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AACOM Releases Statement on Vaccines, Announces Educating Leaders Plenary Speakers and Reports on Empathy Findings

You'll also read about the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, the SOME Innovation Awards and More


January 21, 2021


Programs & Initiatives

AACOM issued a statement encouraging the use of vaccines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives in our communities. We also urge individuals seeking information about COVID-19 vaccination to consult credible sources to battle misinformation about vaccine safety.


The award-winning Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POMEE) has found important relationships between empathy scores and race and ethnicity in favor of African American and Latinx respondents. Empathy is positively correlated with medical school success and patient health. Therefore, a more empathic and more diverse healthcare workforce could lead to improved health outcomes for all patient populations, especially those from minority or underserved communities. of AACOM's recent POMEE webinar to learn more about the project.

Awards & Leadership

Dr. Mann will begin her role this upcoming spring. Serving the underserved is fundamental to her core beliefs, and Dr. Mann describes herself as “a solid, flexible, optimistic and introspective leader who is approachable and never backs down from a challenge.”

Educating Leaders

Join celebrated author and speaker Shawn Achor for a can't miss presentation during Educating Leaders 2021, the AACOM Annual Conference. Drawing on a decade of research at Harvard University and work in over 50 countries, his talk will dispel the conventional wisdom that if you work harder, you will be more successful and feel happier.

Join us at Educating Leaders 2021 to be among the 30 million people who have learned techniques from Vanessa Van Edwards to understand the hidden forces that drive our behaviors. She is renowned for teaching science-backed people skills to audiences around the world.

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Campus Roundup

You'll also read about a KCU-COM student's publication on spiritual conflict, WVSOM's international research society recognition, an RVUCOM student's election to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association board of directors and more.

Pathways to Leadership

Are you a fourth-year medical student or current medical resident physician? Learn more about the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators Residents and Fellows Council (RFC), a valuable community and forum that provides residents a platform for discussion, leadership and connection. Applications for the RFC are accepted on a rolling basis.

Become an Osteopathic Health Policy Intern

AACOM's Osteopathic Health Policy Internship Program will develop your knowledge of federal healthcare and higher education policy and teach you how to have a foundational impact on public policy formulation. The application cycle ends next week, January 29, at 11:59 PM ET. Apply for this virtual experience today!

Applications Now Open

Have you recently participated in an innovative project of value to other osteopathic medical educators? AACOM is now accepting applications to award researchers who combine ingenuity and innovative methods to create a fully realized project. Applications are due by February 15.

Join a Growing Group of Policy Leaders

AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF) is a prestigious, year-long leadership training program for osteopathic physicians and other associated health professionals to develop the skills they need to analyze, formulate and implement health policy on the local, state and national levels. Apply to join this distinguished group of fellows.

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