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Joint Education Committee Holds Final Meeting as SAS Begins

The Join Education Committee held its last meeting as a committee on July 7 in Chicago, IL. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended and participated in this final collective meeting of AACOM, ACGME, and the AOA. Despite the discontinuation of the official committee meetings, educational activities will continue within and across all three organizations as the transition to a single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system continues. The Joint Education Committee was moved to “ad hoc” status as the single accreditation system (SAS) begins July 1, 2015.  

GWU Summer Institute on Spirituality and Health

AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, attended the George Washington University (GWU) Summer Institute on Spirituality and Health with other members of AACOM staff July 8-12 in Washington, DC. The focus of the spirituality and health institute was of particular interest to Dr. Mortensen as it aligns with the planned resilience theme of the 2016 AACOM Annual Conference. The keynote speakers for the GWU event allowed Dr. Mortensen and fellow AACOM staff to learn and get ideas about the mind, body, and spirit aspects central to this Summer Institute and to AACOM’s 2016 Annual Conference theme. 

AACOM Recruitment Participates in Annual NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair

On Wednesday, July 15, AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Application Services Gina Moses, MEd, attended the 2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate and Professional School Fair. The 9th annual event, held on the Bethesda campus of the NIH, provided the opportunity for students to prepare for the next step in their future careers by exploring educational programs that lead to graduate and professional degrees. The day also included workshops on the process of getting to graduate and professional school, MD/PhD programs, interviewing, and careers in the health professions, during which Ms. Moses delivered a presentation about applying to medical school. 

AACOM Collaborates on Interprofessional Professionalism

AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, attended the Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC) meeting July 16-17 in Washington, DC. In preparation for the upcoming Collaborating Across Borders (CAB-V) Conference, Dr. Mortensen collaborated with other health professionals for continued development of the interprofessional professionalism toolkit. 

AACOM Government Relations Manager Attends NASFAA National Conference

AACOM Government Relations Manager Judith Mun, MPA, recently attended the 2015 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) National Conference where nearly 2,500 financial aid professionals convened in New Orleans, LA for networking and professional development. Held from July 19-21, the conference sessions included federal legislative and regulatory updates, and topics like inclusion of Title IV federal financial aid programs and Title VII & Title VIII student loan and scholarship programs; examination of trends and solutions in administrative burden; the student debt crisis; and the future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. 

Government Relations Attends Atlantic Alzheimer’s Forum

On Tuesday, July 21, AACOM GR staff attended "Alzheimer’s: The Cost of Caring," a forum hosted by The Atlantic. With opening remarks by Margaret Low Smith, President of AtlanticLIVE, the forum brought together key congressional figures, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), as well as personal caregivers and leaders in the fields of Alzheimer’s and dementia, to examine the social, financial and scientific challenge that treating—and ultimately curing—Alzheimer's disease poses to the American society; a disease that affects one third of American seniors and has resulted in $226 billion in medical spending in 2015 alone.

Visit The Atlantic website to learn more about the forum. 

AACOM Hosts Recruitment Events at California Colleges

AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Application Services Gina Moses, MEd, traveled to the west coast from July 20-24 to represent AACOM at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) campuses. On July 21 Ms. Moses delivered a presentation and workshop at UCLA’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). On July 23 Ms. Moses held an AACOM event at UC Davis as part of the Summer 2015 Pre-Medical Bootcamp Program, hosted by Joanne Snapp, Director of Health Professions Advising at UC Davis. 
 
The AACOM-hosted event was a great success, providing the opportunity for pre-meds to talk with current medical students about navigating the path to medical school. The medical students also discussed their osteopathic medical education (OME) and training with about 40 pre-meds, gave osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) demos, and provided valuable tips for applying to medical school. Pre-meds met with four Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA) students and an Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) student, who are both alumni of UC Davis. There was also a “Dine with DOs” lunch.

AACOM GR Staff Attends National Journal Forum 

On Tuesday, July 28, AACOM GR staff attended a policy forum in Washington, DC, hosted by the National Journal entitled "The Future of Medicare." As a kickoff to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Medicare, the forum convened the nation's key opinion leaders for a robust discussion about the future of Medicare. Johanna Derlega, Senior Vice President of National Journal, and Allyson Y. Schwartz, former Member of Congress and current President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, made opening remarks and introduced forum moderator Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow at Kaiser Health News. The slate of distinguished guests interviewed by Ms. Rovner included Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and ended with an open dialogue between five panelists encompassing the realms of health policy, Medicare, and medicine on how to provide the country's aging population affordable, quality care while ensuring the financial sustainability of the Medicare program for future generations.

Visit the the National Journal website to view the webcast. 

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July/August 2015
Vol. 9, No. 7/8