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Dr. Shannon Participates in Panel Discussion at 115th MAO Scientific Convention

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and Chief Executive Officer, attended the Michigan Osteopathic Association’s (MOA) 115th Annual Spring Scientific Convention held May 14-17 in Detroit, MI. At the meeting, Dr. Shannon served as a speaker in a panel discussion on the unification of graduate medical education accreditation. The MOA Annual Spring Scientific Convention is held to assemble top osteopathic physicians, medical students, and healthcare professionals in order to engage with one another in an educational and hands-on learning environment.

Dr. Shannon Participates in Joint ASPPH and IPEC Conference on Public Health and Care Delivery

On May 5, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the Reconnecting Public Health and Care Delivery to Improve Health of Populations conference, co-sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). The conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and was intended to serve as a forum for initiating dialogue and providing direction for population health stakeholders to help transform health professional education and promote collaborative practice to effectively engage and deliver care to individuals, families, and communities. At the meeting, Dr. Shannon participated in a panel discussion entitled “Looking Ahead Towards the Common Platform,” which focused on the topic of unifying and streamlining care delivery across all health professions.

Dr. Cymet Attends Healthy Eating Bill Signing

On May 5, Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education, attended the signing of the Child Care Centers – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act, a new bill to promote healthy lifestyle habits at child care facilities. The signing took place at the Governor’s Office of Maryland in Annapolis, MD. Maryland state government officials present at the signing include Governor Martin O’Malley, along with Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Maryland Senate, and Delegate Adrienne A. Jones, Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House of Delegates, among others.

AACOM Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment Attends UCR Pre-SOMA Recruitment Event

Gina M. Moses, MEd, AACOM Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment, represented AACOM at a medical education recruitment event, hosted by the Pre-SOMA (Pre Student Osteopathic Medical Association) Chapter at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) on May 5. During the event, Ms. Moses had a chance to meet with University of UCR Pre-SOMA Chapter leaders Cathy Ha, Emily Lopez, Michelle Lu, Erica Razon. Ms. Lu is Founding President of the UCR Pre-SOMA Chapter, which became active in 2013. Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), and serves as a channel for pre-medical students to become active in the osteopathic medical community before entering medical school.

Dr. Shannon and Dr. Mortensen Attend 2014 Spring IPEC Institute

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO, and Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education attended the 2014 Spring IPEC Institute, entitled “Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration,” held May 4-7 in Herndon, VA. At the institute, Dr. Shannon delivered a presentation on teaching interprofessional education.

Dr. Shannon Delivers Presentation at GME Accreditation Seminar

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO, and Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans, attended and delivered presentations at the Single GME Accreditation System Project Update Seminar, held May 4 in Chicago, IL.  

Dr. Cymet Presents at TOMA Convention

Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education, attended and participated in the recent TOMA 2014 Convention, held May 1-4 in Gatlinburg, TN. At the meeting, Dr. Cymet delivered a presentation on clinical clerkships. The Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) membership works to ensure that laws and regulations promote the health and well-being of Tennessee residents and the osteopathic medical profession.

Dr. Shannon Attends IOM Workshop on Community-based Health Professions Education

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and Chief Executive Officer, recently attended the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, entitled Scaling Up Best Practices in Community-based Health Professional Education: A Workshop, held May 1-2 in Washington, DC. Dr. Shannon served as a member of the event’s planning committee, and during the meeting led a webinar session which included presentations from several individuals representing different areas of health professions education. Fredrick Schwartz, DO, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Services, Chair of Family and Community Medicine, and Professor at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona represented osteopathic medical education during this webcasted session with a presentation on training medical students and residents at community health centers.

Members of AACOM’s Research Team Attend AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference

Thomas Levitan, MEd, AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President, and Erik Guercio, MA, AACOM Associate Director of Research, attended the 10th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference, hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies. The meeting was held May 1-2 in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference, which has broadened in recent years to include all health professions, was “Finding the Right Fit: The Health Workforce Needed to Support the Affordable Care Act.” Conference attendees included researchers, educators, and policymakers from throughout the health professions community had the opportunity to meet and discuss collaboratively current state and federal workforce issues.

Members of AACOM Senior Leadership Attend 2014 Ottawa Conference

Thomas Levitan, MEd, AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President, and Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education, attended the 16th Biennial Ottawa Conference, held conjointly with the 12th Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), in Ottawa, Ontario, April 25-29, 2014. The focus of the 16th Ottawa Conference was best practices in the area of assessment, with “Transforming Healthcare through Excellence in Assessment and Evaluation” serving as the overarching theme. Programming included sessions on outcomes/competency-based assessment; assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning; progress testing; technology enhanced assessment; assessment of professionalism and attitudes; research on assessment; and methods of selection for admission to medicine and specialty training, and curriculum evaluation.

Dr. Mortensen Attends Annual RTT Conclave

Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education, attended the Annual Rural Training Track (RTT) Conclave, themed “Common Ground,” held April 16-18 in Athens, OH. The purpose of the event was to serve as a forum for osteopathic and allopathic medical educators to assemble on the topic of training of medical students and residents in rural areas. The RTT Conclave agenda included pre-conference workshops, plenary speakers, and breakout sessions covering a wide array of topics from promoting medical education scholarship in rural areas to rural medicine tracks in medical school and residency programs, both DO and MD. The 2014 RTT Conclave was co-sponsored by The RTT Collaborative and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). For more information on the RTT Collaborative or the Annual RTT Conclave, visit The RTT Collaborative website.
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