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Vol. 2, No. 2
Feb.  2008

AACOM News on Osteopathic Medical Education American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
In this Edition:
  1. From the President 
  2. Enrollment Growth in the Nation's COMs
  3. Government Relations Update
  4. Campus Roundup
  5. Annual Meeting Update 
  6. KCUMB-COM, DMU-COM, and ATSU-KCOM to Host Pre-Conference Workshop for Student Affairs Professionals and Advisors
  7. AACOM Now Accepting Applications for 2008 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarships 
  8. Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Joins AACOM Headquarters   
  1. AACOM Council Updates and News
  2. Registration Opens for International Research Sumposium 
  3. American Osteopathic Foundation Announces Grant, Scholarship and Awards Opportunities 
  4. AHEC Issues Call for Articles
  5. Josephine Briggs, MD, Named Director of NCCAM; Boyd W. Bowden II, DO, Appointed to NCCAM Advisory Council
  6. AACOM Sponsored Discount Programs Reminder 
 
 
 

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From the President
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

What Does the Future Hold?

How many of you, looking back 20 years, would have predicted that your life would be what it is today?  How many of you foresaw the world we would be living in, the long-term impact of small (and large) decisions, the changing socio-politico-economic environment, the impact of technology, and on and on?

Many challenges that confront us can be put into this context of continual flux. Change, more or less rapid, has become an accepted (and expected) part of our personal and professional lives.

Our health care system and osteopathic medicine’s place within that system offer dramatic illustrations of just how much has changed over the past 20 years. Twenty years ago, much of the health care system was "segregated" when it came to osteopathic and allopathic medicine. Not only was our medical education system largely separate on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but our hospitals and practice systems also were unconnected. Of course, this is somewhat of an over-generalization, as there have been places where osteopathic medicine and allopathic medicine were closely integrated–in the military, public health service, and in some regions of the United States. However, in general, this was the experience of many osteopathic physicians and physicians-in-training.

Now we operate in a health care world where the separate osteopathic hospital system has largely disappeared. There are fewer and fewer solo osteopathic practitioners, and mixed-staff hospitals and associated ‘integrated’ osteopathic-allopathic specialty practices have become more the norm than ever before. Many of these changes were driven by the economic and regulatory changes and corporate restructuring that led to hospital system mergers, the for-profit hospital movement, consolidation of health insurance organizations, and the much greater influence of third-party payers and large employers in directing the organization of and payment for health care services. These market and regulatory forces have challenged osteopathic medicine’s ability to maintain distinctive practice systems. However, the osteopathic profession has continued its traditional fight for parity throughout these years, and that effort has largely succeeded.  

Similar changes and challenges have affected osteopathic medical education. Osteopathic medical schools more and more are involved in the health care planning and policy formation of the states and regions in which they reside. They have become an increasingly important part of the physician workforce solutions for areas experiencing and anticipating physician access problems. Research infrastructures within the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) have grown, and the clinical systems in which our students train have changed. More and more of our students receive their clinical experiences within the mixed-staff hospitals and specialty practices that have come to mark the health care system in general.

In addition  primary care, the traditional emphasis of osteopathic medical education and physician practice, has been challenged by a variety of forces complicating the delivery of health care and driving down the reimbursement of primary care physicians. Fewer and fewer primary care physicians practice in-hospital care, and our students are increasingly choosing other directions for their graduate medical training. Where these trends will lead remains a big question for all of us.

However, one thing is clear: Osteopathic medical education must pay close attention to the changes confronting us and attempt to determine which of them will most affect us in the future. Our graduates need the critical thinking skills required to appraise new trends and knowledge, and to implement those innovations that will enhance their patients’ health. Our schools are paying heed to these issues. Many of them are engaged in groundbreaking curricular innovations and implementing competency-based training and assessment mechanisms that enhance critical thinking and lifelong learning.

I frequently hear the comment that because we are a small profession, we should be able to adapt and move more quickly than those in larger and more bureaucratic and hierarchical environments. I believe this is true, and as we look to enhance, reform and reinvent osteopathic medical education for the future, we should keep in mind that we should be providing leadership for others to follow.

