(Washington, DC)—The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) are pleased to announce a landmark decision to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) by providing leadership for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education.
AODME, which currently represents a robust membership of leaders in osteopathic graduate medical education (GME), will become an integral component of AACOM and will be renamed as the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). AOGME will support its members through leadership and professional development for those engaged in graduate medical education, foster excellence in the clinical learning environment, and assist in developing community-based GME programs.
“We are thrilled to welcome AODME members to AACOM. Although AACOM and AODME enjoy a decade-long track record of collaborating on joint annual conferences and other efforts, this decision formally incorporates AODME within AACOM as the AOGME. We are now strongly positioned to promote excellence in medical education, research, and service across the full continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public,” writes AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.
“For nearly four decades, AODME membership has led osteopathic graduate medical education and advanced the unique principles and practices of osteopathic medicine. Today, we are excited to continue that tradition of leadership and to respond to the evolving landscape of osteopathic medical education by joining with AACOM to provide support and continuity for our valued members and the osteopathic clinical learning environment during this time of transformation,” notes AODME President Joanne Baker, DO.
The memorandum of understanding guiding the integration of AODME within AACOM was signed by both parties on Saturday, November 18, 2017, during AACOM’s Annual Board of Deans meeting and kicks off a six-month integration process, which will formally begin in January 2018. Current AODME members will continue to enjoy customary member benefits throughout this process and the current AODME board will remain as the AOGME transition board until 2019 to ensure a smooth process. Alegneta Long, MPP, will serve as AOGME’s Executive Director.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 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. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.