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AACOM Government Relations Presents Legislative and Advocacy Update at OSU-COM’s 29th Annual CME Spring Fling Conference

On May 15, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender, delivered an update on AACOM’s current federal advocacy and legislative efforts to attendees at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) 29th Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Spring Fling Conference. The presentation included an overview of the current federal political landscape and AACOM’s strategic policy objectives and goals. 

AACOM President Attends International Health Workforce Collaborative

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the 15th International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC), held May 12-15 in London and Cambridge, UK. This year’s meeting was hosted by Health Education England where conference delegates met to discuss global and local health workforce issues facing each of the attendees’ respective countries. AACOM also served as a U.S. sponsor of the event. During the conference, Dr. Shannon attended plenary sessions on global trends affecting medical workforce policies and driving workforce innovation. The global event brought together policy makers, academics, researchers, and practitioners from around the world for the unique opportunity to engage in international networking and collaboration. During the conference, Dr. Shannon attended plenary sessions on global trends affecting medical workforce policies and driving workforce innovation. The 2015 IHWC conference program consisted of these attending countries exploring the following four key themes:

  • UK: Re-tooling: Is today’s workforce fit for purpose?
  • AUS: The Future Primary Health and Social Care Workforce: Building the capability of the system to support an Integrated Primary Health & Social Care Workforce
  • CA: Optimizing the health workforce through interprofessional, collaborative models of care
  • US: Workforce innovations supporting patient-directed health care 
The annual IHWC is designed to promote the international exchange of medical workforce policy approaches. Planning for the 16th IHWC is under way, which will take place next spring in the United States.

AACOM Government Relations Delivers Legislative and Advocacy Webcast Presentation to PNWU-COM Students

On May 7, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender, delivered a webcast presentation to the students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) on AACOM’s current federal advocacy and legislative efforts. For more information on AACOM’s Government Relations activities, visit AACOM’s advocacy pages.

AACOM Government Relations Attends WGR 40th Anniversary Spring Reception

On May 6, AACOM Government Relations attended the Women in Government Relations (WGR) Spring Reception: Celebrating 40 Years of Advancing and Empowering Women at the Willard in Washington, DC. All members of the AACOM Government Relations team attended the WGR 40th anniversary celebration that brought together members of Congress, congressional staff, and the government relations community to honor women leaders who embody the vision of WGR. AACOM is a member of WGR and was a sponsor of this year’s spring event.

AACOM Research Attends AAMC Workforce Conference

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Tom Levitan, MEd, attended and participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2015 Annual Physician Workforce Research Conference, held April 30 to May 1 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. The 11th annual conference offered plenary sessions and panel discussions on critical workforce issues under the theme, Transforming the Health Workforce: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. The meeting agenda also included 12 breakout sessions featuring quantitative and qualitative research on topics like interprofessional education, rural and underserved communities, technology, new care delivery models, and the transition to single graduate medical education (GME), as well as a thought-provoking keynote speech from Alan Weil, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs. Mr. Levitan participated in the conference and met with researchers, educators, and policymakers to discuss the nation's current health care workforce challenges and innovative approaches to mitigating them.

AACOM Leadership Attends 2015 Spring IPEC Institute and CEO Retreat

From April 29 to May 1, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) held its 2015 Spring Institute at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA. AACOM leadership was in attendance at the meeting including AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA. Under the theme, Building Interprofessional Education for Population Health, the Institute aimed to guide faculty teams in creating actionable plans for implementing interprofessional (IPE) projects that advance university-based, post-baccalaureate IPE curricula in collaboration with community partners for improving population health. In addition, the spring institute focused on these objectives:
  • Building effective and sustainable relationships with partners striving to improve population health
  • Creating competency-based, practice-oriented curricula for improving population health
  • Integrating public health students into IPE curricula and collaborations
  • Assessing student learner competence and educational programming
  • Implementing faculty development in population health

In addition, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the 2015 Spring IPEC Retreat on May 5 in Washington, DC. As the IPEC Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Dr. Shannon represented AACOM and the osteopathic medical education (OME) community in collaborating with fellow Board members from other health professions. 

Registration is underway for the Fall 2015 IPEC Institute, Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration, which will be held October 7-9 in Herndon, VA. For more information, or if you are interested in the upcoming Fall 2015 Interprofessional Education Institute, visit the IPEC website.

AACOM Government Relations Presents Legislative and Advocacy Presentation to DMU-COM Students

On April 28, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender, delivered a presentation on AACOM’s current legislative and federal advocacy efforts to students at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The presentation included an overview of the current federal political landscape, AACOM’s policy priorities, and tips and resources for students to enhance advocacy efforts. 

AACOM Research Attends NAAHP Regional Association Meeting of the CAAHP

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Tom Levitan, MEd, recently attended a meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)’s regional association, the Central Association of Advisors to the Health Professions (CAAHP). The CAAHP is an organization comprised of professionals from colleges and universities who are committed to the professional development of advisors for the health professions. The 2015 CAAHP Conference was held April 23-26 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO under the theme, Show-Me Your Drive: Pacing Students through the Pre-Health Speedway. Mr. Levitan represented AACOM, a member of the NAAHP Advisory Council, at the annual meeting and also delivered a plenary session entitled, “The New AACOMAS: Everything You Need to Know,” and an AACOM update on this year’s graduate medical education (GME) “match” results to conference attendees. The 2015 CAAHP also included a Health care Education Fair for a “meet and greet” with admission representatives and deans from health care education programs and associations on Saturday, April 25.