 
 
 
 

Enrollment Growth in the Nation's COMs 

Over the last 40 years, total enrollment in the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine has increased more than eightfold, from 1,879 in academic year 1968-69 to 15,586 in academic year 2007-08.  Over the same time period, first-year enrollment has increased from 521 to 4,408.1 The number of osteopathic college graduates increased from 427 in 1969 to a projected 3,100 in 2007 (final data for 2007 graduates have not yet been received by AACOM), a rate of increase similar to that of enrollment. (With three new colleges accepting their first classes in 2007, there will be a four-year lag before the rate of increase in graduates catches up with the rate of increase in enrollment.)  

Total Enrollment and Number of Colleges

First-Year Enrollment

[1] Historical first-year enrollment reported here is actual enrollment in first-year classes and may include students who are on extended programs or repeating academic years for various reasons.  These first-year enrollment figures may also include a variation of up to 8 percent over the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)-approved class sizes, as allowed by accreditation standards. Enrollment projections are based on COCA-approved class sizes and do not include these variations.

 
 
 
US Capitol

Government Relations Update

If You Liked 2007….
The Second Session of the 110th Congress, which began in mid-January, is shaping up to be a repeat of the First Session. That is to say, there will be a lot of bluster, much cantankerous debate, and little real accomplishment. And, the topics will be much the same.

On February 4, the President sent a barebones FY09 budget to Capitol Hill. Flat funding, program reductions and outright eliminations are the highlights in the areas of importance to AACOM members. Both the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services are the victims of an administration that has prioritized war-related spending over education-related funding.

For example, the President's budget zeroes out all funding for the Title VII Health Professions programs, supplies no increase over current-year funding for NIH research in spite of biomedical research inflation of nearly 4.0 percent per year, and cuts nearly 90 percent of the $100 million plus currently available for rural health programs. These and other reductions recommended in the budget will create a year-long battle in which AACOM will actively participate. To view details on some of the numbers for the major Health and Human Services programs, including some that relate to health education, click the links below:

See a full analysis of the President’s budget proposal, prepared by AACOM’s government relations consultants, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC.

While the appropriators are going through the “same old same-old,” the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees are revisiting the issue of Medicare physician reimbursement. Having only patched the anomaly in the reimbursement formula through June 30 that would result in a major reduction in payments, both committees are now working hard to solve the issue at least through the end of 2009, if not permanently.

Congress also must complete work on the Higher Education Act reauthorization legislation. Committee leaders indicate that they intend to address the lack of authorization for Title VII Health Professions programs and for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

With all this on the agenda, along with an election that involves the presidency, every seat in the House and one-third of the Senate, the result may well be a formula for putting off until next year many of the key issues impacting AACOM members.

MedPAC January 2008 Meeting
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met for its first meeting of 2008 on January 10 – 11. By unanimous vote, the commissioners reiterated their recommendation to reduce the Indirect Medical Education (IME) add-on payment by 1 percentage point to 4.5 percent from its current 5.5 percent. While Congress would have to act upon MedPAC's recommendation before the cut were implemented, the recommendation would represent an 18 percent cut in all IME payments to teaching hospitals–$900 million annually. AACOM continues to work with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and others to oppose any cuts to the current level of IME payments.

Other MedPAC recommendations voted on at the meeting include:

  1. A recommendation that Congress increase payment rates for acute inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems in fiscal year 2009 by the full hospital market basket index (currently 3.0 percent) and implement a quality incentive program;
  2. A recommendation updating physician services by the change in input prices (2.6 percent) minus a productivity adjustment (1.5 percent), which results in a 1.1 percent update to physician services for 2009. The update recommendation was coupled with a recommendation to Congress to require "CMS to establish a process for measuring and reporting physician resource use on a confidential basis for a period of two years”; and
  3. A recommendation for a freeze in payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking
The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has announced negotiating teams to develop regulations to carry out changes to federal student aid programs enacted by Congress late last year as part of the budget reconciliation law.  One group will complete rulemaking dealing with student loan issues.  A total of three negotiated rulemaking sessions for the group have been scheduled.

Student Loan Committee topics include: Income-based Repayment Plan (IBR); Conforming the Economic Hardship Deferment with IBR; Public Service Loan Forgiveness; Definition of Not-for-Profit Holder; Harmonizing HEROES Waivers with Other Benefits Provided to Returning and Active Duty Military; and Federal Preemption of State Laws Related to Improper Inducements and Arrangements Between Schools, Lenders and Other Entities in the Student Loans Programs.

Student Loan Meeting Schedule:Session 1: January 14 – 16; Session 2: February 4 - 6; Session 3: March 3 –5.

The group has held its first session, primarily addressing orientation items and organizational protocols.  Please be looking for an Action Alert from the Office of Government Relations on several student loan issues before the final meeting of the group.

