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AACOM VP for Research Participates in 11th Annual AAMC Workforce Research Conference

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, attended and participated in the 11th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 in Alexandria, VA. Under this year’s theme, “Transforming the Health Workforce: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly,” the event featured a thought-provoking keynote speech from Alan Weil, Editor-In-Chief of Health Affairs, who spoke about the most pressing issues for the health workforce in 2015. The annual event also included three plenary sessions on innovations in the health care workforce, as well as 12 breakout sessions featuring quantitative and qualitative research topics organized into four tracks—policy, care transformation, education, and modeling and data—and focusing on the workforce implications of various issues. The AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference provides the opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues.

AACOM Leadership Attends MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2015

As a member of the MedBiquitous Consortium, AACOM participated in the MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2015 on May 18 and 19. Held at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, the Association was represented by AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke H. Mortenson, PhD, FAHA, and AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, at the annual conference under the 2015 theme of education analytics.

The MedBiquitous Annual Conference provides the opportunity for health professionals to network with colleagues and to learn from international leaders. The event focused on learning technologies and technology standards to promote better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. The 2015 conference agenda featured case studies as well as demonstrations of innovative technologies, workshops, panel sessions, and world class keynote presenters. For more information visit the MedBiquitous website.

AACOM VP for Research Attends AIR Annual Forum

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, participated in the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)’s annual conference: the AIR Forum from May 25 to 27 in Denver, CO. This year’s conference included more than 450 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education, and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision making. For AIR members, the Forum presents a unique opportunity for networking with peers, sharing best practices, and learning from practical workshops and plenary sessions led by the field's leading experts. With a conference schedule of over 350 sessions and 600 presenters, the 2015 Forum included content for higher education professionals who use data for decisions, interactive pre- and post-conference workshops, opening day “Engage!” sessions, and special meetings for health professions education. 

AACOM Research and Recruitment Attends SAAHP Biannual Meeting

AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd, and AACOM Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment Gina M. Moses, MEd, recently attended the Southeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (SAAHP) 12th Biannual Meeting from May 26 to May 29 in New Orleans, LA. Under the theme, “Health Professionals Advising Lagniappe: A Little Something Extra for You and Your Students,” this year’s meeting featured a program with 25 concurrent educational sessions and seven plenary sessions, covering a variety of topics from all areas of the health professions. During the annual meeting, Ms. Moses delivered a presentation about “Making the Most of ‘Meet the Deans’.” She also spoke during the plenary session entitled, “What’s in a Name? Messaging Techniques for Pre-Health Advisors,” which incorporated professional media training, guidance, tips, and coaching, along with interactive group practice on how to effectively communicate and respond to local campus media and regional/national journalist questions. 

AACOM Government Relations Attends National Journal Event

On Tuesday, June 9, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender attended an event hosted by the National Journal in Washington, DC, entitled, “The Next America Taking Stock: 50 Years of the Higher Education Act”. This forum of key stakeholders and experts discussed the progress made in fulfilling the goals of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and what reforms and innovation are needed. 
FMI: http://www.nationaljournal.com/events/the-next-america-taking-stock-50-years-of-the-higher-education-act-20150609

AACOM Sponsors CHF Anniversary Congressional Reception

On Wednesday, June 10, AACOM government relations and communications staff attended the Coalition for Health Funding’s (CHF) 45th Anniversary Reception on Capitol Hill. To commemorate this milestone, members of the health community came together to celebrate 45 years of public health funding achievements. AACOM was a sponsor of the event.

Established in 1970, the CHF is the oldest and largest non-profit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments for all Americans. AACOM is a member of the coalition, which, together with its other affiliate organizations, represents more than 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, and scientists.

AACOM President Travels Abroad for XII International Congress

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the XII International Congress “Osteopathy Open 2015: Current Problems of Osteopathy” this month in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 11-14. Hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (of the Russian Osteopathic Organization), the scientific program of the conference included a presentation by Dr. Shannon about “Osteopathic Medical Education in the United States—Past, Present, and Future,” as well as various other plenary sessions, discussions, and workshops.

The XII International Congress scientific program included a conference on June 11 entitled, “Procedural and Institutional Aspects of Education in Osteopathy and Osteopathic Healthcare,” as well as proceedings of the professional commission in osteopathy of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. On June 12, the scientific program symposium was held, “Osteopathy and Child Health,” which involved scientific and practical seminars held by the leading osteopathic physicians from Russia, the United States, Europe, and Canada. The Congress is dedicated to a number of current problems of modern osteopathy and aims to coordinate scientific research in osteopathic medicine in Russia and abroad.

AACOM Staff Attends 2015 NEAAHP Meeting

The Northeast Association of Advisors for Health Professions (NEAAHP) 2015 Regional Meeting was held June 11-14 under the theme, “Join the Community. Explore the Wilderness. Pioneering Together.” AACOM staff, including AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Thomas Levitan, MEd; Associate Director of Application Services and Recruitment Gina M. Moses, MEd; and Chief Operating Officer John E. Roane, attended and participated in this year’s conference in Albany, NY.

On Thursday, June 11 AACOM hosted a ‘Meet and Greet’ which provided conference attendees with the opportunity to informally meet, discuss, and ask any questions about the new 2016 AACOMAS application with AACOM leadership staff and Liaison International representatives. AACOM also participated in this year’s NEAAHP Student Recruitment Fair, led by Ms. Moses on Saturday, June 13. The event provided prospective students with opportunity to meet with deans and directors from over 65 health professions schools, and included two workshops: “Planning, Continuing, or Reflecting on your College Career with your Best Application in Mind,” and “Making the Most of Meet the Deans/Directors.” On Sunday, June 14, AACOM also provided a Professional Spotlight Session. The NEAAHP seeks to advance undergraduate advising for the health professions and serve as a resource for advisors who guide students preparing for a career in the health professions. 

AACOM President Attends ACGME Operations Committee and Board Meetings  

On May 20, representatives from AACOM, including President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, participated in a meeting of the Single Accreditation Operations Committee, which also includes representatives and leadership from AACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The recurring meeting was held in Chicago, IL, with the purpose of continuing work on integrating the new single accreditation system in U.S. GME. Dr. Shannon also attended, as a member, the ACGME Board Meeting on June 13 and 14 in Chicago, IL. 

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June 2015
Vol. 9, No. 6