Dr. Nash Address to AOGME Members 2019

headshot of Lisa NashApril 30, 2019

Last year, AOGME launched within AACOM on January 1, 2018. At that point, we outlined our strategic initiatives, upcoming changes to the board structure, and the positive momentum we felt as we integrated within AACOM.

Since April 2018, the momentum has continued to grow. We can now see the results of many of our efforts and we thank you for your engagement, feedback, and involvement during this time of transition.

Let me briefly recap some of our key accomplishments and updates since April 2018. Following our membership meeting, the AOGME board held a strategic planning retreat in July to discuss goals and plans to align with AACOM’s new strategic plan and mission. AOGME, as part of AACOM, adopted the mission to: Improve the health of the public and enhance the training of medical residents by advancing excellence in the osteopathic learning environment and increasing the number of graduate medical education programs obtaining Osteopathic Recognition. We fleshed out our strategic goals as the following: 

  • To provide resources to assist graduate medical education programs in successfully achieving and maintaining continued accreditation.
  • To provide leadership and professional development opportunities that contribute to the success of AOGME members and their programs, and support members in adapting to their changing roles and responsibilities.
  • To promote the value of the osteopathic learning environment to residency training and patient care, and provide support to programs in obtaining osteopathic recognition.
  • To create a learning community of osteopathic medical educators to advance excellence and innovation throughout the osteopathic learning environment.

These goals were further strengthened by clear objectives including launching a webinar series on scholarly activity, the development of a clearinghouse of GME resources, a leadership development program for GME professionals, developing a faculty development online resource or catalog, marketing Osteopathic Recognition, developing an online common curriculum for Osteopathic Recognition and facilitating better communication among members and those interested in GME. In addition, we sought to launch a residents and fellows council and grow and engage our members.

We are pleased to report great progress toward meeting our goals. In 2018, AOGME hosted 19 webinars in 2018 including a scholarly activity series and a series focused on the transition from ACGME Initial Accreditation to Continued Accreditation for programs in the transition to ACGME.  

This month, we are excited to launch a leadership development program for GME professionals, GME Leadership Development Program (GME-LDP) in collaboration with the Academy of Academic Leadership that will utilize a hybrid model of virtual meetings/webinars this fall and a face-to-face meeting in 2020.   

Osteopathic Recognition 

AOGME has worked to develop a suite of resources and supports for Osteopathic Recognition to include efforts to raise awareness, provide educational resources and tools, and mechanisms for Directors of Osteopathic Education (DOEs) and others to collaborate and communicate. 

To this end, AOGME is hosting a listserv, Advance OGME, which serves as a platform to facilitate communication among educations in programs with Osteopathic Recognition and those interested in osteopathic training in GME. Additionally, AOGME recently disseminated a Request for Proposals for an online common curriculum for Osteopathic Recognition. The goal of this effort is to develop a national curriculum that will assist GME training programs in obtaining and maintaining Osteopathic Recognition. If interested in submitting a proposal, please contact us at, the deadline for submission is May 15. Further, we are excited about progress on a marketing campaign for Osteopathic Recognition within AACOM, Osteopathic Recognition Matters: Programs for Optimal Patient Care. View the latest OR marketing flyer.

AACOM’s UME-GME Continuum Initiative, established in May 2017, recently launched an online digital resource library that houses faculty development and educational resources, events, workshops, and more, for programs with or seeking Osteopathic Recognition. Since late January, the library has generated over 165,000 web visits. Submissions for resources and events are now accepted and reviewed by an editorial board led by AOGME, visit

Impact of AOGME Membership

AOGME is generating great interest in the medical education community as new members continue to join. We are also extremely proud of our membership who continue the legacy of service as leaders both within their primary and volunteer roles in various national initiatives and organizations. At least 80 AOGME members are serving and/or representing AOGME in national medical committees, groups and initiatives. These include the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees and AOA policy making committees, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committees and Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC), ACGME Pursuing Excellence Initiative, ACGME National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), Annals of Internal Medicine, National Academy of Medicine, Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), AACOM UME-GME Initiative, AACOM Council on Diversity and Equity (CODE), AACOM’s Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism and more. We are truly proud of your leadership and service to advance excellence in osteopathic medicine and medical education.

We are thrilled to see excitement among residents and fellows to engage with AOGME. Our Residents and Fellows Council (RFC) launched in September 2018 and now has a growing membership which recently held an election to establish their first board. We are thrilled that some of our residents and fellows attended the annual conference and took advantage of workshops designed specifically for them. For the first time this year, AOGME also sponsored a residents and fellows poster session generating several poster abstracts from trainees. We look forward to supporting these and other efforts and initiatives for residents and fellows. 

Finally, for the third year in a row, we held another successful joint ACGME/AOGME pre-conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference. We continue to strengthen our relationship with ACGME and other external organizations such as AHME and AAO. 

Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you all as Chair of AOGME. I continue to be optimistic and excited about our future and our continued contributions to osteopathic medical education.  

Respectfully submitted, 


Past AOGME Chair Messages

  • Jul 31, 2019

    AOGME Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Program (GME-LDP)

    Dr. Nash highlights the new AOGME Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Program (GME-LDP).
  • Jun 28, 2019

    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.
  • Apr 19, 2019

    Dr. Nash Address to AOGME Members 2019

    Dr. Nash recaps the year, 2018-2019, highlighting key accomplishments and recognizing member involvement.
  • Mar 27, 2019

    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).
  • Feb 27, 2019

    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.
  • Jan 31, 2019

    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.​
  • Dec 19, 2018

    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.​
  • Nov 28, 2018

    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.
  • Oct 31, 2018

    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.
  • Sep 26, 2018

    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.
  • Aug 29, 2018

    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.
  • Jul 25, 2018

    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.
  • Jun 07, 2018

    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 ...
  • Apr 30, 2018

    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 ...
  • Mar 28, 2018

    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.
  • Feb 28, 2018

    ACGME/AOGME Pre-conference Workshop, Celebrating the Launch of AOGME!

  • Jan 31, 2018

    Happy New Year & Announcing our New Monthly Newsletter—OGME Now!