The National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) is a community of outstanding educators (termed Fellows) who have met rigorous standards of academic excellence within the last five years.
About NAOME Membership
Membership is earned (and can be renewed) for five-year intervals during which Fellows are asked to mentor and support academic excellence and scholarship in the osteopathic medical education profession.
Applications are assessed once a year after the February deadline. Each candidate's mini-portfolio, including CV and in the required format, should be submitted electronically on the nomination form on or before the deadline each year. Fellows are inducted into the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators at the AACOM Annual Meeting each Spring.
The purpose of the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators' National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators is to:
- Foster and value the scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Provide role modeling and support for educators in osteopathic medical education programs.
- Foster networking and collaboration among institutions of osteopathic medical education by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about educational endeavors including teaching, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, faculty development and educational research.
NAOME Structure and Activities
The National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) promotes and supports osteopathic medical education scholarship. Members of the Academy demonstrate their support by evaluating AACOM Educational Research Grants, providing peer review and award recommendations for the AACOM Educational Research Abstracts at the annual meeting, serving as mentors for peer and colleague osteopathic medical educators, and selecting new Fellows to the Academy.
The Academy is governed by elected officers that serve for two year terms. The current officers are:
- Chair: Matthew Henry, PhD (DMU-COM)
- Chair-elect: Evelyn Schwalenberg, DO (UNE-COM)
- Past-chair: Patricia Sexton, MS, DHEd (ATSU-KCOM)
- Secretary: Pam Basehore, EdD, MPH (RowanSOM)
In order to maintain consistent, high quality support of osteopathic medical education scholarship; NAOME augments its governance with four subcommittees. Each of these subcommittees consists of leadership and membership from the Academy. The subcommittees aim to seek and provide feedback to Academy members as well as promote transparency of the Academy operations and outcomes to the osteopathic community. The subcommittees are:
- AACOM Research Abstract & Poster Review Subcommittee
This subcommittee is currently chaired by Chris Keller, PhD of LECOM and ensures fair and consistent evaluation of abstracts and posters for the annual AACOM conference through periodic review of the selection criteria and recruitment of abstract reviewers.
- AACOM Research Grant Review Subcommittee
This subcommittee is currently chaired by Wayne Wilson, PhD of DMU-COM and ensures fair and consistent evaluation of AACOM Educational Grants through periodic review of the evaluation criteria and recruitment of study section members.
- NAOME Fellow Mentoring Subcommittee
This subcommittee is currently chaired by Mary Johnson, PhD. It is currently developing a formalized mentoring process for new and potential NAOME applicants.
- NAOME Fellow Selection Process Subcommittee
This subcommittee is currently chaired by Rita Getz, PhD of CCOM and provides oversight of the annual Fellow selection process by monitoring and updating application materials, providing standard setting examples, and orchestrating the selection process.
NOTE: The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators' working group that created the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) is significantly indebted to educators at Baylor College of Medicine under the leadership of Nancy Searle, EdD, Director, Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award Program, for their development of a faculty academy model which reflects a grounding in the literature regarding educational scholarship and a rigor and transparency in their selection process.
For the first year of NAOME implementation and selection of members, Baylor's standards and processes were implemented. The 2009 inaugural NAOME fellows have adapted these materials to more closely reflect the teaching/learning models in osteopathic medical education, including the integration of osteopathic principles and practices. The mini-portfolio models on this site reflect these adaptations.