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AACOM’s President and CEO to Step Down

July 19, 2018

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, has informed the Board of Deans on July 19, 2018 that he will be retiring on June 30, 2019, from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of AACOM. He has served the Association admirably for the last 12 and a half years.

Osteopathic medical education (OME) has steadily grown in size, presence, and influence during Dr. Shannon’s tenure. In 2006, AACOM represented 23 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and now stands at 34 COMs delivering instruction at 51 teaching locations in 32 states and educating over 29,000 osteopathic medical students. Its member colleges have a major presence in the communities and states in which they are located. AACOM has become a key participant and partner in federal, medical, and health profession’s collaboration and advocacy. At a time of growing physician shortages, our graduates are recognized for the quality care they provide, especially in areas of need.

“The last decade has shown the largest growth ever seen in OME and I thank Dr. Shannon for his pivotal leadership during this time,” said Lori A. Kemper, DO, Dean of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) and Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans. “He has worked tirelessly to define the future of the profession through the transition to the new Single GME Accreditation System, supporting and advancing the osteopathic continuum with the integration of the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME), formerly known as the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), into AACOM. Because of his dedication and efforts over the years, the OME community now has a strong voice on Capitol Hill and solid national partnerships with organizations such as the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP), and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).”

Board certified in osteopathic family practice and preventive medicine, Dr. Shannon served as the Vice President for Health Services and Dean of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) prior to AACOM. In addition, he was Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans from July 2003 to June 2005.

The AACOM Board of Deans will now begin a search process to recruit the new leader. Providing almost a full year’s notice, Dr. Shannon, along with the Board, will be able to initiate the new strategic plan to guide the Association from 2019 to 2021 and transition the work of AACOM in a responsible manner.  


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 51 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating over 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are publicly controlled, 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 provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research, and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.


Vol. 2, No. 13
July 26, 2018