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Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) held its annual spring meeting Thursday, April 9, to Sunday, April 11, at the A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) campus in Mesa, AZ. Led by ECOP Chair Kevin D. Treffer, DO, Associate Professor and Interim Department of OMM Chair, the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), the meeting opened with an introduction of new members and review of the ECOP representative list, and approval of minutes from the council’s fall 2014 meeting. AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education and ECOP Staff Liaison Tyler Cymet, DO, delivered an AACOM Report, followed by Dr. Treffer’s AACOM Council Leadership Meeting Report presentation. Dr. Treffer presided over the spring meeting, which involved several other presentations including “Documentation of Osteopathic Terminology (MeSH/Thesraus/SNOMED), A Project Requiring ECOP’s Expertise,” “Embedding Osteopathic Thinking throughout COM Curriculums,” “OMT or OMG: Osteopathic Identity in an Era of Uncertainty,” and NBOME and subcommittee reports.

The three-day ECOP agenda entailed subcommittee assignments and breakout sessions on various topics and issues for which the council refined documents and developed reports addressing the matters. The council members discussed a number of items including the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) white paper development, “Baseline Level of Knowledge for MDs to Enter Programs with Osteopathic Recognition,” osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) requirements and core curriculum, and reviewed AACOM’s newly-published Clinical Osteopathically Integrated Learning Scenarios (COILS).

To close the meeting, the council held ECOP nominations and elected the following new 2015-16 officers:

  • Chair: Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)
  • Vice Chair: Anthony Will, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM/MWU)
  • Secretary: Rebecca Giusti, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP)
  • Sergeant at Arms: Ann Habenich, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)
  • Historian: John Jones, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM)

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) Quarterly Meeting

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chairperson Steven Jorden, Director of Student Financial Services, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, convened via conference call on April 7, 2015.  Members approved minutes from the Council’s January in-person meeting and received a legislative update from AACOM VP of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender.  Ms. Murphy and Ms. Bender also provided a recap of AACOM’s 2015 COM Day on Capitol Hill and led a planning discussion on the 2016 CSFAA annual in-person meeting. Council members discussed various other topics, including the 2015 AACOM-Sponsored CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students.

The next CSFAA meeting will be held via conference call in July.

Meetings Held at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) convened on Wednesday, April 22, under the leadership of SOME Chairperson John W. Graneto, DO, MEd, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU). To open the general council meeting, Eric Holmboe, MD, Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, ACGME, delivered a presentation on the entrustable professional activities (EPAs) and graduate medical education (GME) to council members, followed by a panel discussion on skills, knowledge, and other capabilities needed on Day 1 upon entering GME. The SOME business meeting began with a recap of annual events from Dr. Graneto, revision of the council by-laws, and comments from AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education and Staff Liaison Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, on SOME's participation in current and future AACOM projects such as the selection process for the Medical Education section of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), the project in educational gaming, and a liaison group advising the EPAs. Dr. Mortensen also provided a review of SOME and its functions for the council membership. Other agenda topics included discussion of the EPAs related to professionalism and communication, professional integrity and performance, interprofessional teams, and faculty development. The SOME spring meeting also involved review of the composition of the current steering committee and elections for open positions. New 2015-16 SOME members include:

  • Chair: John Graneto, DO, MEd, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Education Director, Emergency Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)
  • Chair-Elect: Polly E. Leonard, DO, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM)
  • 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 (KCU-COM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Mark Andrews, PhD, FNAOME, Professor of Physiology and Director of Examination Management, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Seton Hill (LECOM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Pamela M. Basehore, EdD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Assessment (Acting); Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Stephen Davis, PhD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Jennifer A. Fischer, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Elizabeth Petsche, JD, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
  • Steering Committee Member: Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd, NAOME Fellows Chair, Associate Dean of Curriculum, A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)
  • NAOME Liaison: Matthew Henry, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) convened Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Chair Susan M. Hanson, MS, Director of Admissions, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP), presided over the meeting, providing welcoming remarks and council introductions, followed by approval of minutes, bylaws review and ratification, and the nominations and elections for new COMAO officers and a new National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Liaison.

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President and COMAO Staff Liaison Thomas Levitan, MEd, delivered a detailed AACOM Report in collaboration with AACOM Associate Director of Research Eric Guerico, MA, to council members. COMAO discussed the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS) 2015-16 application cycle and admissions procedures at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), the “New MCAT,” Canadian licensure requirements, professional development, and high school recruitment activities. The council also met with the COSGP Executive Board members and traveled to Florida International University for recruitment and application-related activities.

