Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference Explores Innovations and Opportunities along the Continuum of Osteopathic Medical Education

The Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference, held April 22-25 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL brought together a truly diverse group of attendees representing various aspects of the osteopathic medical education continuum in presentations, posters, focus sessions, and various other meetings-within-a-meeting to deliberate and collaborate on a vast array of topics and activities under the theme: “The Osteopathic Medical Education Continuum: Exploring Opportunities & Achieving New Milestones.”

More than 1000 attendees and exhibitors helped to make this year’s event our largest and most successful conference to date. The program content was replete with five well-attended pre-conference workshops, three engaging and timely plenary sessions, 46 peer-reviewed scientific poster presentations, and 99 individual educational sessions. Popular session topics included high priority items such as the Single Accreditation System (SAS) and other GME focus items particularly as they relate to the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and learner preparation for residency. Sessions focusing on entrustable professional activities, AACOM data, interprofessional education and practice, assessment and evaluation, competency-based education, osteopathic principles and distinctiveness, social media, and technology were also highlights of this year’s conference. Visit the AACOM 2015 Annual Conference landing page to view session and poster presentation materials, photos, and other relevant resources.

The opening keynote address on Wednesday, April 22 brought the attendees together in a future-thinking presentation by Thomas Nasca, MD, President and CEO of the ACGME, and which focused on the single accreditation system. The session was very well attended, germane to AACOM and AODME communities, and helped to establish a foundational and centering theme for the remainder of the conference.

Equally appreciated by the registrants was the plenary panel session held on Thursday, April 23. The four panelists provided unifying perspectives on the innovative idea of ‘entrustments’ as they relate to preparation of medical students for graduate medical education in a session entitled: “Evolutionary Transformations: Realizing the Promise of a Competency-Based Approach to Medical Education.” Providing their experienced views were: Eric Holmboe, MD, Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, ACGME; Karin Esposito, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University; Robert Cain, DO, Associate Dean for GME, OU-HCOM & Chief Academic Officer, Centers for Osteopathic Research & Education (CORE), OU-HCOM; and Jill Patton, DO, Internal Medicine Program Director, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. AACOM’s 2015 conference program planning chair, Margaret A. Wilson, DO, Dean, ATSU-KCOM moderated the session and fielded audience questions. The final plenary speaker for the week was K. Scott Griffith, MSc, Founding Partner and Principal Collaborator, Scott Griffith Collaborative Solutions, LLC, who provided a provocative discussion to medical education leadership in a presentation entitled, “An Opportunity for Osteopathic Medical Education to Create Change in Healthcare: What is Collaborative “Just Culture?”

Another highlight from this year’s program was a four-hour deep dive session on the SAS, featuring AACOM, AOA, and ACGME leadership and staff, including John R. Potts, III, MD, Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation, ACGME; Patricia M. Surdyk, PhD, Special Advisor to the Institutional Review Committee, ACGME; Eric Holmboe, MD, Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, ACGME; Rebecca Miller, MS, Senior Vice President, Applications and Data Analysis, ACGME; Robert Cain, DO, Chair, Osteopathic Principles Committee, ACGME , Chair, Osteopathic Principles Committee, ACGME; and Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME. The session focused on various topics including: institutional and program accreditation, milestones, application processes, osteopathic recognition for GME programs, as well as a dedicated time to address audience questions and commentary.

Friday, April 24 ended with our traditional and always highly anticipated awards banquet. This year, we honored several exemplars in the osteopathic medical education community with national awards including the AACOM Board of Deans William D. Miller Award, presented to Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, and the Robert A. Kistner Award, presented to Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, PhD, CAE. Awards were also conferred to the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Innovation in Medical Education Award winners, the National Student DO of the Year, National Student Researcher of the Year (SROY), Outstanding Advancement in Osteopathic Medical Education Award, and the Excellence in Communications Best in Show. In addition, several new National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) Fellows were announced as well as re-applicants and an emeritus fellow. View the related press release for more information.

The attendance at this year’s conference marks an additional trending point that demonstrates the growing value that our membership places in this event. It is our hope that the programming and fellowship that the conference provides will continue to draw our communities together for critical conversations and innovative collaborations in the future.

Even now, AACOM is moving into its planning timeline for next year’s 2016 Annual Conference to be held April 6-9 in Washington DC. Please mark your calendars now!

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