speech, entitled “Healthy Doc=Healthy Patient Project and a Democratically Open, Outstanding Hybrid of Internet-aided, Computer-aided, and Human-aided Education—Not Your Grandma’s MOOC,” given by Erica Frank, MD, MPH, Founder and President of NextGenU.org and Professor and Canada Research Chair in Preventative Medicine and Population Health at the University of British Columbia. This year’s AACOM Leadership Lunch, held for members of the AACOM Board of Deans and leaders of AACOM’s many councils, featured a special presentation by Edward Salsberg, MBA, Health Services Professor at George Washington University. His presentation at the lunch discussed the current status of transformation in healthcare and its implications for graduate medical education and the physician workforce.
In addition to the day’s sessions, Thursday evening continued with a social event for attendees with a performance from the Capitol Steps, a comedic political satire group. The evening also included a lively and enlightening town hall meeting and Q & A session on graduate medical education accreditation, featuring talking points from Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) and Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO.
On Friday, April 4, Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, Economist and Senior Fellow with Project Hope, delivered the third and final keynote address entitled “The Evolving World of Healthcare Reform.” That evening, the AACOM held its Annual Awards Banquet, culminating the main portion of conference program. Each year, AACOM holds an awards banquet to honor outstanding individuals from the osteopathic community. Several national awards were presented at this year’s event, including the William D. Miller Award, the Robert A. Kistner Award, the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Innovation in Medical Education Awards, the National Student DO of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Communications Best in Show award. View the related press release
for more information.
On Saturday, April 5, the AACOM Board of Deans approved a new Strategic Plan for the association which will officially take effect July 1, 2014. For more details on this Strategic Plan, refer to AACOM’s Strategic Plan web page
and be sure to read Dr. Shannon’s “From the President” column in this issue of Inside OME
The meeting concluded Saturday afternoon with AACOM’s Third Bi-Annual Health Professions Recruitment Fair. The event drew approximately 112 high school, college and post-baccalaureate students; teachers; counselors; and administrators from across the country. Thirty-six information booths representing AACOM and many of its member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), student organizations, and several Allied Health Associations, were present to share information about osteopathic medical education and other health professions education opportunities.
AACOM and AODME are already well into the planning process for the upcoming Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference to be held April 22-25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.