The COMAO meeting agenda comprised of several other presentations including a Recruitment Report from AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Applications Services Gina M. Moses, MEd; Recruitment Advisory Committee Report from Deborah Benvenger, MBA, Chief Admissions Officer, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM); "Comprehensive Review of the 2015-2016 Application Cycle: An Interactive Session," delivered by AACOM CFO John Roane; and the AACOM Advisory Committee Report from Bryan Moody, MEd, Director of Enrollment Management, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM). 

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) convened Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, under the leadership of Chair Dr. Tina Woodruff, EdD, Chief of Student Affairs Officer, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), who also presented “Student-Developed Strategic Initiative to Address Mental Health Bias and Challenges” to the council. During the meeting, the group took in several other presentations including an update on Title IX compliance from 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), and a discussion led by AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President and COMSSO Staff Liaison Tomas Levitan, MEd, on changes in AACOM structure and the impact on COMSSO.

The council discussed various topics and areas of interest including pre-matriculation activities and orientation programs, professionalism and professional development initiatives, strategies for helping manage the mental health challenges of medical students, and residency advising support. In addition to these items was a session with the COSGP Board member, during which the results of a COSGP Student Survey and a COMSSO Survey were discussed, along with ideas and strategies for how to work together on overlapping areas of concern.

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

The Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (DEV-ALUM) met for its 2015 Spring Meeting on Thursday, April 23, at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The meeting was led by AACOM Vice President of Communications and Marketing Lisa M. Cole, MBA, who also provided presentations on the AACOM-sponsored One- in-Four Campaign and an AACOM Communications and Marketing update. Following introductions and housekeeping items, a series of roundtable and breakout discussions was moderated by AACOM Senior Editor Lindsey Jurd. Council members heard presentations from AACOM leadership and staff including AACOM Program Manager Alegneta Long, MPP, who delivered a Single GME Accreditation Update, followed by an American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-sponsored lunch in the conference exhibit hall.

Other highlights of the DEV-ALUM meeting agenda included the CASE Webinar: “Integrating Alumni Relations into the Advancement Program” presentation by Donna A. Arbide, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Individual Giving, the University of Miami; AACOM Advocacy and Legislative Updates; AACOM Research and Recruitment presentation from Erik Guercio, MA, AACOM Associate Director of Research; and the Recruitment presentation delivered by AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Applications Services Gina M. Moses, MEd.

At the meeting the council also held nominations and elections to determine the following 2015-16 DEV-ALUM Executive Board members:

  • Vice Chair: Barbara L. Wysocki
  • Representative at Large: Diane J. Sutphin

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC) met on Friday, April 24, under the leadership of Chair Scott Colton, APR, COM/HPD Director of Medical Communications and Public Relations at the Nova Southeastern University-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), and AACOM Vice President of Communications and Marketing Lisa M. Cole, MBA. During the assembly, MAC members discussed a recap and ongoing topics from the council’s prior meeting, followed by new business items. The MAC spring meeting agenda highlighted several pertinent topics and presentations including:

  • AACOM "D.O. More" PR campaign
  • Internal communications
  • Wikipedia: Editing Your Space
  • Video: In-House vs. outside vendor, authenticity vs. polish, etc.
  • Presentation by Dr. Tyler Cymet, DO, about the newly co-published AACOM-ECOP textbook on OMM
  • Website Governance: Coping with User-Generated Content while Maintaining Quality
  • Digital asset management systems, photo collection/permission, and digital signage discussion
  • Executive communications
  • Clipping services and "intelligence" gathering

The meeting closed with a presentation highlighting the 2015 Excellence in Communications (EIC) awardees, an open forum, and future meeting and topic discussions.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Led by immediate Past-National Chair (then National Chair) Carisa Champion-Lippmann, third year osteopathic medical student at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) held its 2015 Spring Quarterly Meeting at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. From Thursday, April 23, to Sunday, April 26, the COSGP Executive Board convened to address business related to leadership, approval of minutes from the group’s previous winter meeting, and internal council issues and resolutions. In addition, several general council assemblies and transition meetings took place over the four-day COSGP summit, which included presentations from the COSGP Committee Representatives and reports on the council members’ respective COMs. The COSGP also attended several conference sessions and events, and heard presentations from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, who provided the council with welcoming remarks; AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Assistant Director of Government Relations Mary-Lynn Bender, who delivered a legislative update; and AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, and AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Medical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, who provided AACOM leadership updates to the council.

Newly elected 2015-2016 COSGP Executive Board members include:

  • National Chair: Breanna Hirschman, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  • First Vice Chair: Jessica Palmieri-Bunch, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
  • Second Vice Chair: Kenyanita Ellis, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM)
  • Secretary: Maureen McAteer, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)
  • Treasurer: Matthew Costa, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Parliamentarian: Daniel Krajcik, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees Student Delegate: Carisa Champion-Lippmann, JD, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)
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