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AACOM Announces Cancellation of in-Person Annual Conference

March 11, 2020



Paul DeMiglio
Manager of Media Relations

(Bethesda, MD) — Due to the growing and uncertain path of the coronavirus public health crisis, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) cancelled its in-person annual conference, Educating Leaders 2020, in Washington, DC. A streamlined, online version of Educating Leaders 2020 is in the process of being developed. Attendees are urged to continue to save the dates of March 25-27 for AACOM's reformatted conference programming.

The transition of Educating Leaders 2020 to a virtual format advances the goal of AACOM's leadership by helping medical professionals remain present in their hospitals and communities at this critical time so they are available to serve patients, including those affected by COVID-19. 

"This decision is consistent with AACOM's mission and reflects the cornerstone of what defines the osteopathic medical profession—a duty to care for patients first and promote the health of our fellow citizens above all else," said Robert A. Cain, DO, AACOM President and CEO. "The Association's annual conference attendees include numerous health care professionals, whose chief priority is to care for patients. AACOM is committed to keeping the front-line members of our community nearer to their patients as the demand for their services grows increasingly urgent."

Later this week, attendees will be provided with a new agenda for the online version of Education Leaders 2020. Visit AACOM's Educating Leaders 2020 homepage for updates on the status of the online version of the conference, registration information, and more.