In Congress
The 110th Congress is definitely one of transition.  There are numerous resignations, retirements, pursuit of other offices (including President), untimely deaths and other reasons for this period of flux. 

Vacancies (3)

  • Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) resigned November 26, 2007; special election on March 8.
  • Rep. Julia Carson (D-IN) died December 15, 2007; special election March 11.
  • Rep. Roger Wicker (D-MS) resigned December 31, 2007 after appointment to Senate; no special election date set.

Vacancies Filled (7)

  • Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) died April 22, 2007; Laura Richardson (D) won August 21 special election.
  • Rep Charlie Norwood (R-GA) died February 12, 2007; Paul Broun (R) won July 17 special election.
  • Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-MA) resigned July 1, 2007; Niki Tsongas (D) won October 16 special election.
  • Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) resigned December 17, 2007; Roger Wicker (R) was appointed December 31.
  • Rep. Paul E. Gillmor (R-OH) died September 5, 2007; Bob Latta (R) won December 11 special election.
  • Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) died October 6; Rob Wittman (R) won December 11 special election.
  • Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) died June 4; John A. Barrasso (R) was appointed June 22.

Running for President (5)

  • Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
  • Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

Retiring from the Senate (6)

  • Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO)
  • Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-ID)
  • Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) (term ends 2013)
  • Sen. John Warner (R-VA)

Running for the Senate (5)

  • Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME)
  • Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)
  • Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO)
  • Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM)
  • Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-NM)

Retiring from the House (23)

  • Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY)
  • Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
  • Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA)
  • Rep. Terry Everett (R-AL)
  • Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ)
  • Rep. David L. Hobson (R-OH)
  • Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)
  • Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) (elected Governor in Oct.)
  • Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL)
  • Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA)
  • Rep. Ron Lewis (R-KY)
  • Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA)
  • Rep. Mike McNulty (D-NY)
  • Rep. John Peterson (R-PA)
  • Rep. Charles W. “Chip” Pickering, Jr. (R-MS)
  • Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
  • Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN)
  • Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH)
  • Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
  • Rep. H. James Saxton (R-NJ)
  • Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
  • Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL) – Steve Blythe, DO, has announced his interest in the democratic nomination for this seat.
  • Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL)
 
 
 
 
 

Campus Roundup

Western U/COMP to Partner with Samaritan to Create New Osteopathic Medical School in Oregon
Oregon’s first new medical school in more than a century is in the planning stages. Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Western U/COMP) is partnering with Samaritan Health Services and others to create a new college of osteopathic medicine in the mid-Willamette Valley city of Lebanon, Oregon. With the area’s increasing demands for medical services, a growing area population, and only one other medical school in the state, the 51-acre health education complex will be designed to fill a variety of regional health care needs. Construction is expected to begin by 2010, with the first class of medical students enrolling in 2011. Plans call for an initial first-year class of 50 students. For more information, see the recent story in the Gazette-Times

Michael Murphy, DO, Appointed Founding Dean for New William Carey COM
Michael K. Murphy, DO, Associate Dean and Professor at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM), was recently appointed Founding Dean for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University (WCU) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The new school, which is being built in response to the dire shortage of physicians in the area, will promote ethical practices and urge student interest in both national and international medical missions. WCU has received planning support from Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association (MOMA), as well as from osteopathic medicine leaders in Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.

MSUCOM Names Donald Sefcik Senior Associate Dean
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) recently named Donald Sefcik, DO, MS, MBA, Senior Associate Dean. Dr. Sefcik, a Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) graduate, formerly served as Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences and Chairperson for the Department of Family Medicine at CCOM.

Olen Jones to Step Down as WVSOM President
Dr. Olen Jones will resign from the presidency of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) effective January 2009. Dr. Jones is a member of AACOM's Assembly of Presidents. In 1996, he received the association's Dale Dodson Award, which recognized his significant contributions to the advancement and support of osteopathic medical education.         

In an official statement, the WVSOM Board said: “Dr. Jones has done an outstanding job guiding this institution to unprecedented success. The next President will have big shoes to fill."

Under Dr. Jones’ leadership, WVSOM has grown from one main campus building to the current 12 facilities spread over 44 acres and several adjoining properties. Over the last 16 years, the school has spent more than $37 million on campus construction and renovation projects, yet remains debt free.

Enrollment has increased from approximately 200 students when Dr. Jones took over as President, to 600 students. By 2010, WVSOM will have 800 full-time students. The college is the world’s top-ranked school in terms of percentage of graduates practicing in rural areas.

