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Dr. Cain Honors AANHPI Heritage Month, Congratulating This Year's Graduates, AACOM's Statement on Virtual Residency Interviewing and More




MAY 26

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From the President

This May we celebrate the rich and diverse history and contributions made by Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. The theme for this year’s heritage month is “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration,” which reminds us how collaboration is integral not just to healthcare, but to the benefit of everyone.

"The tragic deaths this week at an elementary school in Texas and earlier this month at a grocery store in Buffalo and a church in California are heartbreaking and maddening. There have been 27 school shootings with injuries or deaths this year. There should not be division over the loss of these young lives. There should be outrage."

In his letter to the editor at , Dr. Cain outlines the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that colleges of osteopathic medicine and AACOM are taking today to ensure a diverse physician workforce tomorrow.

AACOM Statements & Releases

To all graduating osteopathic medical students, your commencement marks a particularly notable milestone and AACOM applauds you for your uniquely impressive accomplishment. When you started medical school four years ago, you had no way of knowing you would be conducting rotations amid the stress of a pandemic. Completing your clinical education entirely under these conditions is an accomplishment unlike any other class before you.

AACOM strongly recommends that residency programs give students, from every background and medical school, the option to interview in person or virtually during the 2022-23 application cycle. The only way to ensure all medical students have a fair and equitable opportunity to match is to let the students decide how best to present themselves as they interview for positions they will have for the next three to seven years.


Following a highly competitive review process, AACOM has selected two osteopathic medical students to participate in the association’s Osteopathic Health Policy Internship (OHPI) Program. The OHPI Program enables osteopathic medical students to develop knowledge of federal healthcare and higher education policy and deepens their understanding of how to have a foundational impact on public policy formulation.

Advocates will take two policy priorities to their legislators this year for AACOM Advocacy Day. The first is to guarantee graduate medical education (GME) parity for DOs and the second is to increase National Institutes of Health funding for COMs. Register today to raise your voice to improve the future of osteopathic medical education.

News Briefs

Professional Development

This is the final week to submit an application for the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship, which will remain open until May 31. Begin your application today and join a cohort of like-minded and ambitious individuals ready to develop the skills they need to analyze, formulate and implement health policy on the local, state and national levels.

AOGME Webinar Series

Join us for a webinar on June 22 at 4:00 PM ET featuring Drs. Elizabeth Zmuda and Andrew Eilerman of OhioHealth Doctors Hospital as they share their model for supporting Osteopathic Recognition for multiple GME programs at an osteopathic teaching site that is part of a larger Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited sponsoring institution.

Campus Roundup

You’ll also read about KCU-COM Joplin twin graduates, WVSOM’s initiative to have opioid overdose rescue kits on campus, UNTHSC/TCOM’s student of the year and PCOM’s female student leaders excelling at the national level.

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