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Single GME sessionSingle GME Sessions

The sessions listed below address different aspects of the Single GME transition and are identified with the icon below in the program.


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop:

(Pre-registration and additional fee required.)

Single GME sessionOPTI Workshop: ACGME Institutional Sponsors

This year’s OPTI Workshop will focus on ACGME Institution Sponsorship and is open to all AACOM and AODME attendees. The morning will consist of educational sessions developed by the AOA-ACGME-AACOM Joint Education Committee on topics to include applying as an ACGME Institutional Sponsor and applying to be an osteopathic-focused program. Speakers are representatives from the ACGME as well as the Osteopathic Principles Committee.  The afternoon will hold an interactive session about institutional applications and opportunities for OPTIs in the single accreditation system. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The cost of the Workshop is $100; there is no fee for OPTI leaders.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop:

(Pre-registration and additional fee required.)

Single GME sessionStrategies for Assessment Using ePortfolios: Competencies, Milestones and EPAs

With the ACGME instituting resident portfolios as a requirement for evaluation, and the criteria in development for undergraduate evaluation, the portfolio process is rapidly making its way into the accreditation of medical education. Curriculum leaders have recognized two challenges to tracking core competencies, milestones, and entrustable professional activities (EPAs): first, many key components cannot be assessed using typical methods like multiple-choice exams; secondly, it is necessary that evaluation strategies assess skills adequately, and acknowledge the importance of reflection, self-assessment, and self-directed life-long learning. Participants will review and discuss methods for incorporating ePortfolios into standardized, longitudinal assessments of osteopathic medical education curriculum.

  • Machelle Linsenmeyer, EdD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development, WVSOM
  • Eric Holmboe, MD, Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, ACGME
  • Elaine F. Dannefer, PhD, MSW, Director, Medical Education Research and Assessment, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
  • Elaine Soper, PhD, Director of Faculty Development, WVSOM

Wednesday, April 22

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Single GME sessionOpening Plenary Session

  • Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, Chief Executive Officer, ACGME

9:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Single GME sessionOne-on-One Informational Sessions with ACGME Review Committee Executive Directors

(Featuring ACGME Leadership and Staff)
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9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Meeting

(Open to all attendees)

9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Single GME sessionEbb and Flow: Steering the GME Ship Through Changing Tides

This two-part session will help set the stage for the "Deep Dive" on ACGME accreditation later this week. The first presentation will emphasize the current state, with discussions of AOA standards, institutional and program site visits, and the "nuts and bolts" of running the GME office. The second half will wade into the waters of ACGME requirements by reviewing key elements and comparing similarities and differences.

  • Kirsten Waarala, DO, Director of Medical Education, Garden City Hospital

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Dual Sessions:

Single GME sessionAre Our Students Ready for Interprofessional Practice?

This presentation will provide a forum for discussion of the results from a four-year program to develop interprofessional education and practice (IEP) leaders. The barriers to transitioning this IEP leadership into community practice during clinical rotations will be discussed. The need for ongoing evaluation and student assessment, including alumni follow-up, is critical. While the importance of interprofessional education and practice has been well-documented and supported in the literature, there remains a paucity of data as related to the extent that the IEP experiences delivered during medical school carries over into practice. What is known is that we must integrate IEP throughout the four-year osteopathic curriculum and that we must assess, at each step, the impact of this training and experience. Furthermore, the IEP components must be integrated throughout the curriculum from day one of medical school. 

  • Kamilah B. Thomas-Purcell, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, NSU- COM
  • Stacey Pinnock, MSW, GEC Director of Interprofessional Education, NSU- COM
  • Cecilia Rokusek, EdD, MSc, RD, Assistant Dean of Education, Planning and Research, NSU- COM

The Continuum of Interprofessional Education and Practice: Two Institutions' Perspectives

This presentation will provide participants with a discussion highlighting the experiences of a new college of osteopathic medicine (COM) as well as an established one as related to the integration of interprofessional education and practice into the medical school curriculum. From these experiences, the new ACGME guidelines on interprofessional education and practice during residency training will be focused on the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER). The links to providing meaningful and measurable interprofessional education and practice experiences for students before they enter residencies, will be explored in this presentation. The six domains of the CLER will be outlined, and the opportunities for interprofessional education and experiences throughout the continuum of medical school and residency training will be discussed. The challenges for ongoing evaluation and measurements of patient outcomes remains a challenge. Participants will actively participate in discussion and will be involved in the Q&A period of this program. 