WVSOM has also been ranked as one of the best primary care and rural medicine schools in the nation for nine straight years by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

AZCOM Offers Free CPR Classes
Midwestern University Glendale Campus, including Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), is collaborating with the Glendale Fire Department and Priority One Enterprises, a local company that develops EMS systems in the region, to offer free Continuous Chest Compression CPR (CCC-CPR) training classes to the community. The program will also teach trainees how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

CCC-CPR was developed as a result of extensive research at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. The new CPR method emphasizes the importance of chest compressions, eliminating mouth-to-mouth breathing entirely.  For more information, visit http://www.midwestern.edu/glendale/.

LECOM Bradenton and VCOM Hold White Coat Ceremonies  

White Coat Recipients: VCOM

On January 26, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus honored the Class of 2011 medical students. Faculty members presented white coats to first-year students, signifying their entry into clinical medicine.

Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) held its White Coat Ceremony on December 1. In addition to receiving their white coats, 163 student doctors received “Humanism in Medicine” pins, which were donated by the Arnold Gold Foundation, and stethoscopes engraved with their names, donated by the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA).

OSU-COM Introduces New Medical Training Simulators

First year students Greg Root and Kathy Lee work with Dr. Joan Stewart on one of the new clinical education training simulators.

The Clinical Education Department at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) recently introduced students to human-like medical training simulators (SIMS) in a new educational center. The state-of-the-art center is a safe environment in which students interact with realistic SIM mannequins in various scenarios. The SIMS were created to display symptoms that human “patients” are unable to act out. A technology director guides the SIM while students inquire about symptoms, take medical histories and conduct physical exams.

For more information, visit: http://centernet.okstate.edu/whatsnew/rounds/2007/1207.cfm.

FCC Grant Will Improve WVSOM Patient Care
A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grant will directly benefit the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) and local health care centers. Administered by West Virginia Telehealth Alliance (WVTA), the project will establish a broadband connection between rural and urban health care centers.

With a shortage of medical specialists in the area, health care professionals will be able to communicate with specialists across the country via teleconference. It will take only a short amount of time to upload patient records or send videos and pictures to diagnose the illness of a remote patient. In addition, costs may be lowered if health care professionals are able to monitor patients’ chronic conditions from a distance as opposed to admitting them for long hospital stays.

 
 
 
 
 

Make Plans Now - Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration Ends February 29 

More than 400 individuals representing the full continuum of osteopathic medical education will gather April 9 – 12 in St. Louis, Missouri, for the first-ever joint Annual Meetings of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.

Focused on the theme “Innovation: Spanning the Osteopathic Medical Education Continuum,” the conference will feature sessions and workshops covering many of today’s most important medical education issues. A few highlights include:

  • Pandemic Preparedness: The Plan for the Profession
    & A School Template for Planning and a Toolkit for Action 
  • The Education of a Physician
    Bridget O’Brien, PhD, MBA, Research Scholar, Carnegie Foundation
  • The New (and Longer) Road to Adulthood: Implications for Medical Education
    Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University
  • The Art and Science of OMM:  Why It’s Difficult to Standardize the Teaching Program, John M. Jones III, DO, MEd, Professor, OMM, TUCOM-NV
  • AACOM Awards Luncheon, including Student DO of the Year Award
  • Medical Education Summit II Outcomes and Next Steps

Register today; early bird registration ends February 29.

 
 
 
 
 

KCUMB-COM, DMU-COM, and ATSU-KCOM to Host Pre-Conference Workshop for Student Affairs Professionals and Advisors   

“Getting Their ZZZZZ’s… Sleep Deprivation and Today’s Medical Students” is the title of a workshop to be held Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The workshop, conveniently scheduled for those attending the AACOM/AODME Annual Meeting, will be sponsored and hosted by Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Designed for student affairs professionals of all levels at both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, this workshop will address common issues that those working with students may encounter in a medical school setting. The workshop will utilize a variety of teaching methods and will build upon the personal experiences of those in attendance.

Registration is $200 per person. To register, visit www.alumni.kcumb.edu\workshop.

For more information, contact LeAnn Carlton, vice president for student affairs at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, at lcarlton@kcumb.edu or 816-283-2339.

 
 
 
 
 

AACOM Now Accepting Applications for 2008 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarships 

This award, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes one newly accepted and one continuing underrepresented minority student at AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine. The award amount for 2008 will be $1,500. 

