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Meeting Recaps

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), under the leadership of by National Chair Tara Blalock Hughes, Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), met for its annual Winter Business Meeting on January 17-19, 2014, in Glendale, AZ. The meeting was hosted by the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU). At the meeting, council members discussed, in general, the status of the proposed unified graduate medical education accreditation system, resolutions on the representation for students at COSGP meetings, and several internal council issues.

Immediately after each meeting, the COSGP Executive Board conducts a quarterly electronic survey to solicit COSGP member feedback on the Board’s choices for speakers, activities, etc., for self-reflection, and for improvement of the next meeting.

The next COSGP meeting will be held Friday, April 4 at the AACOM 2014 Annual Conference.

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chair Kimberly Brown, PhD, Director of Finance, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, convened its annual in-person meeting on January 15 at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) 2014 Professional Development Conference for Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the meeting, the council approved minutes from its September 2013 meeting and announced the results of its leadership elections. Each elected individual will serve a two-year term. Newly transitioned CSFAA leadership includes:

  • Chair: Steven Jorden, MA, Director of Student Financial Services, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  • Vice Chair: Kathy Leary, MBA, Executive Director of Student Financial Services, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
  • Secretary: Sharon L. Howard, Director of Financial Aid, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

Other agenda highlights included an overview of the role of AACOM’s CSFAA in the legislative and regulatory process, and a review of the preliminary AACOM comments to the House Education and the Workforce Committee leadership regarding the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, delivered by Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Director of Government Relations. Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations, delivered a synopsis of the recently launched 2014 AACOM-sponsored interactive financial aid training modules for graduating osteopathic medical students and discussed with the council the requested 2015 financial aid modules topics. Ms. Bender also facilitated a discussion on potential abstract ideas for next year’s Joint AACOM and AODME 2015 Annual Conference.

Details for the next CSFAA meeting are to be announced.

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings to be held at the AACOM 2014 Annual Conference

April 3

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

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

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Executive Board

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

April 4

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

Council of Researchers (COR)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

April 5

AACOM Board of Deans (BOD)

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

International Collaborative (IC)

Core Competency Liaison Group

April 6

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

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February 2014
Vol. 8, No. 2