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AACOM President Attends IOM Social Determinants of Health Meeting

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the Open Session of Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health: A Consensus Study meeting on September 15 in Washington, DC.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education selected educating health professionals to address the social determinants of health as a topic to be addressed in this fast-track study. The activity is run through the Board on Global Health. The recommendations of the study will inform the work of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. 

AACOM President Provides Keynote at RowanSOM Annual Faculty Meeting

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) welcomed its full-time, part-time, and volunteer faculty at the Annual General Faculty Meeting on September 17. The meeting provides faculty with a chance to meet new members and to hear updates from a number of standing faculty committees, including curriculum, admissions, faculty affairs, research and student academic progress. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, delivered the keynote address, "Osteopathic Medicine: A Look Forward."

AACOM Government Relations Attends WGR Reception

AACOM Government Relations staff—Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and Government Relations Manager Judith Mun, MPA—attended the Women in Government Relations (WGR) reception, Homecoming! Welcome Back to Congress Reception for Congressional Staff, on September 30 in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together Members of Congress, congressional staff and the government relations community to honor leaders who embody the vision of WGR—to advance and empower women in the government relations field.

AACOM Medical Education Attends CAB V

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the Collaborating Across Borders V (CAB V) conference along with AACOM’s Medical Education Department, in Roanoke, VA, from September 29 to October 1.

AACOM President Attends NRMP Inaugural Conference

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) hosted its inaugural conference, Transition to Residency: Conversations across the Medical Education Continuum, from October 1-3. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the new NRMP meeting in New Orleans, LA , where program directors, teaching hospital administrators, and medical school officials from across the nation came together to discuss ways to improve the educational and training experiences of young physicians.

The meeting offered the opportunity to hear nationally-recognized thought leaders lend their expertise and insights to the conversation, and participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics specific to the transition process. The meeting also features a Town Hall-style forum where attendees and NRMP leadership discussed ways in which NRMP can enhance the services and resources provided to constituents. NRMP leadership highlighted current initiatives, answered constituent questions, and fielded suggestions for future projects.

On Saturday, October 3, John Gimpel, DO, MEd, provided an osteopathic perspective for attendees in his presentation entitled, “Evaluation of Osteopathic (DO) Applicants for Residency Programs: Better Understanding of the Role of COMLEX-USA in Predicting Success of Applicants in Residency Programs.”

The meeting also generated discussion about the medical education continuum, and explored the following themes: 

  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Residency Selection and Interview
  • The Unmatched Applicant
  • Readiness for Residency
  • Real-World Medicine and Beyond

AACOM President Attends NIIOH Symposium on Oral Health in Primary Care

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) Symposium on Oral Health in Primary Care from October 4-7 in Sausalito, CA. The annual symposium allows the gathering of a diverse group of interprofessionals from disciplines including medicine, dentistry, nursing, and physician assistants, among others. Participants are committed to the goal of advancing the oral health in primary care education and practice movement, and ensuring that all health professions consider themselves oral health providers.

To this end, The NIIOH invests in and collaborates with partners and attendees to advance:

  • Development of common oral health curriculum and resources
  • Development of a network of oral health champions who work to integrate oral health into professional education programs of their professions and their educational institutions
  • Efforts to broaden the systems that impact health professional education and practice to incorporate oral health including: academic program accreditation, professional licensing, provider reimbursement, continuing education, and oral health content as a vehicle for teaching interprofessional competencies

AACOM President Attends NAOF Meeting

At a recent meeting of the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations at the Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU) Downers Grove, IL campus, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, provided an AACOM perspective on development in osteopathic medical education (OME) and the importance of philanthropic organizations to the future of OME.

The NAOF organizes and maintains a group of osteopathic foundations represented by executive staff professionals who offer resources for promotion and/or funding of osteopathic programs in seeking to provide a better understanding of osteopathic medicine and to serve the health care needs of the general public.

AACOM Fall Recruitment Series

AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment an Application Services Gina M. Moses, MEd, has been traveling across the country to visit various undergraduate college campuses, delivering AACOMAS presentations along with current medical school students.

The Los Angeles Multi-COM Recruiting Event at UCLA attracted more than 70 attendees, generating informative conversations, engaging questions, and valuable networking experiences that will get students off to a strong start as they take the first steps toward becoming DOs of the future.

Pepperdine University hosted AACOM in beautiful Malibu, CA, as part of the LA Multi-COM Recruitment Event. Attracting more than 80 attendees, this was a great way for individuals to learn about COMs and their programs, meet current medical students and engage admission officers to get the inside scoop on how to succeed in medical school. Ms. Moses also shared a presentation and answered questions about the 2016 AACOMAS application before an audience of 70+ attendees who went to the University of Southern California (USC) for its LA Multi-COM Event.

The 13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference attracted several thousand students, who engaged admission officers from osteopathic medical schools, as well as current DO students. The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Pre-SOMA Chapter leaders met Ms. Moses at their recruitment event where over 80 premedical students attended the networking and informational event where students met with many admissions officers.

On October 15, hundreds of premeds came out to the San Diego State University (SDSU) Graduate & Professional School Fair on the North Love Library Terrace to discuss and explore their future options with AACOM and the 124 schools that were in attendance.

Pre-med students, Ms. Moses, and osteopathic medical school admission officers from all over the country converged on the University of San Diego (USD) to join the San Diego Multi-COM Recruiting Event for an incredible day of learning and networking. A special AACOMAS presentation—along with opportunities to access some of the latest info about colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs)—empowered future students with the tools for success in medical school and beyond.

AACOM and many of the COMs continued their campus visits at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), during which AACOM Recruitment met with hundreds of interested premedical students along Library Walk, and also participated in the workshop held in the career center after the fair. 

Please visit our AACOMAS Facebook page for all up-to-the-minute event news, and view photos of AACOM recruitment events across the nation

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10