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Dr. Joanne Baker
Joanne Baker,
DO, FAODME

From the Chair

December 2017 

Dear Fellow AODME Members, 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!  This is our last newsletter of the year, as well as the last newsletter for AODME.  Work is underway to move our data, website and memberships over to the new AOGME site.  We will become an official assembly in AACOM on January 1, 2018. 

Our new Executive Director, Alegneta Long, has been working hard with the AODME staff to make sure that our history and webinars that we have recorded are not lost. Everything is moving over, and you will be directed to the new site from our previous address. AOGME will be unveiling a new website for our Assembly and this will have a new look after the first of year. We have already seen so much support from AACOM in helping to make our site as easy to find and user friendly. AOGME will have all of our prior webinars available for our members to access and view as well as historical information. We will be working out the details of new membership details that will be finalized by our member meeting in April. Your leadership and board really want this to stay an organization that you see the value in receiving news, faculty development and opportunities for leadership growth and networking. We have many new opportunities that we will be exploring and unveiling in the coming months. This is truly an exciting time, and we want to take advantage of all the opportunities for our members. 

We already have members within AACOM reaching out to us to share events, discussion forums and opportunities for new programs that can ensure the Osteopathic continuum from UME to GME. We know that many of you are in the application process for your categorical residency programs and AOGME wants to be a resource for you to help in taking the next step for Osteopathic Recognition. Our annual meeting, Educating Leaders 2018, April 18-21 in Washington, DC, has a pre-conference workshop planned on April 17 to help you through the application, implementation and preparation for the site visits that will come down the line. There will be sessions at the national meeting, webinars and the ACGME pre-conference that are designed to give you new tools to use or fill a gap that may be needed. 

We just had a joint webinar with the American Academy of Osteopathy on December 13 “Osteopathic Focused Grand Rounds:  Supporting an Osteopathic Learning Environment.” This webinar was recorded and will be available on our site soon. We will continue into 2018 with many current topics that will aid you in your profession.   The next one is on January 17, 2018 and will be “OPP Integration within the Single Accreditation System.”  We look forward to more collaborations with AAO and other organizations with shared goals for leadership and faculty development for our programs. 

Registration has opened for Educating Leaders 2018, April 18-21 in Washington, DC. The theme will be "Building Successful Collaborations” and will feature a broad selection of topics to meet all of our member’s needs. The final details of the lineup of speakers will be available later in January.  As an AODME member, you will benefit from a member registration discount of $110, save $80 and take advantage of the early bird registration discount offered until February 8, 2018.   Watch for more details on the meeting and plan ahead for your hotel reservations.   We have a little more time to submit your application for the 2018 Collegium of Fellows, and the deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017.  The application can be found at this link.  

As always, we are here to serve our members and assist in the GME community.  I am sure there are many of our colleagues that are working hard, despite the holidays and festivities, to get their applications in for their internships, fellowships and residency programs as the next deadline of Sunday, December 31, 2017 comes near.   If there is anything that we can do to assist your educational needs or ACGME applications, please send us an email, and we will reach out to you.   All my best,  

Joanne K. Baker, DO, FACOI, FAODME, FHM, FACP