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AACOM and AODME Join Forces to Strengthen the Full OME Continuum

(Washington, DC) - The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) are pleased to announce a landmark decision to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) by providing leadership for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education.       

AODME, which currently represents a robust membership of leaders in osteopathic graduate medical education (GME), will become an integral component of AACOM and will be renamed as the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). AOGME will support its members through leadership and professional development for those engaged in graduate medical education, foster excellence in the clinical learning environment and assist in developing community-based GME programs. 

shannon-rd-icon“We are thrilled to welcome AODME members to AACOM. Although AACOM and AODME enjoy a decade-long track record of collaborating on joint annual conferences and other efforts, this decision formally incorporates AODME within AACOM as the AOGME. We are now strongly positioned to promote excellence in medical education, research, and service across the full continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public,” writes AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.   

AODME President Dr. Baker

“For nearly four decades, AODME membership has led osteopathic graduate medical education and advanced the unique principles and practices of osteopathic medicine. Today, we are excited to continue that tradition of leadership and to respond to the evolving landscape of osteopathic medical education by joining with AACOM to provide support and continuity for our valued members and the osteopathic clinical learning environment during this time of transformation,” notes AODME President Joanne Baker, DO.

The memorandum of understanding guiding the integration of AODME within AACOM was signed by both parties on Saturday, November 18, 2017, during AACOM’s Annual Board of Deans meeting and kicks off a six-month integration process, which will formally begin in January 2018. Current AODME members will continue to enjoy customary member benefits throughout this process and the current AODME board will remain as the AOGME transition board until 2019 to ensure a smooth process. Alegneta Long, MPP will serve as AOGME’s  Executive Director.  

For more information, visit www.aacom.org/aogme

2018 Conference Marks 10-year Anniversary of AACOM & AODME's Foundational Meeting in St. Louis, MO in 2008

AACOM and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) launched the Call for Presentations for Educating Leaders 2018, the Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Conference. With the Call now live, both associations have begun the exciting and intricate process of constructing and preparing for this year’s highly-anticipated event. In fact, we have already received a number of thought-provoking presentation proposals focused on this year’s theme, Building Successful Collaborations.

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Osteopathic Focused Grand Rounds: Supporting an Osteopathic Learning Environment
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
Presenters: Michael Rowane, DO and Susan Ratay, DO
This will be a joint presentation from the AODME and the American Academy of Osteopathy. The session will be an information focused session. We have developed a nice model and want to share that with the profession. Learn more.

OPP Integration Within the Single Accreditation System 
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
Presenter: Russell Maier, MD, FAAP
This presentation will review some key aspects of ACGME Osteopathic Recognition, discuss some potential barriers and their solutions to integrating OPP, and present several options for achieving OPP integration in an ACGME accredited program. Learn more.

Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME? 
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Presenter: Daniel Lombardi, DO, FACOEP
This presentation will focus on the role and implementation of quality improvement processes in graduate medical education. Learn more.

Questions?   Email: AOGME@aacom.org

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Coming Soon!

The new website for the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) will be live at www.aacom.org/aogme on January 1, 2018!