On June 2, AACOM council and group leaders met to hear updates and share feedback on issues directly related to AACOM. The discussions centered around the impact of the November 2020 AACOM bylaws changes on the councils, the proposed Assembly of Council Leaders and how councils can participate in Educating Leaders 2022. Following several recent council elections, this meeting was also a chance for newly elected council chairs to meet with their peers for the first time while preparing for a more in-depth meeting in September.
The fourteen councils, the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) and the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) cover the wide spectrum of interests and initiatives that make up the osteopathic medical education community. These groups are critical to helping AACOM fulfill its mission to support all our member colleges. For councils to be as effective as possible, it is essential that council leaders are active and engaged with their members and with AACOM liaisons.
“We value the work of our councils and try to do all we can to support them,” said Mark Speicher, PhD, MHA, AACOM's Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research. “Keeping the lines of communication open is essential if we’re going to maintain robust and dynamic councils. Part of that is the regular contact and dialogue between council leaders and their liaisons and part of that is bringing the larger group together to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities.”
A main topic of discussion involved updates to the councils’ bylaws. Council Leaders will be working with their committees to align their voting bylaws with those of AACOM. Overall, everyone is looking forward to another productive and interesting year.