AACOM recently hosted the first-ever National Recruitment Summit January 31-February 1 its headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. The history-making event brought together the “Big Four” national osteopathic medical student leadership organizations—the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA), and the Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association (COMSA)—to discuss the history of their partnerships with AACOM, current representation, and future vision in osteopathic medical education (OME) and the profession.
Members of AACOM staff and leadership were also in attendance at the meeting, including AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, who joined the students at Friday’s dinner and participated in Saturday’s sessions at the AACOM headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD (pictured right).
The purpose of the meeting was to build relationships and coordinate the actions and plans among the “Big Four” in conjunction with AACOM. It provided an open forum for national student leaders to engage with one another and discuss pertinent topics such as recruitment efforts, strategies for raising the awareness of osteopathic medical education and the profession, and deciphering where the groups’ respective missions intersect in order to foster and enhance continued collaboration. A primary goal of the summit was to identify opportunities to evaluate and align the student associations to better support AACOM’s mission and strategic plan. The meeting also focused on discussions for promoting and positioning osteopathic medicine as the preferred pathway in medical education.
The current and soon-to-be presidents of each national student council convened on Saturday, January 31, at AACOM’s office for an opening welcome, for which each student leader gave a brief introduction of themselves, noting why they chose osteopathic medicine. Student leaders of each association also presented a brief history of their national association mission and goals, and their past/current and future collaboration with AACOM’s Recruitment Department.
Other highlights of the meeting agenda included:
- COMSA’s presentation and research findings, “Canadian Outreach & Outcomes.”
- “History & Perspective: Where we were, where we are now, & where we aspire to go, together!” delivered by Gina Moses, MEd, about AACOM’s recruitment and collaboration over the years with various groups, during which she noted the important role that the “Big Four” student leaders/ambassadors play in AACOM’s recruitment expectations.
- Debbie Benvenger’s discussion on AACOM’s collaboration with all of the U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), providing a perspective for how medical students help enhance AACOM’s recruitment strategies and events.
- Discussion of “AACOM’s Mission & Strategy, Goals, Collaboration, and Vision for Future!” and identification of major calendar events for the groups to collaborate. The session also included discussions about outreach and marketing, social media, and recruitment materials.
- Focus group questions and feedback from student leaders on Multi-COM recruitment events (Pre-SOMA conferences, National Osteopathic Night Out, and National ShaDO Week) to aid COMs admissions directors.
The AACOM National Recruitment Summit provided invaluable feedback and insight for both AACOM’s national recruitment efforts, and individual COM recruitment efforts.
For information about the next National AACOM Recruitment Summit and other upcoming AACOM recruitment events, visit the COM recruiting events web page.