AACOM, along with its partners, aspiring DOs, and leaders in osteopathic medical education (OME), was proud to participate in the 96th Annual Business Meeting of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which took place July 17-24 in Chicago, IL.
DO leaders from around the country converged in Chicago to adopt policy, elect officers, and celebrate the bright future of the osteopathic medical profession during the 2016 Meeting of the AOA House of Delegates (HOD).
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- Speakers at the 2016 HOD included AOA President-Elect Boyd R. Buser, DO, who provided an update on Osteopathic Recognition activity during his address on the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system (SAS). ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, also shared some of the latest information about the status of the transition to #singleGME.
- Michael Botticelli, MEd, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, addressed the #AOAHOD2016 about the opioid epidemic. “Preventing opioid dependence should be the priority of physicians,” he said.
- AACOM and AOA leadership addressed osteopathic medical students, including representatives of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (@COSGP) and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (@NationalSOMA), on #COMLEXUSA, single GME accreditation, #physicianwellness, advocacy and the @ed2med campaign, as well as other topics of relevance to the future of osteopathic medicine and OME.
- DO students from osteopathic medical schools nationwide debated and voted on multiple resolutions impacting the future of their medical education during the 2016 National Osteopathic Student Caucus (NOSC).
- Speaker of the House Ray Morrison, DO, and Vice Speaker of the House David Broder, DO, addressed the student body at #NOSC2016 on Robert’s Rules of Order and underscored the importance of why students should make their voices heard at the forum and beyond.
Inauguration of AOA's 120th President Dr. Buser, the AOA’s 120th president, urged colleagues to ‘let your DO out’ in his inauguration speech to the AOA House of Delegates.
In his inaugural speech as AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO
, remembered his early exposure to osteopathic principles and practice, which inspired him to specialize in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and family medicine.
“DOs are in a unique position to lead and influence action and change in health care,” Dr. Buser noted. “When we choose to go into medicine, we all hope to experience the joy of helping people recover their health and have better, happier lives. Osteopathic medicine is what our patients want, what they deserve, and what we are here to provide.”
Dr. Buser has played an instrumental role in leading the profession through the transition to a single graduate medical education GME accreditation system. His colleagues say his expertise—in education and other fields—makes him an ideal candidate to lead the AOA into the future. Dr. Buser is interested in moving the needle on medical education in other areas, too. From 2011-2013, he served as co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education.
“On the BRC, Dr. Buser really stressed that any recommendations we made needed to be rooted in osteopathic principles and practices (OPP),” says Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO. “He was really good at connecting the dots between innovating education and staying true to the traditions of the profession.” In a year of change, the AOA's new leader is a medical education expert.
House of Delegates 2016: Policy Roundup
Recently, the AOA House of Delegates met to create important AOA policies on diverse issues affecting OME and the profession, including these key resolutions
- Concussion safety
- Physician burnout and wellness
- Medical student finances
- Student loans
- GME funding
- Substance abuse disorders
- Physician collective bargaining
- Eliminating abuse of the ACA grace period
- Physician-led team-based care
DO Student Representatives Convene to Voice Opinions of their Peers at the 2016 NOSC
Two days prior to the AOA HOD, more than 190 osteopathic medical students from across the country gathered in Chicago to attend the 2016 NOSC hosted by AACOM’s COSGP. Each of the U.S. osteopathic medical schools were represented by at least two DO students.
At the NOSC, the student representatives discussed and voted on HOD resolutions that are most important to medical students, setting the national student position for these key issues. During the NOSC, students expressed support for expanding GME options, expanded mental health initiatives, and equal eligibility for DO students wishing to apply for residency positions in Canada, among other views.