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AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Serves as “Doc of the Day”

AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, recently served as “Doc of the Day” on January 22. Dr. Cymet was granted the opportunity to be physician-of-the-day for the Maryland State House General Assembly, and interact with elected officials right on the legislative chamber floors.

Dr. Cymet was selected for this service through the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi), which he presides over as President, in support of both its medical and legislative efforts. MedChi is a non-profit organization whose goal is to serve as Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, patients, and the public health.

Research and Recruitment Represents AACOM at NAAHP Meeting

Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, and Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment Gina M. Moses, MEd, recently represented AACOM at the 2015 National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Annual Board and Advisory Council Meeting.

The event took place on January 23 in Alexandria, VA where Mr. Levitan attended and participated in the board meeting as AACOM’s representative and member of the NAAHP Advisory Council, along with representatives of various health professions and organizations. Ms. Moses led recruitment sessions at the meeting’s recruitment fair. She will also be presenting at NAAHP’s upcoming regional meetings, and spearheading the 2016 NAAHP National Conference recruitment event in Minneapolis, MI.

As a council member, Mr. Levitan collaborated with other health professionals in working to meet the objectives of the NAAHP and the Advisory Council’s efforts to:

  • Facilitate awareness relevant to osteopathic medicine and OME—Levitan, speaking on behalf of AACOM and communicating current activities in the osteopathic medical profession
  • Discuss strategies to achieve the organizational goal for improving diversity within health professions
  • Contribute to and support collaboration among advisory members in evaluating and identifying new ways to implement and enhance interprofessional collaboration

The NAAHP Advisory Council consists of representatives of the health professions education associations that provide input for NAAHP’s strategic planning and programs that empower academic advisors to promote the health professions and recruit qualified applicants.

For more information about the NAAHP and upcoming meetings, visit the NAAHP National Meeting webpage.

AACOM Leadership Attends CHEA 2015 Annual Conference

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan and Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortenson, PhD, recently attended the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation (CHEA) 2015 Annual Conference & CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) Annual Meeting.

Cheryl D. Lovell, PhD, President and CEO of Rocky Vista University (RVU), was also in attendance to support the advancement and promotion of higher education and accreditation, relevant to osteopathic medical education (OME). Under the theme Change, Challenge and Accreditation, the conference addressed the progress and challenges in accreditation, innovation and implications for student learning, and the future of higher education.

Led by Dorothy Leland, Chancellor, University of California, Merced and Chair, CHEA Board of Directors and Judith Eaton, CHEA President, the Council and conference attendees convened at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on January 26-28. The conference program included the 2015 CHEA Award Presentation, plenary sessions, and presentations addressing a variety of topics and issues such as:

  • Accreditation, Competency-Based Education and Direct Assessment
  • The Future of the For-Profit Higher Education Sector
  • The College Rating System and Accreditation (both nationally and internationally)
  • The Role of International Rankings
  • Presentations by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Chair, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training; Jamienne Studley, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and more.

The CHEA 2015 Annual Conference was held in conjunction with the Third Annual CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) Meeting, which incorporated a distinct CIQG Annual Meeting Program, delivered January 28-29.

For details regarding upcoming CHEA meetings, visit the official CHEA website.

AACOM Chief of Clinical Education Attends NSU-COM Celebration of Excellence

AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education, Tyler Cymet, DO, attended the 17th Annual Celebration of Excellence (COE) on Saturday, January 31 at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NSU-COM) main campus. The signature black tie event provides NSU-COM with an opportunity to showcase and share the COM’s achievements with the community and discuss the future vision of the university.

At the annual event, NSU-COM presented the 2015 President's Excellence in Community Service Award—which recognizes superior professional engagement activities in the community—to Judy and Barry Silverman. The award encourages the ongoing pursuit of community service, and recognize the personal dedication by its constituents—alumni, community leaders, faculty, staff and students.

AACOM President and CEO Delivers Testimony at ACGME Board Meeting

On February 6-9, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors held a historic meeting, seating the ACGME-appointed AACOM and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) representatives for the first time. As an official ACGME member organization, AACOM was represented by President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.

During the four-day assembly, the ACGME Committee on Requirements (CoR) met to discuss the Osteopathic Recognition Requirements, developed by the Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC), and the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) Requirements, developed by the ONMM Review Committee.

