AACOM Names Pamela Murphy Senior Vice President of Government Relations

June 22, 2016


Liane Weissenberger
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager

(Washington, DC) - The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announces the promotion of Pamela Murphy, MSW, to the position of Senior Vice President of Government Relations, effective July 1, 2016. In this role, Ms. Murphy will be responsible for the full integration of the overall legislative and public affairs strategy across the Association. Ms. Murphy will report to AACOM President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.

“Pamela has a proven track record for successfully leading strategic legislative and public affairs initiatives that help to shape the policy environment around AACOM’s priority issues. In this new role, Pamela’s leadership and expertise will strengthen AACOM’s position as a national player in federal policy,” said AACOM President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.

Ms. Murphy brings more than 15 years of government relations experience to this role, including 6 years as AACOM’s Vice President of Government Relations where she was responsible for advocating for federal policies that impact AACOM membership and building a cohesive national voice around osteopathic medical education policy.

“AACOM has laid a strong advocacy foundation to raise the profile of critical legislative issues on the national stage,” said Ms. Murphy. “As I enter into this new phase at the Association, I look forward to building upon this legacy and continuing to elevate the voice of the osteopathic medical education community.”

Prior to joining AACOM, Ms. Murphy served as the Government Affairs and Public Affairs Specialist for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Allstate Foundation partnership, where she spearheaded a public awareness campaign on the economics of domestic violence working with Members of Congress and federal officials, as well as providing outreach to media. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she managed the Member’s health care agenda and appropriations process.

Ms. Murphy obtained her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the 2015-16 academic year these colleges are educating over 26,100 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOMprovides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.


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