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  • Happy Holidays and Reflections on Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

    Dec 20, 2019

    headshot of Lisa NashDecember 20, 2019

    As we conclude a remarkable 2019, I want to reflect on gains made as we approach the conclusion of the single GME accreditation system transition in June 2020. After four and a half years of a challenging process, we are now positioned well: close to 900 programs have transitioned to ACGME, only a handful of programs may need to train out under the AOA after June 30, 2020, and there is likelihood of a much-decreased number after the Review Committee meetings in January and April 2020. This progress would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Osteopathic GME community that quickly learned a new accreditation system and culture while maintaining a stable learning environment for our trainees.  

    Osteopathic Recognition  

    We also now have 215 programs that have achieved Osteopathic Recognition (OR) and several others applying. We encourage you to apply for this important designation and join us in our efforts to engage and support OR programs. AOGME continues to support OR through initiatives such as a marketing campaign, Osteopathic Recognition Matters: Programs for Optimal Patient Care, our Advance OGME listserv  for those interested in OGME, and the UME-GME Digital Resource Library that houses resources on osteopathic training. View the OR Matters site and sign up to get updates on the campaign activities at ormatters@aacom.org. You can also follow us @OR_Matters on Twitter and Facebook 


     2020 AOGME Awards  

    As a final reminder, the 2020 AOGME Awards Call for Nominations is open until December 30, 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize your colleagues and individuals who have/are making an impact in the osteopathic profession and in osteopathic medical education. The AOGME sponsors several awards including: 

    Awardees will be recognized at the Educating Leaders 2020: the AACOM Annual Conference during the AOGME Chair’s Reception and the AACOM Awards Banquet.  

    We Are Looking for a Secretary/Treasurer

    There is currently an open officer position for the secretary/treasurer that will be in place in March 2020. Service on the AOGME board is a fulfilling and important opportunity to shape the future of osteopathic GME at a time of significant change. I strongly encourage you to participate, please read the call for nominations for details and contact us at aogme@aacom.org should you have any questions. Nominations are accepted until January 13, 2020.  

    Residents and Fellow Physicians: Submit Your Abstracts!

    For the second year, Educating Leaders, the AACOM annual conference, will feature a poster competition for residents and fellows. The purpose of the AOGME poster competition is to stimulate scholarly work and research by interns, residents, and fellows, and to provide a venue to innovate, showcase unique projects, and to encourage networking among trainees with similar interests. All residents and fellows who will be or are trainees in a postgraduate training program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in March 2019 are eligible to compete for first-, second-, and third-place cash prizes. The deadline for submission of poster abstracts for residents and fellows is January 15, 2020. Submit your abstract today!   

    Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP) Nominations Open Until January 9

    Applications and nominations are open for the 2020-2021 Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP). The SLDP was developed specifically for colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) to improve leadership skills. It fosters learning and networking between colleagues from institutions across the country who face similar challenges. The 2020 – 2021 Program will offer two tracks: (1) potential, new and experienced deans and (2) COM faculty who have the potential to accept increasing leadership roles. The deadline for applications is January 9, 2020. 

    Join Your Colleagues at the Annual Conference 

    At Educating Leaders 2020, we will be hosting five days of programming specifically focused on graduate medical education. Please come join us and take part in our pre-conference workshops, oral presentations, AOGME member events, meetings, and more. AOGME will have a day-long program on Wednesday, March 25, that will include an ACGME Update Workshop, Best Practices in Osteopathic Recognition, GME Nuts & Bolts with Osteopathic Recognition, the AOGME Annual Membership/Business Luncheon, and more. There are additional GME offerings throughout the conference; for a more complete listing of all GME and AOGME programming and workshops, be sure to check out our program planner.  

    We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with direct inquires by emailing aogme@aacom.org or calling us at 301-657-7881.  

    Thank you for your continued support, 

    Lisa R. Nash, DO, MS-HPEd, FAAFP, FAOGME 


Past AOGME Chair Messages

  • Happy Holidays and Reflections on Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

    Happy Holidays from AOGME and Reflections on Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System
  • Giving Thanks; Open Officer Position on AOGME Board

    Dr. Nash thanks AOGME members and highlights a leadership opportunity to serve on the AOGME Board.
  • Newly Approved Strategic Objectives; 2020 AOGME Awards Call for Nominations

    Dr. Nash summarizes AOGME's new strategic objectives for the 2019-2020 membership year. The strategic goals approved last year were reaffirmed and new objectives were added to support those goals.
  • Sneak Preview GME-LDP Program; New Member Engagement Opportunities

