AACOM President Presents at FSMB 100th Annual Meeting

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, traveled to Fort Worth, TX, April 26-28 to participate in the Federation of State Medical Boards' (FSMB) 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting. Dr. Shannon served as a panelist and presenter during a session entitled "Advances in Undergraduate Medical Education." More than 500 physicians and public representatives from the medical regulatory community attended the meeting.

AACOM President Attends AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference

The Association of American Medical Colleges held its 8th Annual Physician Workforce Research Conference May 3-4 in Washington, DC. The theme for this year's event was "Stretching our Health Workforce to Meet Population Need." AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the conference and met with researchers, educators, and policymakers to discuss the nation's current health care workforce challenges and innovative approaches to mitigating them.

VP for Research & Application Services Travels to Malaysia

On March 15, AACOM Vice President for Research & Application Services Thomas Levitan, MEd, participated in a poster presentation highlighting AACOM research on elements affecting school choices of the 2010 osteopathic medical college applicant pool. The presentation was given at the 15th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The poster, entitled “Factors Influencing Applicant Choice of Osteopathic and Allopathic Medical Schools,” is available at

AACOM Presents “Your Future & GME” at ACOFP Meeting

On March 16, at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians  (ACOFP) Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars in Kissimmee, FL, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, participated in a workshop on graduate medical education led by the Student ACOFP.  The presentation covered topics such as application processes for residency programs and a review of this year’s residency match.

Application Services Staff Work with GA-PCOM Students at Recruitment Event

Many of the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges participated in the Pre-Medical Fair at this year’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) National Conference, April 4-8, in Atlanta, GA. AACOM Associate Director of Application Services Gina Moses, MEd, with the assistance of AACOM Vice President for Research & Application Services Thomas Levitan, MEd, led a workshop showcasing the osteopathic medical profession for interested pre-med students. Several volunteers from the Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) were enlisted to help run the workshop, performing OMT demonstrations as well as answering questions about OME academics and training. Mr. Nimit Patidar, OMS II; Ms. Holly Brown, OMS II, Student Ambassador Leader, Teaching & Methods Committee; and Ms. Annise Chung, OMS III, each volunteered their time to aid the recruitment effort.

AACOM Government Relations Team Addresses WVSOM Students

On April 12, AACOM Director of Government Relations Pamela Murphy and Assistant Director of Government Relations Mary-Lynn Bender, presented to students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine on the association’s legislative priorities and advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Murphy provided an overview of the federal political landscape and AACOM’s legislative efforts to address the current threats to graduate medical education as well as potential cuts to health professions and primary care programs, which benefit colleges of osteopathic medicine and their students. Ms. Murphy also addressed the rise in medical student debt and AACOM’s strong advocacy in Congress to help alleviate the debt burden for medical students by supporting legislative proposals to lower interest rates on federal student loans as well as supporting increased funding for public service loan programs, such as the National Health Service Corps. She also discussed the recent U.S. Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.   

Ms. Bender highlighted the importance of student involvement in supporting AACOM’s advocacy efforts and urged students to become involved by applying for AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Intern Program and signing up as subscribers to AACOM Action and Information Alerts. Ms. Bender called for increased advocacy from osteopathic medical students and stressed the necessity of this mobilization to help elevate AACOM’s outreach to Congress. She also discussed AACOM’s Government Relations Department’s efforts in utilizing social media to increase its outreach to Congress, federal agencies, and media.  

Discovery Fit & Health’s “Untold Stories of the ER” Requests Encore Performance

AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, has been asked by associates from Discovery Fit and Health to return to the set of the television series “Untold Stories of the ER” for the filming of a second DO-centered episode. The episode, tentatively entitled “Pipe in Throat,” will feature Dr. Cymet and two additional osteopathic physicians who have not been confirmed. Filming is scheduled to begin in July. The explicit air date for this episode has not yet been disclosed.

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