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President & Chief Executive Officer

Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, as President and Chief Executive Officer, directs AACOM and moves the organization towards fulfilling its vision and mission. The work of the President is overseen by AACOM's Governing Council, the Board of Deans.

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Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA,  Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research

Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research

Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA, as Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research, leads AACOM’s efforts to determine the current state and future development of osteopathic medical education (OME). He directs AACOM’s medical education program activities, monitors developments affecting OME, evaluates educational programs that focus on developing the highest quality doctors, and works closely with AACOM’s member colleges to improve existing programs and propose new ones as needed.


Patricia Delaney

Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations

Patricia Delaney, MEd, CPA, as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, has direct responsibility for leading and overseeing all aspects of AACOM’s financial, IT, and office management functions. She coordinates financial aspects of the Association’s overall strategic plan, as well as developing and implementing strategic financial and IT-focused plans. Delaney also leads AACOM’s annual financial audit process and serves as liaison to AACOM’s external auditors, as well as manages any other financial audits, reviews, and/or official inquiries from any state, federal, or local government agency.


Susan Ridge

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Susan Ridge, as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, leads AACOM’s efforts to support its member colleges in the recruitment and growth of a diversified, healthy applicant pool that successfully matches to a residency and practice that incorporates osteopathic principles to improve the health of patients. She develops robust marketing and communications initiatives and collaborates with counterparts at the colleges and other osteopathic and health professions organizations to advance the visibility and programs of osteopathic medical education.


Jeff Tjiputra

Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Jeff Tjiputra, DSc, MLS, as Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, is responsible for driving AACOM’s information and technology strategy and execution for its cloud, infrastructure and application platforms, and business solutions that support business needs and transform business processes for AACOM staff and stakeholders.


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Interim Vice President of Government Relations

Judith Mun, MPA, as Interim Vice President of Government Relations, leads the association's congressional and federal policy advocacy efforts, works with AACOM's membership and other associations to present unified health professional positions to policy makers, and monitors legislative and regulatory developments relevant to osteopathic medical education and the osteopathic profession.


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Director of GME Initiatives & Executive Director, AOGME 

Alegneta Long, MPP, as Director of GME Initiatives and Executive Director of the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME), leads and manages AACOM’s strategy and roles in the development and implementation of graduate medical education (GME) initiatives, the transition to the single GME accreditation system, and the changing environment in clinical education. Ms. Long also works with the AOGME Board to provide strategic and programmatic leadership to promote and expand initiatives to support the osteopathic graduate medical education community.

 


Tyler Cymet, DO

Chief of Clinical Education

Tyler Cymet, DO, as Chief of Clinical Education, develops, coordinates and implements AACOM activities related to clinical education, from undergraduate medical education through residency, with an emphasis on clinical faculty development and coordination.

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