AACOM President Attends and Provides Testimony at the ACGME Board Meeting

During its first meeting since July 1, the ACGME Board convened September 25-27 in Chicago, IL. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, provided public testimony at the Committee on Requirements meeting and provided an update on AACOM to the ACGME Board.

AACOM Recruitment Collaborates with MU-COM in Fall Pre-SOMA Conference

On Saturday, September 19, AACOM Associate Director of Recruitment and Application Services Gina Moses, MEd, presented at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)’s fall PreSOMA Conference. There were over 150 attendees at the conference including many admission officers from other colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) who met with prospective students to discuss their goals. Through TEDx inspired programming, the conference included a day of lectures, demonstrations, and labs that appealed to a variety of interests. The conference offered six different tracks throughout the day—each including unique interactive anatomy, osteopathic manipulation, and simulation demonstrations that provided the opportunity to learn about osteopathic medicine and life as an osteopathic medical student.

AACOM President Speaks About the Future of Osteopathic Medicine and the Impact of the Single Accreditation System

On Thursday, September 17, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) Annual SOM Faculty meeting. As a guest speaker Dr. Shannon presented on the future of osteopathic medicine and the impact of the single accreditation system.

AACOM Government Relations Vice President Speaks to PAEA Student Health Policy Fellows

AACOM Government Relations Vice President Pamela Murphy, MSW, recently spoke to physician assistant students on September 16 as part of the second annual Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Student Health Policy Fellowship. Along with staff from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Pamela discussed the various ways in which the government relations teams from various health education associations collaborate, both informally and formally through numerous interdisciplinary coalitions. They also reviewed current issues the groups are focused on, most notably the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

AACOM President Attends NAOF Meeting

At a recent meeting of the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations at Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downer’s Grove, IL, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, provided an AACOM perspective on development in osteopathic medical education (OME) and the importance of philanthropic organizations to the future of OME.

FASHP Fall Meeting

The Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) held the first meeting of the FASHP CEOs since summer session on September 2, 2015, in Washington, DC. The fall meeting provided a forum for effective collaboration among health professions in education and practice as the FASHP members shared the activities their respective health professions associations are taking part in—from government relations and public policy to common governing operations. FASHP provides the group’s 14 member associations the opportunity to meet and address education’s role in organizational matters of health care and prepare health professionals for the future. It was attended by AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, and members of the AACOM Government Relations Department.

IOM Forum Planning Meeting

As a member of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, attended the Global Forum Planning Meeting on September 14 at the Keck Center in Washington, DC.

At the meeting, Forum members gathered to discuss the past, current, and future activities of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Members of the Forum gather twice a year to attend Forum-sponsored events that consider these principles during the agenda planning process. Topics for these activities are selected and developed by the Forum members themselves at separate meetings of the Forum. 

The Global Forum is an ongoing, convening activity of the IOM that brings together stakeholders from multiple nations and professions to network, discuss and illuminate issues within health professional education. Since its inception in 2012, the Global Forum has used its guiding principles to direct much of the work of the Forum. These principles emphasize engaging students, being patient- and person-centered, and creating an environment of learning with and from partners outside of the United States.

AACOM Government Relations Presents Legislative and Advocacy Presentation to LUCOM Students

On September 10, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW and AACOM Director of Congressional Affairs Mary-Lynn Bender, delivered a presentation on AACOM’s current legislative and federal advocacy efforts to students at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM). The presentation included an overview of the current federal political landscape, AACOM’s policy priorities, and tips and resources for students to enhance advocacy efforts.

AACOM VP and Chair for Medical Education attends AMEE Conference

AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, attended the annual conference for the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) September 4-9, 2015. The conference provided six days of plenaries, workshops, research reports, short oral communications, posters, e-conferencing, and symposia on a very wide variety of innovative and new best-practice issues surrounding medical education from institutions around the world. The event was attended by over 3,500 faculty and administration representing medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and many other health science professions. Dr. Mortensen was a participant in the development of the IAMSE symposium on “The Flipped Classroom,” a teaching paradigm in which knowledge acquisition is assigned to occur before the large group session and classroom time is reserved for knowledge application, analysis, and evaluation.

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September 2015
Vol. 9, No. 9