The first article detailing AACOM's Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POME2) has been published in the Advances in Health Sciences Education. Read the article.
The article describes the application of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy (JSE) within the osteopathic medical student population, a previously unrepresented population for the JSE. The POME2 was designed to examine measurement properties, underlying components, and latent variable structure of the JSE in a nationwide sample of first-year matriculants at U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine, and to develop a national norm table for the assessment of JSE scores. A web-based survey was administered at the beginning of the 2017–2018 academic year that included the JSE, a scale to detect “good impression” responses, and demographic/background information.
About the POME2 Project
AACOM launched the POME2 study in early August 2017. This project is the first study of empathy in osteopathic medical education in the United States at this level of national scale and scope. The POME2 in its broader scope is a two-phased project: It began with Phase I, a two-year cross-sectional study, and will continue with Phase II, which is envisioned as a five-year longitudinal study subsequent to the completion of Phase I. Read more about the study, its goals, and implications.