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AACOM Works to Engage Health Professions Students in COVID-19 Vaccinations, Invites You to Save the Date for Educating Leaders 2021 and Welcomes New Leadership


December 17, 2020


From the President

This has been a year of crisis, uncertainty, change and struggle. As 2020 comes to a close, and we look back on this challenging year, I am thankful for what we were able to accomplish together, and hope that it contributes to a brighter future for healthcare and osteopathic medical education. I offer you all my sincerest wishes for a restful, peaceful and safe holiday and New Year.

On December 14, the first public COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in the United States, launching the largest mass vaccination campaign in our history. “It took an all-hands-on-deck commitment to get to this point," says Dr. Cain, "and now it will take the same kind of comprehensive effort to distribute and administer the vaccine effectively.”


Earlier this month, Nicole Wadsworth, DO, was appointed dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). Previously, Dr. Wadsworth served as site dean for NYITCOM on the Long Island campus, and prior to that as senior associate dean at NYITCOM.

The Liberty University Office of the Provost has announced the appointment of Joseph R. Johnson, DO, FACOOG (Dist) to interim dean of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). Dr. Johnson comes to Liberty after 26 years in the medical field, most recently as an administrator at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, where he maintained an active obstetrical and advanced surgical role.

AACOM is pleased to announce David Bergman, JD, as the new vice president of government relations. David brings 25 years of government relations and public policy experience to the role, including 19 years successfully lobbying for national healthcare organizations. Under David’s leadership, AACOM looks forward to working with the 117th Congress and the new administration on the federal policy priorities important to osteopathic medical education.


As the number of COVID-19 cases across the country continues to rise, osteopathic medical residents and physicians are risking their lives daily for the health of their patients and communities. Many are also saddled with a significant amount of student loan debt. We owe it to them to help alleviate their financial hardship as they work to respond to this serious public health crisis. Urge Congress to extend the suspension of student loan payments and interest expiring on January 31, 2021!


Advocacy can sometimes seem like a solitary activity, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to remain physically distant from others. ED to MED advocate and recent AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Shikha Patel, OMS-IV at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, reminds us that “advocacy is not only what you can change, but it's also what you can empower others to change.”


In collaboration with AACOM’s Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles, Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Associate Professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Harlem campus Susan Milani, DO, has published a video featuring osteopathic exercises that can be done at home to improve breathing and immune function during COVID-19.

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Campus Roundup

You’ll also read about PCOM’s ongoing efforts to improve diversity and inclusion, TCOM’s work to advance rural healthcare amid the pandemic’s challenges, DMU’s virtual research symposium showcasing projects across broad topic areas and more.

AOGME Awards

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2021 Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) Awards. The AOGME Awards are presented in several categories to honor individuals for their accomplishments and service to osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine as a whole. Nominations are being accepted until December 30, 2020.

Upcoming Webinar to Prepare You for the Match

Medical students, join us on January 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET to discuss post-residency interview etiquette, as well as how to approach ranking. This webinar will be presented by the AOGME Residents and Fellows Council (RFC). Chat with and learn from residents from multi-disciplinary perspectives to help prepare you for success in the residency match.

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