Highlights from the 24th Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference (OME XXIV) 

The 24th Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference (OME XXIV) was held January 9-11 at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Austin, TX. The conference is designed to be a forum for educators and leaders in osteopathic medical education to exchange information and ideas. Under the theme “Virtually There–Advancing Education Through Technology, Innovation, and Collaboration,” the conference brought together college deans, hospital and college administrators, directors and administrative directors of medical education, residency program directors, specialty college representatives, and other OME leaders from across the nation to discuss the current and future developments of U.S. osteopathic medical education.

John Dougherty, DO, Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Medical Affairs at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM), and Harald Lausen, DO, MA, Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education, Osteopathic Education, Quality Initiatives, and Hospital Service at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, served as co-chairs for the OME XXIV.

Event highlights included an opening session featuring AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO, and AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, as well as a presentation from Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), AACOM Board of Deans member, and Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC) on the BRC’s white paper report, “Building the Future: Educating the 21st Century Physician.”

Many members of AACOM’s staff leadership attended the conference, and Tom Levitan, MEd, Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President, co-presented an update on the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). AACOM also sponsored an Emerging Leaders Brunch, where selected osteopathic medical students and residents heard from current leaders in the field regarding emerging issues and future opportunities for leadership.

The 2015 OME Conference will be held January 8-10 in Los Angeles, CA. More details on that event are to be announced. AACOM and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) co-sponsor the Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference. For more information on this event, visit

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February 2014
Vol. 8, No. 2