To be eligible, an applicant must be an underrepresented minority (African-American; Native American, including American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians; mainland Puerto Rican or Hispanic) student in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible.

Entries must be post-marked by March 31, 2008. All entries must include the required Cover Page, with all appropriate signatures, in addition to the required essay. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Awardees will be notified by July 21, 2008. Visit AACOM's Scholarship web page for more information. 

 
 
 
 

Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Joins AACOM Headquarters 

Anne Jones has arrived at the American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) headquarters to begin her term as a 2008 Osteopathic Health Policy Intern (OHPI).

Ms. Jones is a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ. She is interested in health care reform and plans to analyze and compare priorities of several universal health care systems.  During her time in Washington, she will attend congressional and Executive Branch hearings, meet with policy makers and work with the government relations staff of AACOM and AOA in their day-to-day activities.

The OHPI Program is designed to provide osteopathic medical students with hands-on experience in learning about federal healthcare policy.  Each year, two osteopathic medical students are chosen by AOA and AACOM leadership to spend two months in the Washington, DC, government relations offices of both organizations. Visit the AACOM website for more information on the program.  

 
 
 
 
 

AACOM Council Updates and News 

COSGP students with local Habitat For Humanity volunteers in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) convened January 18 – 20 at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) in Fort Worth. During its three-day Winter Business Meeting, graciously hosted by UNTHSC/TCOM Dean Marc B. Hahn, DO, the students continued their work on research, educational and promotional projects and developed several resolutions to be sent to the Board of Deans. Kendall Reed, DO, Dean of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and AACOM Board of Deans COSGP Liaison, attended the meeting, spoke with the students and responded to questions about current and future issues for the profession.

Highlights of the meeting included a TCOM-sponsored dinner and evening at the rodeo with Dean and Mrs. Hahn, working with local Habitat for Humanity volunteers at three sites in Fort Worth, and an afternoon focused on research with leaders and students from the national Osteopathic Research Center (ORC).  During the ORC presentation, ORC Executive Director John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, presented an overview of the Center’s mission and projects, focusing specifically on student involvement in research. Elizabeth Bah, a DO/MS student at TCOM, and Kari Guinn, a DO/PhD student at TCOM, shared their research and ORC learning experiences. Olive Chen, PhD, coordinator of research studies for the physician assistant program at UNTHSC, described the research experiences available for TCOM students and led COSGP members through a series of learning experiences designed to develop research skills.

The Council of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Admission Directors and Officers (COMAO) met for its annual meeting January 21 – 24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tom Levitan, AACOM Vice President for Research and Application Services, and Gina Moses, Associate Director of Application Services, demonstrated the benefits of using the recently launched online Advisor Information Center and presented current applicant and enrollment growth statistics.  

The admissions officers visited Southern University at Baton Rouge for a recruitment event that drew around 35 students. A second recruitment event, held at Louisiana State University, packed a 150-seat lecture hall.

A group of representatives of AACOM’s Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) met on January 23 during AAMC’s Professional Development Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group discussed how to reenergize CSFAA to better meet the needs of the colleges, their financial aid officers and their students. 

The following AACOM Councils will convene at the AACOM/AODME Annual Meeting in April: Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME), Council for Information and Technology (CIT), Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL), Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO), Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (Dev-Alum), Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC), Council of Researchers (COR) and the Council of Fiscal Officers (CFO).

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) will meet April 10 – 12 at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California (TUCOM-CA). 

 
 
 
 
 

Registration Opens for Next OCCTIC: An International Research Symposium 

Registration is now open for OCCTIC IX, an international, interdisciplinary research symposium on Somato-Visceral Interactions and Autonomic Mechanisms of Manual Therapy. Somato-visceral interactions are a key premise of osteopathic patient care. This groundbreaking symposium will feature leading researchers from the United States, Germany, Sweden and Canada. The symposium will be held on the University of North Texas Health Science Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas, March 31 – April 1, immediately following the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Convocation in Dallas, Texas. Transportation will be provided from the AAO meeting hotel in Dallas to the OCCTIC conference hotel, the Hilton hotel in downtown Fort Worth, for those people who will be attending both the AAO Convocation and OCCTIC.

Early registration rates are available through February 29. Click here to register. For additional information, please contact Cathleen Kearns by email at ckearns@hsc.unt.edu or by phone at 817-735-0515.

The Osteopathic Research Center is coordinating the event.

