Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Conference
"The Osteopathic Medical Education Continuum: Exploring Opportunities & Achieving New Milestones"

As we move into 2015, AACOM and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) are working hard to create an exciting event that challenges attendees, dives deeply into timely and innovative topics, promotes dialogue and discovery, and provides a top-notch venue for renewing relationships as well as meeting new colleagues and friends. 

From April 22-25 at the Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, we will experience powerful keynote speakers, hear provocative panel discussions and presentations, explore contemporary and pioneering topics, and learn about new trends both within the osteopathic medical education (OME) community as well as along the entire medical education landscape. We are especially pleased to be co-hosting this event with AODME, whose members and leaders bring insight and richness to education throughout the OME continuum. As the premiere annual event for OME, the Annual Conference provides an excellent experience for all members of our academic and clinical training community. In this time of transition and change in medical education, we especially encourage faculty and administrators from our newer colleges to join their colleagues for the wealth of best practice experiences that are offered in OME.

The daily keynote presentations will offer attendees innovative perspectives on the topics of single GME accreditation, entrustable professional activities (EPAs), milestones and core competencies as applied within undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education (GME), as well as discussions on leadership development in collaborative solutions toward a ‘Just Culture’ in OME.

Here are just a few of the kinds of conference sessions and pre-conference workshops currently planned (visit our registration and program Web pages for more details):

  • Competencies, Milestones, and EPAs: Strategies for Assessment Using ePortfolios Pre-Conference Workshop – With the ACGME instituting resident portfolios as a requirement for evaluation, and the criteria in development for undergraduate evaluation, the portfolio process is rapidly making its way into the accreditation of medical education. This pre-conference workshop will be very popular so I recommend registering early.

  • Deep Dive: Single GME Accreditation – As we move through the transition phase towards single accreditation of GME, there are many issues and questions to address. There will be several sessions related to this topic during the course of the conference. This particular session will offer the latest information and guidance on the transition process, and is the third national educational event in a series designed by the ACGME, AOA, and AACOM Joint Education Committee and featuring senior leadership from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

  • Osteopathic Distinctiveness: Can Our Graduates “Talk the Talk?” – How are we distinct? Part of our role as osteopathic medical educators is to equip learners to effectively communicate about osteopathic medicine. And yet, when asked what the difference between a DO and an MD is, many struggle to formulate a coherent and cohesive answer. As we look forward to a single unified system of GME, the ability to answer this question is critical.

  • Socratic Circles: A New Interactive Teaching Model in Medical Education – While the Socratic method is not new as a pedagogic technique, this workshop will present a specific Socratic approach that increases learner engagement and fosters critical thinking skills while addressing the seven core competencies, as well as meeting interprofessional education goals.

  • Gamification – Educational gaming has received great interest in the past particularly in the area of health care education. Facilitating structured digital environments where the current generation of learners can interact in an interprofessional manner to solve medical paradigms is challenging but may bring great value to the health care curriculum. Come see what advancements are being made.

  • OPTI Pre-Conference Workshop – This workshop will focus on ACGME Institution Sponsorship, and has two components, a morning and afternoon. The morning session is educational and directed towards the application process, while the afternoon session is more interactive in nature, again focused on institutional applications and opportunities for OPTIs. Speakers include staff from ACGME as well as the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee. This pre-conference workshop requires advanced registration and will likely fill up so, again, I recommend registering early.

  • Training Osteopathic Primary Care Educators (TOPCE) – This program has become a major force for faculty development within the OME continuum, and we are happy to offer it again at the Annual Conference. Morning and afternoon sessions focus on mastering the art of teaching, with particular attention to the four areas of educational instruction: scholarship; teaching and learning; leadership; and assessment. Colleagues representing the entire OME continuum will be able to participate in open on educating the adult leader.

  • 49 Shades of Research: Are You Ready for Single Accreditation? – From conceptualization to publication, novice researchers can learn the basics for developing and implementing osteopathic clinical and medical education studies. Sub-topics include “How Do I Get Started?”; “Putting it into Practice;” Show Me the Money;“ and “From Poster Abstract to Journal Article.”

With this kind of compelling content, a beautiful seaside location, and record-breaking numbers of abstract and poster submissions, I can honestly say that there is something for everyone at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference. I am looking forward to seeing you all there, and to exploring with you all the opportunities that await us in our changing environment.

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February 2015
Vol. 9, No. 2