Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
COCA met August 29-30 at the International Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel in Chicago, IL. T
he majority of the COCA meeting was conducted in open session, during which representatives of COCA, college of osteopathic medicine (COM) representatives, and COCA commissioners (and members) were in attendance. Executive sessions were also held to conduct the committee’s deliberation and voting on agenda action items. This was the first meeting which included new members of the Commission: COCA Member-at-Large Robert E. Suter, DO, MHA, and COCA Educator Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM). Alissa Craft, DO, MBA, was also in attendance as COCA’s newly-appointed Secretary and Vice President of Accreditation.
On Saturday morning, the COCA open session began with opening activities led by COCA Chair Kenneth H. Johnson, DO. The overarching topic for the meeting agenda, Accreditation, included progress report presentations, and comprehensive pre-accreditation site visit reports from COM representatives throughout the day. The final day of the COCA meeting began with a morning executive session, followed by an open session. The general session began with a COCA Executive Committee (COCA-EC) Report from Dr. Johnson, followed by proposed changes to COCA standards and commentary, and a staff report.
View outcomes from the meeting about new and developing COMs and campuses.
Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)
The COSGP Executive Board's Fall Leadership Meeting was held September 18-20 in Washington, DC. T
he annual meeting provides the opportunity for the newly-appointed COSGP Executive Board members to meet with AACOM Leadership and staff, gain experience working together, and develop the council’s agenda for the year.
Led by National Chair Breanne Hirshman, third year student at A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), the three-day summit began as COSGP Executive Board representatives met with AACOM’s Government Relations Department at the Farragut Business Center in Washington, DC. Following the downtown meeting, the council representatives then moved to AACOM’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD to meet with various AACOM Leadership and staff members whose expertise corresponded with their respective positions on the Board. Ms. Hirshman began the following day’s meeting with opening remarks and an overview of leadership goals and objectives by National First Vice Chair Jessica Palmieri, third year student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).
Next on the agenda was committee and interdisciplinary break-out sessions, proceeded by presentations from each of the COSGP committees. The remainder of the day was spent at The EDGE, The Mason Center for Outdoor Experimental Learning where the council board members participated in team development courses.
The final morning of the Executive Board meeting began with a group discussion of the Mental Health Awareness Task Force, other group-wide goals, and an IRB writing session.
Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)
The Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) convened for their fall meeting September 24-26 at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP).
On Thursday, September 24, the council meeting began with a welcome from WesternU/COMP Dean Paula M. Crone, DO. Following the introduction of new ECOP members, representatives, and guests, AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, provided an AACOM Report. A series of other reports throughout the day included:
- NBOME Report – Mark Sandhouse, DO
- ECOP Involvement in FOM 4 – Mickey Seffinger, DO, Editor-In-Chief FOM 4
- Qualitative Analysis of Current OMS year III and IV Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Curriculum Strategies and the Development and Innovation of a New Paradigm – Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS
- Special Remote Presentation – Ed Goering, DO
- ExamSoft Rubric & Realizit Platform – Ray Hruby, DO
- Glossary Review
The next day, ECOP focused on subcommittee assignments and work including:
- Glossary – Subgroups
- SNOMED – Special guest James T. Case DVM, PhD, FACMI Health Program Specialist, SNOMED CT National Library of Medicine/NIH
- COCA Standards
- ONMM Requirements - Tyler Cymet, DO
Lisa Destefano, DO, opened the final day of the meeting with a GME Residency Update, which was proceeded by subcommittee reports. The meeting closed with a discussion of ECOP issues, and a recap of deliverables and inter-meeting assignments.
Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) Liaison Group
The EPAs Liaison Group met on Thursday, September 24 at AACOM’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. T
he meeting began with a welcome address from AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, including introductions, a review of the committee purpose, identification of co-chairs, and an introduction of guest consultant, Karin Esposito, MD, PhD. Dr. Esposito, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education at Florida International University, provided an exemplar presentation and process guidance for the group. The morning continued with a review of core competency liaison group process by EPA Liaison Group Co-Chair Elaine Soper, PhD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) who also presented a review of EPA resources. Dr. Esposito followed with “AAMC/CEPAER Perspectives.”
Proceeding a “Collabor-Eat! Working Lunch,” EPA Liaison Group Co-Chair Pamela Basehore, EdD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Assessment at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), and Dr. Soper together presented “Looking Forward: Where Do We Go From Here?” and spoke about osteopathic medical school outreach. To end, AACOM Vice President and Chair of Medical Education Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, gave a wrap-up of the day, including dissemination, feedback mechanism, and review of actions and responsibilities. The meeting adjourned with closing comments and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED) meeting logistics.
Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Steering Committee
The SOME Steering Committee met on Friday, September 25 at AACOM's headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. U
pon arrival, AACOM Vice President and Chair of Medical Education Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, gave a welcome address and introduction of members. AACOM Vice President of Research and Assistant to the President Tom Levitan, MEd; Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW; and Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, also followed with introductions and departmental updates.
The autumn meeting entailed a series of presentations and discussions including:
- The State of “SOME” - John Graneto, DO, MEd, SOME Chair, Associate Dean, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
- NAOME Update - Matthew Henry, PhD, NAOME Chair, Chair and Associate Professor, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM)
- COSGP Medical Education Update, Shaun Mehdi, OMS-III, COSGP Medical Education Representative, Midwestern University
- EPA Liaison Group Presentation - EPA Liaison Group Co-Chairs Elaine Soper, PhD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) and Pamela Basehore, EdD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Assessment, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)
- Project Brainstorming and Prioritization - John Graneto, DO, MEd, SOME Chair, Associate Dean, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM)
- Collabor-Eat! AACOMmunities & AACOM Website Update - Lisa K. Etienne, AACOM Manager of Digital Initiatives
- Programming discussion for 2016 Annual Conference
- Roundup and closing messages