Sponsors of the events include AACOM, AOA, AAO, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, the Osteopathic Research Center, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, NCMIC Insurance, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Massage Therapy Association. 

 
 
 
 
 

American Osteopathic Foundation Announces Grant, Scholarship and Award Opportunities 

Nominations/applications are now being accepted for the following American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) grants, scholarships and awards:

Students:

  • AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award  (Must be Received by March 28, 2008)
  • William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship  (Must be Received by March 28, 2008)
  • Procter & Gamble COMLEX PE Scholars Grant  (Must be Received by April 4, 2008)
  • Savvy Student Traveler Program  (Must be Received by April 4, 2008)
  • Russell McCaughan Education Scholarship (Must be Received by April 25, 2008)
  • Welch Scholars Grants  (Must be Received by April 25, 2008)
  • Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award  (Must be Received by May 16, 2008)

Educators:

  • AOF Educator of the Year Award  (Must be Received by March 28, 2008)

Physicians:

  • Merck Excellence in Diabetes Care Award  (Must be Received by April 18, 2008)
  • Purdue Partners Against Pain Award (Must be Received by April 18, 2008)
  • sanofi-aventis Fighting the Metabolic Syndrome Award (Must be Received by April 18, 2008)
  • Merck Outstanding Resident of the Year Awards  (Must be Received by April 25, 2008)

Researchers:

  • Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award (Must be Received by May 16, 2008)
  • Gutensohn-Denslow Research Award  (Must be Received by May 16, 2008)
  • Korr Research Award  (Must be Received by May 16, 2008)
  • Louisa Burns Research Award (Must be Received by May 16, 2008) 

To obtain information or download an application, visit www.aof-foundation.org. Additional opportunities for physicians will be announced in February 2008. To speak to the AOF's Program Specialist, contact Jacqui Golding at 312-202-8235 or jgolding@aof-foundation.

 
 
 
 

AHEC Issues Call for Articles 

The National AHEC Bulletin is requesting submissions for its Spring/Summer 2008 issue. Articles should detail ways in which Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and Health Education Training Centers (HETCs) collaborate with various organizations and institutions to improve urban health care in America. Topics may include, but are not limited to: strengthening recruitment efforts and retention of health professionals in urban areas; reinforcing training of urban health professionals in addressing emerging public health issues; and coordinating programs between community health centers and primary care physicians to better meet the needs of diverse populations.

Download submission information.  


 

Josephine Briggs, MD, Named Director of NCCAM; Boyd W. Bowden II, DO, Appointed to NCCAM Advisory Council  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the appointment of Josephine P. Briggs, MD, to the position of Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr. Briggs brings a focus on translational research to the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help promote understanding of the usefulness and safety of CAM practices. For more information, visit http://nccam.nih.gov/about/director/.

Boyd W. Bowden II, DO, has been appointed to NCCAM’s National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM). The Council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCAM. Dr. Bowden is an active staff member in the Orthopedics Department at Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH, and is on staff at Orthopedic and Neurological Consultants, Inc., also in Columbus. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees and serves as chair of the AOA Bureau of Student Affairs. Dr. Bowden earned his DO from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.


 
 

AACOM-Sponsored Discount Programs 

AACOM Discount Moving Service Program
We’re pleased to offer AACOM’s Discount Moving Service Program, sponsored by Premier Transfer and Storage, Inc., an affiliate of Mayflower Moving Company, for relocating faculty, staff, students and even your own family members.  Tom Graver is AACOM’s representative and will serve your institution’s needs when you take advantage of the discount moving program.

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.aacom.org/about/discounts/Pages/MovingProgram.aspx, contact Tom Graver at Tom.Graver@premier-transfer.com, or call 1-800-634-8571, ext. 111.

AACOM Job Connection
AACOM's job posting service, another discount program offered to AACOM members and non-members, provides a central location to post or seek positions in osteopathic medical education.  The AACOM Job Connection offers 30- and 60-day discount rates for posting single, three and five job postings.  Since the program's launch in May 2006, 22 institutions have posted 78 positions.  Since January 1, 2008, 192 unique visitors browsed the site.

Visit the AACOM Job Connection. 

AACOM Wireless Phone Program
When your wireless service agreement expires, consider the many national carriers, rates, and phones (including Blackberries)/ accessories (free) offered through AACOM’s Wireless Phone Program.

To learn more about the program go to: http://www.aacom.org/about/discounts/Pages/WirelessProgram.aspx.

 
 
 
 
 

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