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Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) met on April 10-12 at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU). The meeting convened 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, council members:

  • Held a discussion on the unified accreditation system for graduate medical education led by Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine at CCOM/MWU and Secretary/Treasurer of AACOM’s Board of Deans
  • Participated in separate subcommittee discussions on curriculum changes and best practices for teaching various osteopathic principles and practices, as well as upcoming modifications to AACOM’s Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology and Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB)
  • Held a day-long meeting at the CCOM/MWU campus, which included a campus tour
  • Heard an update from ECOP Staff Liaison Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education
  • Reviewed future committee meeting sites and dates
ECOP will reconvene September 25-27, 2014, at the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in Kirksville, MO.

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chair Steve Jorden, MA, Director of Student Financial Services at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), convened via conference call on April 7, 2014. Members approved minutes from the CSFAA’s previous meeting on January 15, 2014.

AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, delivered a legislative update. Ms. Murphy and AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations Mary-Lynn Bender discussed the 2014 COM Day on Capitol Hill (held April 2 in conjunction with AACOM’s 2014 Annual Conference).

Additional topics addressed during the meeting included state authorization for COM students on clinical rotations, techniques for packaging unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans for students, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The CSFAA’s next meeting will take place in July.

Summaries of Council/Group Meetings Held at the AACOM 2014 Annual Conference
For updated listings of council/group officers and membership,

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Led by Past-National Chair (then National Chair) Tara Blalock Hughes, AuD, student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU), the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) held meetings from Thursday, April 3, to Sunday, April 6. In addition to the various business matters covered during the council’s numerous meetings, including approving minutes from the group’s previous meeting in January and hearing special reports from council members’ respective colleges, the council also heard presentations from Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations and Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations, who delivered a legislative update; Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO, who provided the council with welcoming remarks; and Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), who delivered an update on the unification of graduate medical education accreditation, among others.

Newly elected 2014-2015 COSGP Executive Board members include:

  • National Chair: Carisa Champion-Lippmann, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)
  • First Vice Chair: Tim Lemaire, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  • Second Vice Chair: Krishna Patel, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)
  • Secretary: Kristen Balkam, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Treasurer: Houstin Lui, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
  • Parliamentarian: Jared Morgan, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)
  • National Legislative Affairs Representative: Gabrielle Rozenberg, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY)
  • National Medical Education Representative: Danielle E. Maholtz, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • National Medical Research Representative: Eric Goldwaser, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
  • National Programs Representative: Robert Wills, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM)
  • National Public Relations/ Web Representative: Mona Bazargan, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
  • National Global Health Representative: Ricky Kalia, Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)
  • American Osteopathic Foundation Student Representative: Sarah Julane Wolff, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP)
  • Communications Representative: Renee Sarno, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton (LECOM-Bradenton)         
COSGP members also participated in AACOM’s Third Biannual Health Professions Recruitment Fair, which took place April 5.

Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (DEV-ALUM)

The Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (DEV-ALUM) met April 3 under the leadership of Past Chair Felicia Bruno, MA, Assistant Dean of Student Administrative Services, Alumni Affairs, and Continuing Education at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM). At the meeting the council held an election to determine its new chair, and voted Alex VerVynck, Manager of Alumni Relations at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) to the position.

The council then heard several important presentations, including:

  • An AACOM Governance Update, led by John E. Roane, Jr., AACOM Chief Operating Officer
  • A Legislative Update, presented by Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations, and Mary-Lynn Bender, Assistant Director of Government Relations
  • A presentation on Leveraging LinkedIn, led by Lisa M. Cole, MBA, AACOM Director of Communications and Marketing
  • An AACOM Research Update, delivered by Erik Guercio, MA, AACOM Associate Director of Research
The council also held a collaborative roundtable discussion on topics including its upcoming meeting at the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) OMED 2014 conference, October 25-29, as well as giving clubs, networking events, reunions, and other ongoing efforts at the members’ respective institutions.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) convened April 3 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). During the meeting the group took in several presentations, including a presentation on title IX compliance, a discussion on pricing changes for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Careers in Medicine, led by Thomas Levitan, MEd, AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President and COMSSO Staff Liaison, and a presentation on Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and career advising, delivered by Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education. The group also held elections for its 2014-2015 officers. The new COMSSO officers are:

  • Chair: Tina Woodruff, EdD, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Chair-Elect: Dr. Linda J. Dunatov, EdD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM)
  • Past Chair: Thomas Moorman, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs, UNTHSC/TCOM
  • Secretary: Mattie Bendall, Executive Director of Student Affairs, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)

Council of Researchers (COR)

The Council of Osteopathic Researchers (COR) convened on April 4 under the leadership of Chair John T. Heard, Jr., PhD, Vice President of Research, Grants, and Information Systems at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic (ATSU-KCOM). At the meeting, council members discussed recent medical education research efforts and opportunities for future collaborative research.

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) convened on Thursday, April 3, under the leadership of Past Chair (then Chair) Martha Echols, PhD, MEd, Assistant Dean of Medical Education at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM). During the meeting, members deliberated and voted to approve the proposed operating guidelines of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME)—this will allow the NAOME to hold officer elections and conduct official business. Members also discussed a variety of topics, including a future pole, to be administered by the SOME Steering Committee, to determine ways to increase participation and to gather topics of interest for the group’s next spring meeting during the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference, April 22-25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. SOME also held elections for its new steering committee. New members are:

  • Chair: John Graneto, DO, MEd, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Education Director, Emergency Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Immediate Past Chair: Dr. Martha Echols
  • Chair-Elect: Polly E. Leonard, DO, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Secretary: Diane R. Karius, PhD, Director, Human Patient Simulations, and Associate Professor of Physiology, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New Steering Committee Member: Pamela M. Basehore, EdD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Assessment (Acting); Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New Steering Committee Member: Elizabeth K. McClain, EdS, PhD, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Following the business meeting portion, the faculty development program entitled “Tools to Get Your Job Done” and led by Diane Karius, Polly Leonard, Elaine Soper, Pamela Basehore and Lisa McClain, was very well received and focused on web-based resources for teaching and learning in a speed-dating format.

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) met on Friday, April 4, under the leadership of Chair Scott Colton, APR, Director of Medical Communications/Public Relations at Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM). During the meeting, the council discussed an internal survey that was completed prior to the group’s last meeting in October 2013 which compared the size and structure of each communications department at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine, as well as other ongoing topics that surfaced at MAC’s last meeting, including enhancing participation and attendance of council members at annual meetings and strengthening the council’s relationship and communication channels with AACOM. Presentations delivered at the meeting included:

  • Leveraging LinkedIn, delivered by Lisa M Cole, MBA, AACOM Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Strategic Public Relations, led by Sandra Remey, Remey Communications

The meeting closed with a presentation highlighting the 2014 Excellence in Communications (EIC) awardees.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) convened on April 4. Chair 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), presided over the meeting, which included a discussion on counseling pre-medical student access to shadowing opportunities; a summary of recent Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) activities, led by Devangi Patel, student at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM); a discussion on the 2015 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); and a collaborative discussion on AACOM’s recruitment efforts for the upcoming 2014-15 recruitment season. The meeting also included discussions on the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS) 2015 application cycle, the 2016 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB), and admissions procedures at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs).

International Collaborative (IC)

The International Collaborative (IC) met April 5 under the leadership of Chair Jan M. Willcox, DO, Vice Dean at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC). During the meeting, the group discussed the ongoing projects of the international rotation map and chart, as well as osteopathic medical student-developed cultural information sheets. Representatives from the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) were also present at the meeting. IC members also discussed ways to further encourage international attendance at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference.
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