    Dr. Nash highlights the GME-LDP program and a sneak preview opportunity, and announces the development of two member engagement opportunities.
  • AOGME Member Activities, Collegium of Fellows Application Cycle Opens

    Dr. Nash highlights AOGME member activities, the Collegium of Fellows 2020 application cycle, the Residents and Fellows Council and annual conference activities.
  • AOGME Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Program (GME-LDP)

    Dr. Nash highlights the new AOGME Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Program (GME-LDP).
  • Looking Forward; New Developments

    Farewell to Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH and welcome to new AACOM President, Robert Cain, DO. Dr. Nash highlights new GME Leadership Program (GME-LDP) and encourages members to submit proposals for the Osteopathic Recognition Curriculum Project.
  • Dr. Nash Address to AOGME Members 2019

    Dr. Nash recaps the year, 2018-2019, highlighting key accomplishments and recognizing member involvement.
  • See you at Educating Leaders 2019, the AACOM Annual Conference

    This month, we participated in the third annual Joint ACGME/AOGME pre-conference workshop on Thursday, March 7, during the ACGME Annual Educational Conference. Next month, we are excited to see and connect with many of you in Washington, DC at the AACOM Conference from April 9-13, 2019 (dates including pre- and post-conference workshops).
  • Join Us on March 7; ACGME/AOGME Pre-Conference & AOGME Reception

    On Thursday, March 7, 2019, we invite you to join us for the third annual Joint ACGME/AOGME pre-conference workshop during the ACGME Annual Educational Conference. This full-day workshop will be followed by a reception to celebrate the one-year anniversary since the launch of AOGME, at 4:30 PM ET at the Headwaters Lounge, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL.
  • Happy New Year from AOGME

    This month marks the anniversary of the launch of AOGME within AACOM. While integration within AACOM continues to be finalized with the election of the new board conforming to the AOGME board structure in April 2019 and other such changes, much progress has occurred over the last year. This year, we seek to focus on exciting new programs and initiatives to serve our members and the broader osteopathic medical education (OME) community.​
  • Holiday Greetings; Recognizing Leaders through the AOGME Awards

    This has been a landmark year for us as we found our new home within AACOM and integrated as the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) starting on January 1, 2018. We are proud to continue to serve as your professional home for connecting with and learning from fellow leaders, educators, and friends—thank you for your support and enthusiasm during this time of change.​
  • Help Shape the Future of AOGME; New GME Initiatives

    In 2019, AOGME will begin transitioning to a new board structure guided by the new, approved AOGME bylaws. As such, the AOGME Nominations Committee opened a call for nominations this week, for three at-large members on the AOGME Board with terms beginning in April 2019.
  • AOGME Collegium of Fellows; Engage in AOGME Strategic Efforts

    This month, the AOGME Collegium of Fellows opened the application process for new members who seek to be recognized as part of this prestigious fellowship. The Collegium is an assembly of leaders who have earned the award of "fellow" in recognition of their dedication and commitment to osteopathic medical education.
  • Welcoming Residents and Fellows; AACOM Council Leadership Meeting

    This month, AOGME is excited to open membership opportunities to residents and fellows! Through the work of a 10-member advisory group, the AOGME board approved a proposed strategic plan and bylaws to help organize the Residents and Fellows Council—both of which active AOGME members are currently voting on.
  • New AOGME Strategic Goals; Online Community to Advance OGME

    For many of you, this month marks the beginning of the academic year, a time that can be exciting yet hectic. You may find some helpful tips and resources for you and your trainees in AOGME’s recent webinars on Developing a Wellness Curriculum and Recognizing Warning Signs of Burnout and Depression in Learners.
  • New Academic Year; Focus on Continued Accreditation

    For many of you, this month marks the beginning of the academic year, a time that can be exciting yet hectic. You may find some helpful tips and resources for you and your trainees in AOGME’s recent webinars on Developing a Wellness Curriculum and Recognizing Warning Signs of Burnout and Depression in Learners.
  • Progress on the Transition & New Opportunities

    On July 1 of this year, we will officially mark three years in the transition process of AOA programs to ACGME under the single GME accreditation system ...
  • Dr. Nash Address to AOGME Members

    A week and a half ago, I was officially sworn in to assume the role of the Chair of the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) during a historic Award and Collegium of Fellows ceremony ...
  • Join us at 2018 Educating Leaders, AACOM Conference!

    This month, AOGME jointly held the ACGME/AODME (now AOGME) pre-conference workshop for osteopathic programs and institutions and celebrated the launch of AOGME.