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(Bethesda, MD)—The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is pleased to announce Mark Speicher, PhD, MHA, as Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research, effective March 5, 2018. He succeeds Thomas Levitan, MEd, interim SVP for Medical Education and Research, who retired in June of 2017 after holding AACOM leadership positions for 12 years. Dr. Speicher most recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) from 2007 to 2018.
As the SVP of Medical Education and Research, Dr. Speicher will lead AACOM’s efforts to determine the current state and future development of osteopathic medical education (OME). He will direct AACOM’s medical education program activities, monitor developments affecting OME, evaluate educational programs that focus on developing the highest quality doctors, and work closely with AACOM’s member colleges to improve existing programs and propose new ones as needed.
Dr. Speicher’s previous research at AZCOM focused on improving student performance and outcomes in classes, on examinations (including COMLEX and USMLE), in clinical rotations, and in the residency match. His research also explored the impacts on patients from the quality, number, and specialty choice of the physicians AZCOM trains. He has taught and lectured students at AZCOM on topics including clinical case simulation, biostatistics, and COMLEX and USMLE performance.
Dr. Speicher’s first-hand experience in osteopathic research and teaching will greatly benefit AACOM and the osteopathic community. AACOM is excited to welcome Dr. Speicher and utilize his expertise to serve the Association’s member colleges across the nation.
AACOM has recognized Dr. Speicher's research with a Medical Education Research Grant Award for the last two years for his project “Improving the Predictive Value of Clinical Clerkship Grades in Estimated Competence in Entrustable Professional Activities.” His study entitled “The Value of Osteopathic Clinical Care: A Multi-Level Analysis” has also recently secured grants from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
Dr. Speicher received his doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University, his master's in health administration from Duke University, and his bachelor’s in social work from the University of Akron.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.
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 promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.