Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

The Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA) met via conference call on Monday, November 16, under the leadership of Council Chair Steve Jorden, MA, Director of Student Financial Services at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences–School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA). The meeting began with a welcome and introductions, followed by the approval of the council’s July meeting minutes.

AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender announced the results of the Council’s Vice-Chair election, welcoming Mary Payne, Director of Student Financial Aid at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) into the CSFAA leadership position. Mr. Jorden and Pamela Murphy, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations, announced that the council’s annual in-person meeting will be held Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) National Conference. All official and unofficial (non-voting) CSFAA members are welcome to attend.

Ms. Bender and Ms. Murphy discussed the 2016 AACOM-Sponsored CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students and Graduates, which will launch in December 2015. Ms. Murphy and Mr. Jorden also provided an update to the council regarding AACOM’s upcoming annual Council Leadership Meeting, which will take place at the AACOM headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  

Ms. Murphy also discussed the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and AACOM’s ongoing work on Capitol Hill to advocate on programs of importance to osteopathic medical students, colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and the broader osteopathic medical education (OME) community.

The next CSFAA meeting will take place via conference call in January 2016; the date is yet to be determined.

TedMed 2015: Breaking Through

An annual three-day gathering, TEDMED brings together inspiring speakers, influential Delegates, innovative start-ups, and a passionate global audience. From November 18 to 20, the medical education community gathered in Palm Springs, CA and remotely across the globe via TEDMED Live streaming, sparking conversation to shape a healthier world. 

The annual event brings the world together to focus on what’s new and important in health and medicine. By forging partnerships with industry leaders, medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations, TEDMED ensures that cutting-edge biomedical

thinking is shared across disciplines and made accessible to the public at large. TEDMED bridges the gap between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine. 

AACOM was excited to offer our members and member institutions the opportunity to experience the 2015 TEDMED "Breaking Through" event at no charge again this year. AACOM offered and highly recommended that member COMs participated as faculty groups and/or faculty-led student groups, followed by discussions to facilitate and stimulate thinking and learning around this year’s innovative topics on the future of medicine and health care. AACOM's partnership with TEDMED has made this possible for all AACOM institutions. 

This year's programming focused on breaking through the status quo, to come together to shape a healthier world. TEDMED curated an unusual and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframed mental models and inspired important new possibilities. More than 100 countries participated in this year’s stage program. We look forward to next year’s innovative TEDMED event. 

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November 2015
Vol. 9, No. 11

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