he 95th Annual Business Meeting of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recently took place July 14-19 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel in Chicago, IL. More than 500 leaders in the osteopathic medical community, including AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and other members of AACOM's leadership, gathered to debate policy issues, elect officers, and discuss the future of the osteopathic profession. Several board and council meetings were held throughout the meeting, as well as special ceremonies, presentations, award ceremonies, and other program events including:
- AOA House of Delegates (HOD) meetings, reports, and resolutions
- Reference Committees meetings
- AOA Presidential Reception
- Osteopathic Political Action Committee (OPAC) Board Meeting
- A.T. Still Foundation and Research Institute session
- Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Executive Board Meeting
AOA Board of Trustees Meeting
The AOA Board of Trustees (BOT) convened in open session on Tuesday, July 14 with an agenda that included AOA public policy and research updates and an Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) update, among other topics during the initial assembly. The next day, a number of reports were presented to the AOA BOT by various organizations including an AACOM report presented Dr. Shannon, followed by a COSGP presentation. Thursday’s meeting concluded with a series of reports of the BOT’s Reference Committees, which continued throughout the remainder of the general business meeting.
AOA House of Delegates
The 95th Annual AOA House of Delegates Meeting was held in conjunction with the annual AOA meeting from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19. On Friday, the annual meeting began with a series of noteworthy presentations including an opening address by AOA Executive Director and CEO Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, who detailed the year’s achievements and praised the profession’s resilience and progress toward ambitious goals. Also that morning, AOA Immediate Past President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, addressed the AOA HOD in “What a difference a year makes,” reflecting on a period of transformative change for the osteopathic medical profession.
Single GME Accreditation System
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, also provided an update on the transition to the single GME accreditation system (SAS) on Friday. Following Dr. Nasca, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) and AOA President-Elect Boyd Buser, DO, delivered an update on the state of osteopathic GME (OGME) and provided additional details on the transition. Both presentations are now available on AOA’s website.
Awards, Nominations, and Resolutions
On Saturday, the HOD Meeting continued with an agenda that entailed reports of the AOA HOD Reference Committees, including that of the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, jointly delivered by Committee Chair Linda Delo, DO, and AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO.
That morning, AOA Past President Peter B. Ajluni, DO, delivered this year’s A.T. Still Memorial Lecture, followed by the annual A.T. Still and Awards Luncheon. During his presentation, entitled "We are the visionaries now," Dr. Ajluni described a vision for the future that raises the profile of osteopathic medicine among consumers, policymakers and health care leaders. That afternoon the inauguration of the 2015-16 AOA President John W. Becher, DO, took place, proceeded by the 2015 AOA Presidential Reception honoring Dr. Becher that evening.
The final day of the 2015 AOA Annual Business Meeting began with AOA BOT and officers, and HOD elections, including AOA President-Elect Boyd Buser, DO, as well as reports from the Committee on Resolutions. The HOD adopted new health care policy, including:
- House call for increased mental health resources for students and DOs
- Delegates support ending ban on sperm donation by gay men
- House supports expanding laws to protect physicians against violence
- New AOA policy calls for responsible antibiotic stewardship
The annual meeting concluded following the new 2015-16 Board meetings.