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Leadership Updates at AACOM: Organizational Structure Alignment


Robert A. Cain, DO, AACOM president and CEO, recently announced the decision to realign AACOM’s organizational structure to more effectively advance our strategic goals. Changes include the promotion of three employees to the new positions of senior vice president for marketing, communications and events, vice president for graduate medical education initiatives and vice president for finance. Additionally, a new position was created: vice president for undergraduate medical education services.

“These four new roles represent the fulfillment of an ongoing conversation among AACOM leadership and stakeholders as we assess the evolving needs of our own organization and membership,” Dr. Cain said about the recent organizational updates. “These strategic investments in our leadership will balance the organization’s ability to operate, create a more efficient and effective team and increase thought leadership at AACOM. As AACOM celebrates Women in Medicine Month this September, we are especially proud to announce that these accomplishments have been achieved by three exceptional women leaders and members of AACOM staff. Please join me in congratulating our team members and thanking them for their service.”

Susan RidgeSusan Ridge will now serve as senior vice president for marketing, communications and events. In her new role, Ridge will lead the Meetings and Events team in addition to the Marketing and Communications team. By joining the two teams, there is now a more central structure in place responsible for Educating Leaders 2022, the AACOM Annual Conference.

Ridge began working with AACOM in 2020 with more than 30 years of experience in communications, integrated marketing and public affairs. She previously served as chief communications officer for Johns Hopkins University, Save the Children and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Alegneta LongAlegneta Long is stepping into the new position vice president for graduate medical education initiatives. In this role, Long will focus on the transition to residency and continue to work closely with the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) to expand upon the resources available for our graduate medical education (GME) membership. She will continue to provide support for The Match, opportunities for residents, fellows and GME programs and the ongoing campaign for Osteopathic Recognition.

Long began working with AACOM in 2014, where her primary role was working on the transition to a single GME accreditation system. Her responsibilities expanded when she led the transition of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) to AOGME after the announcement that AACOM and AODME would join forces to strengthen the full osteopathic medical education continuum.

fang_jiang_100x140Fang Jiang, MBA, CPA, has been promoted to AACOM’s vice president for finance. With AACOM since 2019, Jiang has been an integral member of AACOM’s finance and operations team, providing expertise that has led to the financial success of the organization. She works closely with every department to ensure that AACOM is able to meet its strategic goals while also meeting its financial goals.

Finally, a nationwide search has begun for the new vice president for undergraduate medical education services position. This position will serve both the transition to medical school, including student recruitment, application services and admissions and the medical school experience, including student affairs and leadership. The role reinforces AACOM’s dedication to supporting students through their entire medical school journey.