  • Cecilia Rokusek, EdD, MSc, RD, Assistant Dean of Education, Planning and Research, NSU- COM
  • Victoria Kaprielian, MD, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Medical Education, CUSOM
  • Stacey Pinnock, MSW, Director of Interprofessional Education, NSU- COM

Thursday, April 23

8:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Plenary Session

Single GME sessionEvolutionary Transformations: Realizing the Promise of a Competency-Based Approach to Medical Education

The presentations, as a whole, will allow for: historical understanding of the background and development of competencies, milestones, and EPAs; providing context to the integration of these innovations in the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education; introduction and affirmation of the ‘language’ and purpose of these concepts; discussion of potential engagement of our institutions in developing, incorporating, assessing, and further maturing these concepts into their curricula; providing perspective on how these concepts relate to single accreditation; and describing a positive vision for the future. 

  • Eric Holmboe, MD, Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, ACGME
  • Karin Esposito, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
  • Robert Cain, DO, Associate Dean for GME, OU-HCOM & Chief Academic Officer, Centers for Osteopathic Research & Education (CORE), OU-HCOM
  • Jill Patton, DO, Internal Medicine Program Director, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Margaret A. Wilson, DO, Dean, ATSU-KCOM

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Brief Sessions:

Single GME sessionIntegrating OMT in an ACGME-Accredited FM Post-Grad Training Program: Challenges and Solutions

Attendees will review common challenges to the performance of OMT by osteopathic physicians in allopathic post-graduate training programs. At the end of the session, learners should be able to identify challenges in their own programs, as well as create realistic solutions to overcome those barriers. The importance of retaining our unique osteopathic heritage will also be discussed.

  • Gautam J. Desai, DO, Professor, Department of Primary Care Medicine, KCU-COM
  • William Cox, DO, Chair, Department of Primary Care Medicine, KCU-COM
  • John J. Dougherty, DO, Senior Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Medical Affairs, KCU-COM
  • Stephen Salanski, MD, Research Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Research Medical Center

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Dual Sessions:

Single GME sessionOhio OPTI's Strategic Initiatives on the Road to Single Accreditation

Attendees will understand the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education’s (CORE) journey to single accreditation. CORE has embarked on different strategic initiatives that will guide operational decisions, drive program development, and ensure an osteopathically-focused learning environment. These strategies include the development of a transition and operations team, bimonthly CORE Town Hall Meetings, involvement at the national level, internal assessments and evaluations, and assessment-driven educational opportunities. Simultaneous preparation for the transition to single accreditation has prompted CORE to document systematic strategies related to AOA accreditation, which will assist us not only in maintenance of current accreditation status, but also in comparison of existing requirements within the AOA and within ACGME so that best practices can be used for single accreditation.

  • Olivia T. Ojano Sheehan, PhD, Assistant Director, Faculty Development, OU-HCOM
  • Joyce E. Jadwin, PsyD, Assistant Director, Faculty Development, OU-HCOM

Single GME sessionSingle Accreditation System: Crossing that Bridge

This presentation will provide a concise review of the single accreditation system including: what we have learned with limited defined processes; the differences between AOA and ACGME institutional and programmatic requirements; and how to track assessment and evaluation requirements in a systematic way. Presenters will share the strategies utilized at their own institution in order to implement best practices of requirements, facilitate discussion regarding potential changes, and faculty development during this process.

  • John Dougherty, DO, Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs and GME, KCU-COM
  • Kerrie Jordan, MS, C-TAGME, Administrative Director, GME, KCU-COM

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Deep Dive: Single GME Accreditation

This session will offer the latest information and guidance on the transition to the single graduate medical education accreditation system. Download Agenda. This is the third and last educational event in a series designed by the ACGME, AOA, and AACOM Joint Education Committee. The goal of this event is to introduce osteopathic medical educators to ACGME, the institutional and program application process and to provide an opportunity for discussion with key leaders in ACGME. This event follows significant developments that will take place in the transition process, and will be an opportunity to learn more about the latest updates. Speakers will consist of representatives from the ACGME, including:

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