Preliminary Program Content

The Educating Leaders Planning Committee mission is to bring together experts from across the osteopathic medical education profession to create a wholistic program that provides our attendees unique opportunities to learn, meet, and collaborate.


Our priority is to offer the best possible agenda for our attendees, and we are busy shifting all the pieces into place. Check back in January to view the full conference program. In the meantime, please browse the confirmed program content below.*


Confirmed Pre-Conference Workshops

Osteopathic Recognition Workshop

Deepen your conference experience by investing in a four-hour workshop focused on the osteopathic recognition application with guidance and insights from peers who have attained osteopathic recognition for their programs. Moderated by peers and experts on osteopathic training, attendees will walk away with tangible ideas to strengthen their program's osteopathic recognition application.

Student Advising & Strategies to Maximize Your Residency Match Success

This interactive workshop will examine and present best practices on the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education focusing on the residency selection and matching participation processes. The target audience is osteopathic medical school student advisors, academic affairs, deans and faculty, administrators, program directors, osteopathic postdoctoral training institution leaders and others that interact and advise students in the residency selection and matching process. It is designed to facilitate a robust discussion around how to best advise students to succeed in the residency matches, identify tools and resources to make the transition successful, discuss national data and trends on enhancing match success, and the transition to the single graduate medical education accreditation system.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Navigating the Transition to the single GME accreditation system
  • ERAS Interview schedule, HireVue and Emergency Medicine Video Interview
  • Future applicant workforce and application management
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPEs)
  • Residency application and student advising

Goals for this workshop is for participants to be able to:

  1. Describe best practices and recommendations on advising students and matching to residences
  2. Modify student advising programs and residency interview and selections processes to ensure the best fit matches possible
  3. Articulate recommendations for students and residencies

TOPCE Workshop

Details To Be Announced​.

Preparing for 2018-19 Changes to the COMLEX-USA & COMAT Examination Programs

This two-part workshop is designed for deans, faculty and advisors at colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM), as well as program directors and other professionals involved in graduate medical education. The first part of this interactive session features enhancements to the NBOME Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Test (COMAT) program. The second part of the workshop will detail the implementation plan and test specifications for the new NBOME Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) master blueprint, and changes and innovations to the examination program. The 1.5 hour session will be followed by a networking reception.

Excellence in Preceptorship and Formative Evaluation/Feedback

Two 90-minute interactive sessions combined into one workshop. The first portion of the workshop will review OPP and OMT, components of procedure precepting, and a mock precepting scenario using a newly-developed OMT precepting tool. The second portion will focus on writing meaningful narrative evaluation comments.

Expected outcomes of the workshop:

  • Discuss basic requirements for precepting a procedure
  • Develop strategies to improve precepting OMT within programs using new OMT precepting tools
  • Write meaningful narrative evaluation comments about learners (students and residents)
  • Help peers write more meaningful narrative evaluation comments about learners

Leadership Skill Development Throughout the Medical Education Continuum

Two 90-minute interactive sessions to combined into one workshop
The first portion is an experiential interactive workshop demonstrating innovative teaching tools developed at TCOM to improve emotional intelligence. The second portion will focus on giving GME directors and faculty simple and easy to use tools that will facilitate the leadership development of their residents and chief residents. 
Expected outcomes of the workshop:

  • Design self-reflection activities to improve student self-awareness of personal emotional IQ strengths and weaknesses as related to patient care, resilience, and leadership
  • Implement instructional activities that improve student awareness of contextual bias in patient care
  • Share the leadership vision they developed with program leadership for discussion and adoption as the program standard
  • Add basic leadership skills to the GME curriculum as well as be prepared for informal reinforcement at appropriate teaching moments

Confirmed Sessions

Transition to Residency: Updates from the NRMP & NMS Match Systems

Presentations will highlight match participation rules, updates and considerations, especially within the context of the single accreditation system for graduate medical education. Discussions will cover the successful transition for osteopathic medical students from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education. Attendees will have the opportunity for questions and discussion during a Q&A session at the end of the presentations.     

GME Nuts & Bolts: Running your GME Office

Travel through the annual cycle of GME tasks, and consider challenging scenarios and how to address them.  This session will provide a high-level glimpse into ACGME processes for GME offices and discuss the differences between AOA and ACGME processes.

ABCs of GME Financing

This session will cover the basics necessary to understand GME financing, including teaching attendees what it takes to start a residency program at a virgin hospital.

ACGME Milestones 2.0

This session will provide a description of the performance levels residents are expected to demonstrate for skills, knowledge, and behaviors in the six competency domains. A presentation of Milestones 2.0 and progress updates will be provided.

ACGME CLER & Pursuing Excellence Initiative

The ACGME developed the CLER program as a part of its Next Accreditation System. The CLER program is designed to provide US teaching hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and other clinical settings affiliated with ACGME-accredited institutions with periodic feedback that addresses the following six focus areas: patient safety; health care quality; care transitions; supervision; fatigue management and mitigation; and professionalism.

The feedback provided by the CLER program is designed to improve how clinical sites engage resident and fellow physicians in learning to provide safe, high-quality patient care. Presenters will discuss the National Report of Findings 2016 and CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1, as well as the Pursuing Excellence Initiative and progress thus far.

Latest Data & Information on the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

In this session, attendees will get the latest updates on the transition to the single GME accreditation system including data on programs and institutions that have applied for ACGME accreditation. Information on osteopathic recognition will also be shared.

Osteopathic Workforce Outcomes & Data: Growing Share of the Physician Workforce

This session will present data on the dramatic growth of DOs in the physician workforce from an AACOM sponsored study by researcher Clese Erikson, which was featured in Health Affairs Blog. The session will also discuss the data that is available as well as the data that is needed to conduct more research on GME outcomes and the osteopathic workforce.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned on the Transition through the Single GME Accreditation System: Peer-to-Peer Advice

Perspective from programs that have succeeded in the transition to ACGME accreditation, showcasing programs that are in initial and continued accreditation and those that have achieved osteopathic recognition.

Scholarly Activity in GME

The importance of increasing scholarly activity has been highlighted among AOA-focused residency programs to ensure a smooth transition to a single accreditation system. This one hour session will provide an overview of the Scholar 7 and Scholar 4 series, discuss best practices and provide resources to attain scholarly activity. This session will go through how to become a peer-reviewer and have journal editors from JGME and JAOA.


* All content is subject to change. Last updated December 6, 2017.

Poster Presenter Guidelines

Session focus areas and covered topics


Osteopathic Medical Education

  • Curriculum and Curricular Paradigms
  • Core Competencies/Assessments (EPAs, exams, etc.) /Evaluations/National Boards
  • Interprofessionalism
  • International Education
  • Other Scholarly Activity

Graduate Medical Education

  • Single GME accreditation system
  • Initial to Continued ACGME Accreditation/Clinical Learning Environment Review
  • Osteopathic Recognition
  • Clinical Education Collaborations
  • Transition from UME to GME/ Residency Match
  • Clinical Education Collaboration/Transition from UGME to GME

Humanism and Mentoring

  • Hidden Curriculum/Learning Styles
  • Empathy/Resilience/Wellness
  • Diversity Issues
  • Mentoring & Advising

Learner Affairs

  • Tuition/Admissions/Recruitment/Retention
  • Marketing/Communications/Social Media

Professional Development

  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Leadership Skills Development 

Technology and Research Support

  • Informational Technology
  • Data, Data Management & Analysis
  • Grants/Grant Management Support (IRB, etc.)

Advocacy and Policy

  • Health Workforce/Medical Education/Higher Education




Exhibits & Sponsorships

301-968-4190 or 301-968-4189






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