Calling All COMs: Don’t Miss the First AACOM-IAMSE Faculty Development Web Series


n September 10, 2015, AACOM will launch the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Webinar Series, which will mark the beginning of the AACOM-IAMSE collaborative arrangement to offer three faculty development webinars annually. The Fall 2015 Series will focus on the theme: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education—Placing Faculty and Students in New Experiences for Teaching and Learning​.

AACOM has developed this collaborative arrangement with IAMSE to provide all faculty members at our member colleges with ongoing professional development experiences. The IAMSE webinars will be presented in a week-long seasonal series of five or six seminars offered during the fall, winter, and spring. Faculty from all of the U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) will have access to 15-18 valuable faculty development experiences each year through this partnership. In addition, each COM will receive an IAMSE Institutional Membership at no cost, which provides one-year IAMSE memberships for up to four individuals.

Fall 2015 IAMSE Webinar Series

The Fall IAMSE Webinar Series traditionally has been dedicated to highlighting current issues in health sciences education, new and innovative technological teaching applications, and cutting-edge curricular developments that are advancing teaching and learning in the health sciences.

The upcoming IAMSE series will also focus on programs that are shifting faculty roles from traditional “sage-on-the-stage” content deliverers to motivators, synthesizers, mentors, facilitators, and learning coaches, as well as the following noteworthy topics:

  • Changing learning environments from the traditional classroom to more experiential clinical learning sites based in-part on health system needs
  • Utilizing competencies and milestones to measure student learning and progress that foster a flexible progression through the curriculum and integrate basic science into the clerkships
  • Developing curricula that focus on “student well-being and resiliency”
  • Modifying timelines for student progression to residency

Additionally, IAMSE is planning to include several of the new Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiatives recently funded by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Register Today!

The Fall 2015 IAMSE Webinar Series registration is now open and campus directors of faculty development have been provided special coding to bring this to you campus at no cost; individual registrations are not necessary. The first seasonal seminar is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 and will include these five slated presentations:

  • September 10: “Value Added Student Roles that Align Education and Health System Needs,” Jed Gonzalo
  • September 17: "A Developmental Pursuit of Foundational Scientific Knowledge,” Kim Lomis
  • September 24: "Closing the Gap between Undergraduate Medical Education and Practice Realities of Today and Tomorrow,” Lotte N. Dyrbye
  • October 1: "An Accelerated Pathway to Produce 21st Century Primary Care Physicians,” Tonya Fancher & Mark Henderson
  • October 8: "Educating Medical Students in a Clinical Environment throughout the Entire Curriculum,” Brenda Rogers 

Please contact AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, with questions and requests for more information at (301) 968-4143 or

IAMSE is a non-profit professional development society organized and directed by health science faculty from around the world—its membership represent over 40 countries. IAMSE provides professional development throughout the year culminating in an annual meeting focused on best practices in health science education.

Visit the IAMSE website for more information, and AACOM’s Faculty Development web page for additional resources. 

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