Since the 2011 inception of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and all of its member colleges of osteopathic medicine, in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), have pledged to ensure that current and future physicians are educated and trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members and veterans, and their families.
In the months leading up to this year’s Veterans Day holiday, AACOM member colleges were encouraged by the association to organize their own military medicine educational activity for their students on the day that honors our nation’s veterans. This inaugural effort was supported by collaborative work between AACOM and its members, along with instructional resources developed by AACOM specifically for the program. Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) and University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) each held military medicine educational events in conjuction with this effort.
For more information about the Joining Forces Veterans Day educational effort, contact AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education Tyler Cymet, DO (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Administrative Assistant Kate Hirsch (email@example.com).
Looking forward, AACOM will hold several military medicine-related concurrent sessions at the upcoming Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Meeting, to be held April 24-27, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland.
AACOM is currently developing other Joining Forces projects. Check the AACOM Joining Forces web page regularly for updates.