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Meeting Recaps

Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals

Led by Chair Pamela Ruoff, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the AACOM Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals held a full-day meeting on Thursday, April 14, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. In addition to conducting general Council business, participants “attended” the online Council for Advancement and Support of Education webinar, “Annual Giving: An Update – the Measures and the Trends.” Participants also benefited from a variety of colleague-led presentations, including “Engaging Students on Campus and Rotation Years: Use of Class Chairs”; “Producing Meaningful Reunion Events”; and “Successful Alumni Relations = Successful Development: How do you measure results?” The council will gather again during the fall American Osteopathic Association convention.

Council of Information and Technology (CIT)

Several members of the Council of Information and Technology (CIT), three educators, a National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners representative and two Council of Osteopathic Student Government President members, met on April 14 during the Joint AACOM & AODME 2011 Annual Meeting. Participants discussed restructuring the Council to better meet the needs of educators and students through innovative technology applications.  Chair Chellapella Kumar, PhD, Chief Information Officer and Professor, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology, who led the group for more than five years, announced prior to the meeting that he would be stepping down as Chair.  Dr. Kumar’s dedicated services as Chair have been very much appreciated over the years.  Arnold Hassen, PhD, Director of Medical Informatics and Professor, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, offered to serve as the Council’s new Chair.  Dr. Hassen was CIT’s first Chair when the Council was formed in 2001.

Actions included a decision to disband the Council of Information Technology as it is currently structured and to create a new technology-focused group with individuals, to be defined, who have a broader role in assisting faculty and students in the medical education process through the use of appropriate technologies.  A new name for the group will also be developed, and a recommendation for the development of the new group will be brought back to AACOM for approval.    

The attendees also discussed the challenges of online testing and making lectures available online and in what formats; the need for faculty development so faculty are more comfortable with using new technologies; and how to meet student needs through technology.  The new group will meet via webinar, and the technology listserv will be expanded to include a broader group of individuals.

Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL)

At the 2011 Annual Meeting the Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL) sponsored "Osteopathic Research Trends and Publishing Options." Materials from this session can be found on the AACOM website. COOL holds its formal meetings in conjunction with the National Medical Library Association.

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

The Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO) met at the Annual Meeting on Friday, April 15. Items discussed included a status report on the MR5 MCAT review presented by Erin Quinn, PhD, a member of the MR5 working group; a report on prior year recruiting activities and plans for the future; a preliminary report on a review of the impact of the AACOMAS grade replacement policy on applications; and a report on the AACOMAS Fee Waiver program.

The Council celebrated Carol Fox of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), who has announced her retirement as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at PCOM after an illustrious career.

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents held activities from Wednesday to Sunday at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2011 Annual Meeting. COSGP also co-sponsored the concurrent sessions, “Social Networking in Medical Education: Opportunities and Disasters” and “Professionalism in the Education of Osteopathic Medical Students,” with other AACOM Councils, as well as “Innovations in Formative Evaluations,” with the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators. On Friday, the Council conducted business and held COSGP committee meetings. COSGP members heard presentations from: Tyler Cymet, DO, Associate Vice President for Medical Education, AACOM; Paul S. Garrard, Founder and President, PGP Presents, LLC; John Gimpel, DO, MEd, President and CEO, National Board of Medical Examiners; Pamela Murphy, MSW, Director of Government Relations, AACOM; Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President & CEO, AACOM; and Beth Varadian, OMS-III. On Saturday, the following COSGP Executive Board members were elected:
  • Chair: Beth Varadian, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology
  • AOA Board of Trustees Representative: Mansoor Jatoi, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • 1st Vice Chair: Joe Borup, A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Cris Mathew, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Secretary: Stephanie Tang, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Treasurer: Darion Showell, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Parliamentarian: Maxwell Braverman, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University  

Council of Researchers (COR)

