Programs and Initiatives

AACOM Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism Holds Second Meeting

The AACOM Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism held its second in-person meeting June 21-22, 2018, at the Association’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Over the course of the two-day meeting, members heard presentations from experts in victimization and Title IX, as well as reviewed and discussed current research and studies pertaining to academic professionalism, ethics, and campus culture in medical education. The Task Force then held several collaborative discussions to devise an outline of potential outcomes and an agenda for its efforts moving forward. The group is planning for a possible third meeting in the fall.

The AACOM Task for on Ethics and Professionalism was appointed by the AACOM Board of Deans and is comprised of leaders from AACOM’s various stakeholder groups, as well as AACOM staff representatives who are charged with evaluating current professional standards and ethics, assessing curricular needs of our member COMs and their students, and making necessary recommendations to further strengthen every aspect of our educational system and professional standards. These members are:

  • Chair: Margaret Wilson, DO, Dean, A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Co-Chair: Timothy Kowalski, DO, Dean, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus
  • Council on Student Affairs (CSA) Representative: Thomas Moorman, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Curriculum Representative: Trish Sexton, DHEd, Associate Dean for Curriculum, A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) Representative: Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, Chair OPP Department, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California
  • Expert Representative: Martin A. Finkel, DO, Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Representative: Taran W. Silva, 2d Lt, U.S. Air Force,  Osteopathic Medical Student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) Representative: Steven Gates, DO, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education, DIO, Corpus Christi Medical Center
  • Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Representative: Nicole Wadsworth, DO, Senior Associate Dean, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AACOM Staff Liaisons:
    • Mark Speicher, PhD, Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research
    • Lindsey Jurd, MPS, Manager of Communications