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AACOM’s Fourth Annual Council Leadership Meeting

AACOM recently hosted its fourth annual Council Leadership Meeting under the leadership of AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, at the Chevy Chase headquarters on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. With the goal of facilitating inter-council collaboration, discussing the status of AACOM’s key strategic planning, and looking at the future role of the Association, AACOM council chairs, staff liaisons, and invited presenters gathered for two days of guided discussion.

AACOM Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) Fine-Tunes Title

AACOM’s formerly-known Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO) Executive Committee recently voted in favor of the official changing of the Council name to Council on Student Affairs (CSA). Effective as of November 17, 2015, the renaming occurred upon approval of submitted bylaws changes.

AACOM’s new Director of Application Services, Recruitment, and Student Affairs Stephanie Wurth is now the AACOM staff liaison for both CSA and the Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO), replacing former COMAO and CSA liaison AACOM Vice President for Research and Assistant to the President Tom Levitan, MEd.

For more details or contact information for the CSA Council on Student Affairs web page, or visit the AACOM Councils and Groups web page.

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) Meeting Recap

AACOM’s Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chairperson Steven Jorden, MA, Director of Student Financial Services at A.T. Still University -Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), convened a conference call meeting on January 11, 2016. Members approved minutes from the Council’s November 2015 conference call meeting, and received a legislative update about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) from AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender. Ms. Murphy and Ms. Bender also provided an update on the forthcoming AACOM HEA national advocacy campaign and updated the Council on the 2016 CSFAA annual in-person meeting. Council members discussed various other topics, including the 2016 AACOM-Sponsored CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students and Graduates.

The 2015 Health Policy Fellowship (HPF) Seminar

AACOM hosted the 2015 Health Policy Fellowship (HPF) Seminar December 3-4 at its headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD, followed by a breakfast and debriefing session on December 5. Fellows flew in from across the country to participate in the seminar, which featured interactive dialogue with prominent health policy makers and experts on the various roles in federal health policy, including with those from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institutes (PCORI), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC HIT).

The seminar opened on Thursday, December 3 with welcoming remarks from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH. The day’s programming started with a presentation on the role of the federal government in shaping the health care workforce from Edward Salsberg, MPA, Director of Health Workforce Studies at The George Washington University Institute for Health Workforce Research and Policy, followed by a legislative update from American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Ray Quintero. AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, also delivered a legislative update. Throughout the seminar, Fellows heard presentations from numerous federal officials, including:

  • Robert McNellis, MPH, PA, Senior Advisor for Primary Care, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ
  • Thomas A. Mason, MD, Chief Medical Officer, ONC HIT
  • Robert L. Jesse, MD, PhD, Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration, VA
  • Candice Chen, MD, MPH, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, HRSA
  • James Cosgrove, PhD, Director, Health Care, GAO
  • Greg Martin, Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement, PCORI

AACOM hosted additional speakers to engage the Fellows, including David Moore, Senior Director of Government Relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges; and Abigail Pinkele, Deputy Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers. In addition, AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender, presented on the role of coalitions in federal health policy.

The Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the profession and in health policy. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) coordinate this certificate program in health policy through a collaboration of AACOM and its member colleges, and the AOA.

Fourteenth Annual Class of Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellows Seminar

AACOM welcomed the 2015-16 Class of Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellows during the seminar hosted annually by the government relations departments of AACOM and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) from December 9-11. The 14th Annual Class of TIPS Fellows met with AACOM and the AOA for a three-day intensive seminar at the AOA Government Relations office in downtown Washington, DC.

The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Program was created to provide a year-long experience for osteopathic physicians in training—DO residents and fellows—to become familiar with health care issues as they relate to federal and state policies, and to equip them with the skills necessary to meaningfully participate in policy discussions and committee work. Graduates of the program join a cadre of health policy experts that may seek to serve on committees and task forces at the federal and state levels, testify on issues relevant to osteopathic medicine and medical education, and develop policy positions.

The program is offered by the NYITCOM in collaboration with osteopathic medical colleges and the governmental relations offices of AACOM and the AOA.

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January 2016
Vol. 10, No. 1