AACOM’s Council of Researchers (COR) met with members of the Medical Education Research Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Annual Meeting on April 14.  The groups worked together to explore various opportunities for collaboration in research on Medical Education Research.  Among topics discussed were:
  • AACOM website and calendar for the SIG
  • Create a distribution list instead of a listserv
  • Create a downloadable spreadsheet of funding and collaboration possibilities to be housed within the AACOM Data and Trends web page
  • Explore a moderated professional/social networking function (e.g., Linked In) and use “aacom-med research sig” as group title/name
  • Link COGSP (AACOM leadership) with SIG research mentors
  • Connect with students via Student Osteopathic Medical Association (research posters at AOA) and COSGP (research representatives); explore possibility of COGSP participation in the annual RDCOMs meeting via videoconference/Skype.
  • Development of a monograph publication system
  • Contact Leonard H. Calabrese, DO, principal investigator on the “Osteopathic Empathy and Holistic Healing/Developing Empathy During Osteopathic Medical Education” study, to discuss possibilities for expanding the study to other COMs

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chairperson Kimberly Brown, PhD, Director of Finance, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, convened a meeting via conference call on April 18, 2011.  The CSFAA approved minutes from its January in-person meeting and held a debriefing session on its recently held AACOM-sponsored financial aid resources webinar series featuring Paul S. Garrard, Founder and President, PGPresents, LLC. 

Other discussion topics included student financial aid provisions of interest in the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request, a review of the student financial aid page on the AACOM website, and Council members’ continued utilization of the members-only CSFAA Collaborative Site on the AACOM website.

The next CSFAA meeting will be held via conference call on Monday, July 11.

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)

The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) met April 6-9 in Blacksburg, VA, at Virginia Tech.  Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department Chairs met to discuss issues that would advance the science of manual medicine, share some of their best research practices in the osteopathic community, and review research projects conducted on osteopathic manipulative medicine. Members also reviewed and updated the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology, 2011 Editionand discussed Clinical Osteopathically Integrated Learning Scenarios. A subgroup of the Council was formed to work on a white paper focusing on the teaching of osteopathy in the cranial field, and members examined the ratio of faculty to students in teaching technical skills.  

David Mason, DO, of University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his term as Chair of the group, and Kevin Treffer of KCUMB assumed the Chair position for the next two years. New officers include:

  • Chair:  Kevin Treffer, DO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Vice Chair:  Kendi Hensel, DO, University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Secretary:  Heather Ferrill, DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Historian:  John Jones, DO, MEd, William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sergeant at Arms:  Mark Sandhouse, DO, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee (MAC)

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee (MAC) met on April 14, 2011, at the Annual Meeting. A number of topics were discussed, including an overview of AACOM-related communications/marketing activities and accomplishments. These included such items as the forthcoming website upgrades, the “Tell the DO Story” initiative, and the publication of fall 2010 and spring 2011 osteopathic student application and enrollment data in the higher education press. Discussion also centered on future MAC meetings and the type of format and sessions that would appeal to a broader range of MAC members, thus increasing attendance. To ascertain what AACOM and MAC can do to improve attendance and boost interest, a survey will be sent to all MAC members and affiliated college communications professionals in the near future. In addition, the communications awards process was discussed at length, as was the issue of developing unified responses to U.S. News & World Report and other rating systems. MAC members also discussed the challenges they faced at their colleges, and shared various communications-related accomplishments. Pierre A. Bellicini, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his term as MAC Chair, and Karoline E. Lane, MLS, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine has taken over the position. MAC’s new secretary is Scott Colton, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators

The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) met April 14, at the Annual Meeting. Chair Mark A. W. Andrews, PhD, began the meeting by holding elections, giving updates and discussing new business. AACOM Vice President for Medical Education Linda Heun, PhD, was presented with an award for her outstanding leadership by Dr. Andrews and Chair-Elect Patricia S. Sexton, DHEd. Attendees listened to the following presentations:
  • “Prevention in Medical Education and Use of the ePSS electronic tool,” by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality representatives
  • “Innovations in Formative Evaluations,” by Lindsay LaCorte, OMS III, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Robert A. Cain, DO, Director of Medical Education, Grandview Medical Center & Clinical Professor, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; and R. Taylor Scott, DO, Director, Osteopathic Curriculum, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • “The Science of Learning (with a focus on reflection)” by Gail Feinberg, DO, OPTI Director, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; and Don Sefcik, DO, Senior Associate Dean, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

*Look for more council updates in the June issue of Inside OME.

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