The 25th Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference (OME XXV) was held January 8-10 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA. The conference is an annual joint meeting of the AOA and AACOM, and is designed to serve as a forum for educators and leaders in osteopathic medical education to exchange information, innovative ideas, and progressive tools within the every-changing OME landscape.
Under the theme “The Future is Now: Bridging a Course for the Road Ahead,” the conference brought together college deans, hospital and college administrators, directors, and administrative directors of medical education, residency programs 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.
Lorenzo L. Pence, DO, and Gregory H. Smith, DO, served as conference co-chairs for the OME XXV. The conference is also part of the cluster concept and is held in conjunction with the CME Sponsors Conference.
Event highlights included an opening session featuring AOA President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, and AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, as well as an honorary keynote address in memory of Mitchell Kasovac, DO. AACOM’s Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education, Tyler C. Cymet, DO, served on the planning committee board for this year’s meeting, and as well as the conference panel for the single accreditation open forum Q&A session.
Many members of AACOM’s staff leadership attended the conference along with nearly 400 other OME leaders, and AACOM’s Vice President of Government Relations, Pamela Murphy, presented a legislative update for the association. 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.
For more detailed information on OME XXV and upcoming events, visit the OME Conference webpage.