COPTI Meeting Held at 2015 Annual Conference

AACOM Medical Education Representatives monitored the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI) meeting, which was held on Monday, April 20, at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The council convened to discuss various topics including the transition to single graduate medical education (GME) and OPTI accreditation. The council meeting agenda consisted of several presentations and reports, including an AACOM Report and discussion related to single GME business. Next on the agenda was new business and OPTI accreditation progress reports. An executive session closed the spring COPTI meeting, during which the council discussed reports, reviews, and resolutions for various colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs).

AACOM Leadership Attends COCA Meeting

AACOM Representatives traveled to Chicago, IL on April 18-19 to attend the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) meeting. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, and AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, were in attendance during the 2015 spring meeting. COCA serves the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine. The scope of COCA encompasses the accreditation of the COMs. The next COCA meeting will be held August 29-30 in Chicago, IL.

AACOM Leadership Attends Beyond Flexner 2015

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, attended the Beyond Flexner 2015 conference April 13-15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Albuquerque, NM.

This year’s Medical Education Futures Study (MEFS) conference, Beyond Flexner 2015: Social Mission in Medical Education, examined the progress of social mission innovations and reforms in medical education. The broad themes of social mission included social determinants of health, community engagement, disparity reduction, diversity promotion, and interprofessional education and value-based health care.

On the morning of Wednesday, April 15, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, moderated the plenary session, “Insights into Social Mission.” The annual conference also featured breakout sessions and a roster of distinguished speakers along the medical education continuum. The purpose of the conference is to bring national attention to schools with strong social mission agendas, create a forum for collaboration and shared innovations among socially accountable medical schools, and legitimize the important role of medical education in addressing health inequities. The next Beyond Flexner conference is planned for fall 2016 at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

AACOM Government Relations Staff Attends WGR: PACs, Politics & Grassroots Conference

AACOM GR Senior Policy Specialist Judith Mun attended the Women in Government Relations (WGR) PACs, Politics & Grassroots (PPG) Conference, which was held on Wednesday, April 9 in Washington, DC. The PPG Task Force-hosted event, “Frontline Females Make it Happen,” brought together the government relations and advocacy communities for a day of networking and learning. The conference agenda included dynamic speakers, engaging panel sessions, and interactive conversations with leaders in PACs, politics, and grassroots organizations.

AACOM President Attends National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education National Advisory Council Meeting

On April 7, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended as a member, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education National Advisory Council Meeting at the University of Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of the meeting was to engage council members in defining a new strategic plan and next steps for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Dr. Shannon serves as liaison between the National Center and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), for which he is founding member.

The national advisory council provides independent, expert advice and guidance—grounded in the broad perspectives and experiences of its members—to advance the field of interprofessional practice and education. Members of the council are strategic thought partners, collaborators, and catalysts for action.

AACOM Recruitment Attends SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference

Associate Director of Recruitment and Applications Services Gina M. Moses, MEd, attended the Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) 51st Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) in New Orleans, LA, April 1-5. There she met students from around the country, connected with leaders in medical education, and worked with representatives from the U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) that raise awareness about the unique value of osteopathic medicine among pre-meds and prospective students.

Under the theme, “Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved,” the 2015 AMEC explored the health disparities of LGBT, immigrant/refugee health, and other minority issues related to the field of medicine. The conference offered attendees the opportunity to discuss how to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students, address the needs of underserved communities, and increase the number of clinically and culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. The 2015 conference program included various presentations and discussions, and in addition, three COMs—Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) won Regional SNMA Chapter of the Year Awards—MSU-COM, PCOM, and RowanSOM—with RowanSOM winning the National SNMA Chapter of the Year Award. 

As a minority student conference and recruitment event, AMEC attracts students from all levels of medical education and is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented minority medical students at any time in any place in the country, including a slate of workshops and programs focused on the academic and clinical success of our cohort of physicians. The 2016 AMEC is planned for March 23-27 in Austin, TX. Visit the SNMA site for updates and announcements.

AACOM President Participates in NAAC Meeting

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the third meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC) in Washington DC. On April 1, attendees were welcomed by NAAC Chair Malcom Cox, MD, followed by a review of action plans developed by the council earlier in the year, from which staff members from the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) provided updates and status reports. The discussion primarily centered on the need for additional graduate medical education (GME) funding to increase the number of GME positions within the VA, in addition to improving veteran access health care in rural and underserved areas.

The VA NAAC provides a forum for joint planning and coordination between VA and the nation's health professions schools and universities. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, who was appointed by former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in 2011, represents the nation’s osteopathic medical schools and is the only osteopathic physician on the council. As a current member of the VA NAAC Advisory Committee, Dr. Shannon continues to assist the 14-member VA council in advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on matters affecting its partnerships in the academic community and American health professions education.

AACOM Government Relations Attends WGR Congressional Health Committee Legislative Conference

On Wednesday, April 1, AACOM Government Relations attended the Women in Government Relations (WGR) 2015 Congressional Health Committees Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The annual event was hosted by the WGR Health and Social Policies Task Force, which held two bipartisan panels of health policy experts who updated over 70 conference attendees on their agendas for this year. The first panel consisted of staff from the House Ways & Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the second panel included speakers from the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

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