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Highlights from Educating Leaders 2018, the AACOM Annual Conference

May 16, 2018

Attendees having conversations

Educating Leaders 2018, the AACOM Annual Conference, was held April 18-20 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown hotel in Washington, DC, under the leadership of Conference Co-Chairs Linda Boyd, DO, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), and Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP, Associate Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, NY.  With this year’s theme, “Building Successful Collaborations,” Educating Leaders 2018 drew more than 900 participants engaged in three days of thought-provoking plenary presentations, interactive concurrent sessions, special receptions, and other exciting events and collaborative programming focused on timely issues facing our nation’s health care and medical education systems. The programming for this year’s conference was selected after a thorough and invaluable peer review performed by the esteemed Fellows of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) and the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME).

The Wednesday plenary session was provided by Humayun Chaudhry, DO, DSc (Hon), MS, FAODME, MACP, MACOI, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., former President of AOGME, who spoke on how collaboration between organizations can benefit the whole profesion in his keynote, “The Power of Collaboration in a Partisan Age.” Thursday’s plenary was given by Amy Walter, National Editor of the Cook Political Report, on the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene in her keynote, “Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up.” The final plenary featured Susan Dentzer, President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, who gave insight into how osteopathic medicine can prepare for a changing medical landscape in, “The Future of Health Care Innovation: Implications for Osteopathic Medicine.”

Government Relations

AACOM’s Office of Government Relations (GR) hosted several events showcasing its work over the last year. Senior Vice President of GR Pamela Murphy, MSW, and Director of Congressional and Public Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender provided updates on legislative priorities and advocacy accomplishments, and presenters from federal agencies, congressional offices, and osteopathic medical schools highlighted federal programs, such as the THCGME Program, that AACOM supports. ED to MED marked its two-year anniversary during the ED to MED Town Hall, and GR honored osteopathic medical student Farrah Rink as this year’s ED to MED Outstanding Advocate of the Year. For more information, please read the April 25 issue of the Washington Insider.

Photo: ED to MED Town Hall panelists, from left to right: Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO, AACOM; Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, President and CEO, Council on Social Work Education; Jennifer Smulson, Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, American Psychological Association; Shawn Hamm, MPH, OMS-IV, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, ED to MED Campus Ambassador

Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators & Graduate Medical Education Initiatives

The Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME), formerly AODME, launched within AACOM on January 1, 2018, and organized several sessions and meetings related to graduate medical education (GME). These included the Council of GME Consortia Leaders (formerly OPTI Council) meeting, the Annual AOGME Membership Meeting and the Awards and Collegium of Fellows Ceremony. The Collegium of Fellows inducted nine Fellows this year and recognized three awardees.


A plethora of sessions related to GME and the single accreditation system were hosted at this year’s conference. The conference launched with a pre-conference workshop on advising students for successful residency placement and the second annual osteopathic recognition workshop. The osteopathic recognition workshop was facilitated by David Connett, DO, FACOFP, for a second year and featured several speakers with practical advice and suggestions on applying and attaining osteopathic recognition in residency programs. Topics included building a curriculum for osteopathic recognition, evaluations and assessments and faculty development. Updates from the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee were provided. Other sessions focused on nuts and bolts of the GME office, GME financing, scholarly activity, the ACGME’s CLER and Pursuing Excellence Initiative, Milestones 2.0, and best practices on the transition to the single accreditation system from ACGME staff.


In light of the 2020 single residency match quickly approaching, a special three-part session on Transitions to Residency was held at the conference. Speakers included Mona Singer, President & CEO, National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Jim Swartwout, MA, SVP, Education, Research and Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Lorenzo Pence, DO, SVP of Osteopathic Accreditation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Brian Kim, JD, Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), Beata M. Barci, Director of Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and was facilitated by Karen J. Nichols, DO, Dean of Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) and Chair of AACOM’s UME-GME Continuum Initiative’s Residency Match Working Group. The sessions provided the latest updates on the residency match, helpful tips, and discussion of how to approach nuanced issues in advising students on the residency match process. AACOM’s UME-GME Continuum Initiative, launched in 2017, is a three-year effort led by a 12 member steering committee which is chaired by John Kauffman, DO, Dean of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), to examine and strategize responses to changes in the osteopathic clinical learning environment. Four working groups are working on issues such as faculty development for programs with osteopathic recognition, future models of clinical education collaborations, supporting programs and institutions to achieve ACGME continued accreditation, and preparing for the single residency match.



AACOM’s Research Department gave valuable insight into the data that AACOM provides and how that data can be used by our member colleges. Erik Guercio, MA, Director of Research, presented on “What You Can Do with the OME Data on the AACOM Website” at the AACOM booth. During this session, participants were introduced to the Research Department staff, given an overview of AACOM’s report, and provided opportunities for research collaboration. The session ended with a Q&A session. AACOM Research also presented with Sebastián Díaz, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), to discuss a joint data collaboration project between AACOM and OU-HCOM. The session covered topics such as how to use student survey data for scholarly research, data mining (CHAID) student survey data to discover data relationships for students who intend to practice in primary care, and CHAID analysis reveals that intent to practice in underserved areas is most highly associated with intent to enter a primary care residency.

Medical Education

The Training the Osteopathic Core Professional Educators (TOPCE) program, a part of AACOM’s Leadership Institute, presented a full-day workshop on using research to strengthen the medical education program, as well as a discussion of the osteopathic clinical learning environment and associated accreditation standards, among other topics.

Before the conference, AACOM’s Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP) concluded its first year with participants presenting their Capstone Projects and receiving their certificates of completion. Additionally, AACOM’s Administrator Leadership Development Program (ALDP) kicked off with its first year-long program with a workshop. More information on all the AACOM Leadership Institute programs is available on AACOM’s website.

During the conference, the Society for Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) hosted two special sessions. One was a panel discussion entitled “Professionalism: From Admissions to MSPE” facilitated by Polly Leonard, DO, MS, Associate Clinical Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM). The other was the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Ideas and Innovations Session featuring discussions and posters, facilitated by Pamela Basehore, EdD, MPH, Acting Assistant Dean for Assessment, RowanSOM.

Poster presenters give thumbs up

The new poster session format was a hit with the 55 poster presenters enjoying the one dedicated time slot over two days to present their research. Also new this year, more than 30 of the conference session abstracts will be evaluated by NAOME for potential publication in a special online edition of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) this summer.

AACOM would like to thank the NAOME Fellows who, in addition to peer reviewing abstracts prior to the conference, also judged posters during the conference and evaluated abbreviated abstracts after the conference in preparation for JAOA submission.

In Case You Missed it...

On April 18, in conjunction with Educating Leaders 2018, AACOM held its second FutureDOdoctor Recruitment Event. Geared toward aspiring physicians interested in learning more about the osteopathic medical profession and strengthening their medical school application, the event drew 202 prospective students and guests from 21 states. Read more about the FutureDOdoctor event.

Each year, AACOM hosts its Annual Awards Banquet to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of individuals within the osteopathic medical community. To close the conference, AACOM honored recipients of our 2018 national awards during this year's ceremony.

Join us next year for Educating Leaders 2019, which will be held from April 10-12, 2019, in Washington, DC, under the theme “Big Data.”


Vol. 2, No. 8
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