Programs & Initiatives

AACOM sponsors or co-sponsors programs and initiatives for audiences at every level of osteopathic medical education, from students to senior administrators. Learn about these offerings below:

Professional Development

Leadership Training

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Leadership Institute

Programs include AACOM's Senior Leadership Development Program, Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship and Osteopathic Health Policy Internship. 

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Advancing Knowledge

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Research Grants

This program, sponsored by AACOM's National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators includes awards for both medical education research and institutional research. 

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Professional Standards

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Task Force on Ethics and Professionalism

This task force evaluated current OME professional standards and ethics and produced model policies and recommendations. 

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Medical Education and Public Health

HRSA Wellness Grant

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Resilient Mindsets in Medicine

This HRSA-funded study is to ultimately improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the healthcare workforce.

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Doctor Empathy 

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POMEE Empathy Study

The Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POMEE) is the first study of empathy in medical education in the U.S. with a national scale and scope. 

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Public Health / Physician Shortage

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Students Assist America

Learn about this interprofessional initiative spearheaded by AACOM to adopt an all-hands-on-deck approach to vaccinate America against COVID-19 – as quickly as possible.

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Mental Health & Wellness

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Mental Empowerment Directive

This directive was formed to offer DO students a safe place to seek the help they need and empower their voices in order to create positive change.

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Enhancing Outcomes 

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Interprofessional Education

AACOM either founded or is a member of these initiatives to enhance healthcare outcomes through increasing interprofessional education and cooperation. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Academic Recognition Program

AACOM's Academic Recognition Program is dedicated to supplementing instruction around health equity and health disparities.

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DEI Video Series

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Finding a Cure: Racism & Injustice in the American Healthcare System

The event featured several 12- to 15-minute panel discussions on the impact of racism on health outcomes. 

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Applicant and Student Financial Aid Programs

Minority Scholarship

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Each year AACOM awards this financial scholarship to at least one newly accepted and one continuing osteopathic medical student. 

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Financial Aid

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AACOMAS Fee Waiver

Application fee waivers are given to qualified osteopathic medical school applicants until the funds run out for the cycle.

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