The 2014-15 Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) convened January 16-18 for its annual Winter Business Meeting in Raleigh, NC. The meeting was hosted by the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), where 260 attendees gathered from various national and medical organizations, including several AACOM representatives Tyler Cymet, DO; Luke Mortensen, PhD; Gina Moses, MEd.
Under the leadership of National Chair Carisa Champion-Lippmann, osteopathic medical student at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), the COSGP Executive Board assembled on Thursday, January 15. The Execute Board convened prior to the general COSGP meeting in order to address business related to leadership, internal council issues, and resolutions on the representation for students and the osteopathic profession at COSGP meetings.
The council used the annual meeting as an opportunity to enrich current relationships with fellow medical students and professionals in the osteopathic medical community, as well as interact with national organizations, including CrossFit and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Among other agenda items covered, highlights of the 2015 Winter Meeting included:
- The Leadership Series – focused on leadership training, and included a presentation by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) student Lousia Sethi, who described “persuasive communication.”
- Professionalism – with presentations by CUSOM Dean John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, and Associate Dean Robert T. Hasty, DO, on the subject.
- Special school reports by COSGP members – the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) student representatives Kelly Joyce and Joelle Pottst; Fritz Stine for the University of Pikeville—Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM); and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) student representative Kortnee Koziara.
- COSGP Communications Representative Renee Sarno’s presentation about “transitioning leadership roles.”
- Guest lectures, Executive Board and General Council presentations, and open discussions on topics such as the status of the proposed unified graduate medical education accreditation system.
In conjunction with the COSGP Business Meeting, there were opportunities to participate in various events, which provided ways to achieve not only progress in osteopathic medical education, but also in other aspects of health care through community-based efforts.
This year, COSGP launched the new and noteworthy program, DO4U: Reps for Vets. For the event, COSGP teamed-up with CrossFit and the Wounded Warriors Project, offering attendees a unique “REP 4 VETS CrossFit Challenge” at the CrossFit007 gym in Lillington, NC on Sunday, January 18. Through these partnerships and the generous participation of meeting attendees, COSGP was able to make a substantial donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits our nation’s veterans. See this month's Joining Forces Update for more information on this event.
COSGP also worked with CUSOM to host the Campbell Research Poster Competition & Exhibition—an interprofessional research competition for which 30 posters were submitted, not only from CUSOM and the visiting osteopathic medical schools, but also from several departments within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences including Clinical Research, Pharmacy, and Exercise Science—held on Friday, January 16.
The schedule for the event included poster presentations and judging, and special presentations by—COSGP Research Representative Eric Goldwaser on “Diabetes Type Three: The Freakonomics of Alzheimer Disease”; COSGP Global Health Representative Ricky Kalia’s presentation with the committee on “International Outreach Experience: Infectious Diseases”; and the winning submission presented by a team from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM).
Immediately following each meeting, the COSGP Executive Board conducts an electronic survey to solicit council member feedback on the board’s choices for speakers, activities, etc., for self-reflection and improvement of the next meeting.
The next COSGP meeting will be held Thursday, April 23 at the AACOM 2015 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Visit the newly updated COSGP website for more information on upcoming events, and for how to become a council member.
The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), led by Chair Steven Jorden, MA, Director of Student Financial Services, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, convened its annual in-person meeting on January 15 at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2015 Professional Development Conference (PDC) for Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators in San Antonio, TX.
The Council approved minutes from its October 22, 2014 meeting and received an update and overview from Alegneta Long, MPP, AACOM Program Manager, on the national implementation of the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system. Ms. Long provided background information and a timeline of significant developments in GME as the changes relate to osteopathic medical education and the transition to a new, single GME accreditation system. Pamela Murphy, MSW, AACOM Vice President of Government Affairs and Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs, provided an overview of CSFAA’s history, mission, and purpose, and Ms. Bender provided an update on the 2015 AACOM-Sponsored Student Financial Aid Debt Management Modules. The Council then discussed other items of interest, including the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment and state authorization regulations. The next meeting will take place via conference call on April 7.