On Friday, February 6, Dr. Shannon provided testimony for the proposed Osteopathic Recognition Requirements to the ACGME CoR. AOA President, Robert Juhasz, DO, also provided testimony on these requirements.

On Monday, February 9, the ACGME Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt both the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition Requirements and the ONMM Requirements. The essence of osteopathic graduate medical education is now codified into ACGME program requirements. AOA and AACOM nominees to the ACGME Board have assumed their role as full participants in the governance of ACGME. Together, these developments mark the completion of a significant phase in the implementation of the single Graduate Medical Education (GME) accreditation system.

The leadership of all three organizations, AACOM, ACGME, and the AOA, believe that this approach to GME accreditation not only streamlines but also strengthens the postdoctoral education process.

For further updates and notifications about the unified transition, visit AACOM’s single GME web page.

AACOM President and CEO Attends 2015 Winter IPEC Retreat

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, recently attended the 2015 Winter Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Retreat on February 12 in Washington, D.C.

As the IPEC Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Dr. Shannon represented AACOM and the osteopathic medical education community in collaborating with fellow Board members from other health professions.

Registration is underway for the Spring 2015 IPEC faculty development institute[ct1] , Building Interprofessional Education for Population Health, which will be held April 29-May 1 in Herndon, VA.

For more information about IPEC and upcoming institutes, visit AACOM’s Interprofessional Education Collaborative web page.

AACOM Government Relations Attends the 2015 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference

On February 9-10, AACOM Government Relations attended the AcademyHealth’s 2015 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) in Washington, DC. The 15th annual conference provided a forum to discuss and deliberate on current health care issues and policy priorities, including expert analysis from health policy insiders as well as an in-depth perspective on the nation’s health policy agenda.  AACOM is a member of AcademyHealth.

The conference opened with a welcome from AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa S. Simpson, MB, MPH, PhD, followed by two days of presentations from several leaders and stakeholders in the health policy arena, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 

Furthermore, sessions included  a discussion regarding new approaches to graduate medical education, which included the following panelists: John Iglehart, Health Affairs; Atul Grover, Association of American Medical Colleges; Fitzhugh Mullan, George Washington University; Edward Salsberg, George Washington University; and Pamela Sutton Wallace and Susan Kirk, University of Virginia. 

AACOM Government Relations Attends CHF Open House on Capitol Hill

On February 5, AACOM Government Relations staff attended the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) Open House on Capitol Hill, which featured as a speaker House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK).  AACOM, a member of CHF, participated in this event. 

Established in 1970, the CHF is the oldest and largest non-profit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments in the best interest of all Americans. Its member organizations together represent more than 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, and scientists.

AACOM Recruitment Efforts Continue

AACOM Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment Gina M. Moses, MEd, leads AACOM’s recruitment efforts and continues coordinating Multi-COM and other recruitment events at campuses across the United States, representing AACOM and osteopathic medical education (OME).

Recently, Ms. Moses travelled to the northeast, on behalf of AACOM, where she led Multi-COM recruitment events. The events featured representatives from multiple colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and presentations led by Ms. Moses. Pre-health advisors at Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Brown University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago each hosted one of the recruitment events at their respective schools.

As an attendee of the Multi-COM events, the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM), recognized Ms. Moses’ efforts and success in bringing valuable national visibility to AACOM’s member colleges. NYIT-COM Director of Admissions commended Ms. Moses saying, “NYITCOM has always maintained a successful recruitment program in the Northeast. As we move to further increase our national visibility, we will continue to collaborate with the recruitment efforts of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Next, Ms. Moses will be traveling to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) to participate in the Spring 2015 Pre-SOMA Conference on February 28.

For more information on the Multi-COM and other upcoming recruitment events, visit AACOM’s osteopathic medical college recruiting events page and check out AACOMAS on Facebook.

AACOM Government Relations Presents Legislative and Advocacy Presentation to UP-KYCOM Students

On January 23, 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 the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) students. The presentation included an overview of the current federal political landscape, AACOM’s policy priorities, and advocacy tips and resources for students to enhance activism efforts.  For more information on AACOM’s government relations activities, visit AACOM’s advocacy pages.

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February 2015
Vol. 9, No. 2