Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, MPH, Named Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

McClain to oversee the publication’s medical education efforts, including the new medical education section

CHICAGO – May 11, 2015 – Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, MPH, was appointed associate editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), with responsibility for coverage of medical education, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), announced today.

AOA is the professional home for the nation’s more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research, and service.

With Dr. McClain’s appointment as associate editor, the JAOA will launch a new medical education section that represents the joint efforts of the JAOA and AACOM in positively shaping the curriculum, training, outcomes, and policy in osteopathic medical education to recruit and review manuscripts that advance osteopathic medical research.  She will also lead content development for the annual osteopathic medical education issue.

“Dr. McClain joins JAOA leadership at a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity in osteopathic medical education,” said JAOA Editor in Chief Robert Orenstein, DO. “She has the background and skills to encourage creativity, collaboration and innovation in our colleges, and we hope her efforts will stimulate more quality research for the profession.” 

“AACOM’s competitive selection of Dr. McClain as the first associate editor for medical education for the new joint AACOM-AOA JAOA venture in medical education scholarship marks the beginning of a promising collaboration. Dr. McClain was chosen because she brings years of experience and resourcefulness to this journalistic collaboration and to AACOM’s objectives in fostering opportunities for research and scholarship for its members,” said AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH. “With her professional leadership in this role, and the support of AACOM’s advisory committee, Dr. McClain will be able to help grow the recruitment, evaluation, and dissemination of scholarly peer-reviewed work in osteopathic medical education research as she works with Dr. Orenstein and the JAOA staff.”

Dr. McClain is assistant dean of Academic Affairs and of Clinical Education at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU-COM) in Missouri. She is also a co-director for KCU-COM’s Global Health track and a research faculty member for its osteopathic manipulative medicine fellowship. Dr. McClain has led program development in public health, graduate medical residency training, and undergraduate medicine specialty tracks in global health and military medicine.

“Serving as an associate editor for the JAOA is a tremendous opportunity because the challenges of medical education are fueling innovation,” Dr. McClain says. “My goal is to encourage research and publication that will maintain and strengthen the osteopathic medical profession.”

Dr. McClain received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, where she also earned a PhD in curriculum and evaluation and a master’s degree in public health.


About The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association. Edited by Robert Orenstein, DO, it is the premier scholarly peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession. The JAOA’s mission is to advance medicine through the publication of peer-reviewed osteopathic research.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to provide leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public. AACOM represents the 31 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States, which are accredited to deliver instruction at 44 teaching locations in 29 states. In the 2014-15 academic year, these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians—more than 25 percent of new first-year U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public, and 25 are private institutions.