Just Released: AACOM and JAOA Joint Medical Education Issue

AACOM, in partnership with The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), recently released the April 2016 Medical Education issue of JAOA. This annually-published osteopathic medical education (OME) issue is the conduit to new knowledge on the ever-changing medical education landscape.

The medical education-themed issue introduces a new collaboration between the JAOA and the AACOM to advance medicine through the timely publication of peer-reviewed osteopathic medical research and other scholarly issues related to medical education, as noted in several reports (listed below).

Osteopathic Medical Education: Innovations in a Changing Environment

Throughout history, medical educators have viewed changes as opportunities to provide innovation and to consistently improve the quality of medical education. Fortunately, the osteopathic medical profession is grounded in clear principles, which will continue to drive our expansion.

Osteopathic Medical Education and Social Accountability

As a way to begin regaining the public’s trust in physicians, stakeholders have called for medical education to meet societal health needs, particularly the needs of those members who are most vulnerable, by incorporating social accountability into the medical school curriculum. The unique attributes of the osteopathic medical profession provide an enabling and conducive environment for broader social accountability in the health care system.

Effect of a Mandatory Third-Year Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Course on Student Attitudes

Results of OMT pilot support the aim to keep osteopathic distinctiveness at the forefront of osteopathic medical education. 

Advising Needs of Osteopathic Medical Students Preparing for the Match

To address the widespread concern about the number of residency positions available, researchers assess relationship between student advising and successful matching.

Preparation Strategies of Osteopathic Medical Students for the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE

A report that investigates how students at osteopathic medical schools prepare for the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE, and the effect of these techniques on examination performance.

Appendix 1: Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education, 2016

An update for the 2014-15 academic year data on approved, funded, and filled AOA positions, as reported by the National Matching Services and the Trainee Information, Verification and Registration Audit (TIVRA) system.

Appendix 2: American Osteopathic Association Specialty Board Certification

An overview of the 2015 AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists certification process, data, and figures.

Also of note is the content development and production of the latest issue led by JAOA Medical Education Associate Editor Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, EdS, MPH, who was selected for the position by AACOM and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in May 2015. Under the guidance of Dr. McClain, the Journal has launched a recurring medical education section, which represents the joint efforts of the JAOA and AACOM in positively shaping the curriculum, training, outcomes, and policy in OME.

"Serving as an associate editor for the JAOA is a tremendous opportunity because the challenges of medical education are fueling innovation,” Dr. McClain says. “My goal is to encourage research and publication that will maintain and strengthen the osteopathic medical profession."

Read the full April 2016 Medical Education issue on the JAOA website.

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April/May 2016
Vol. 10, No. 4