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

Joanne BakerStarting tomorrow, many of you may join us at the ACGME’s Annual Education Conference in Orlando, FL. For a second year in a row, we partnered with the ACGME to plan the annual pre-conference workshop for osteopathic programs and institutions. This year, the workshop boasts a robust mix of breakout sessions, lectures, and opportunities for collaboration and interaction with peers and with ACGME staff and leadership. We are especially excited to invite AOGME members to a special celebration to mark the integration of the AODME within AACOM after the conclusion of the workshop. If you are attending the pre-conference workshop(s) on March 1, be sure to join us for the reception at 4:30PM.

This month, AOGME held its first full board meeting since the integration of AODME within AACOM. The integration process continues to move smoothly. We are pleased to welcome new staff that will support AOGME’s efforts, Richa Tangri, Program Coordinator, who joined AACOM this month. We closed the 2018 AOGME awards and the process of reviewing and voting on the collegium of fellows’ applicants is underway. Award recipients along with the new Collegium of Fellows inductees (after voting concludes on March 12), will be invited to the AOGME Reception and Collegium of Fellows Induction Ceremony at the AACOM Annual Conference on Thursday, April 19. This year, for the first time, AOGME awardees and collegium inductees will also be recognized at the AACOM Awards Banquet on Friday, April 20.

We hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Daniel Lombardi on Quality Improvement in GME on February 21. The next webinar is scheduled on March 14 and will feature Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE, ACGME Executive Director for Transitional Year. View past webinar recordings and register for upcoming webinars.

If you have not registered for the 2018 Annual Conference yet, I urge you to do so now. Hotel rooms are filling up and we want you to participate in this unique opportunity to craft the future of AOGME. Educating Leaders 2018, the AACOM Annual Conference will take place April 18-21 in Washington, DC. The conference also features several sessions on GME and the transition to the single GME accreditation system.

As we continue to plan and explore opportunities to provide relevant educational programming for our members, we want to solicit your input and encourage you to participate in AOGME’s Education Program Planning Committee. Please indicate your interest to get involved in AOGME committees on the following form, or email aogme@aacom.org. Participating in the AOGME committees is an opportunity to serve on a national organization and may meet scholarly activity requirements while contributing to the enhancement of osteopathic medical education.

AOGME members now have member-only access to AACOM’s online discussion forum and community (AACOMmunities). Through this tool, we can communicate in a private community with AOGME members, leadership, and staff. This month, you received a request to respond to a survey on AACOM’s strategic planning efforts through this forum. We thank those who have completed  the survey and encourage others to complete the survey by March 5, AOGME member input is important to AACOM’s strategic planning process. If you need any assistance using the AACOMmunities discussion forums, please reach out to staff at aogme@aacom.org.

We are also working to launch the residents and fellows council within AOGME. We are requesting assistance from our members to recommend interns, residents, and fellows that may be interested in participating in an advisory group to help guide this effort. We will host the advisory group at the 2018 AACOM conference for an initial meeting. Please send names and contact information for interns, residents and fellows you recommend for the advisory group to aogme@aacom.org by March 12.

Several efforts are underway to examine and enhance AOGME programming to meet the changing needs of our members. A member survey is anticipated in coming weeks to guide AOGME’s future and we appreciate your feedback in advance.

Please feel free to reach out at any time with inquires by emailing aogme@aacom.org or by calling AOGME at 301-657-7881.

All my best,