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AACOM is strongly committed to the well-being of trainees, clinicians, staff, and all health professionals within a healthy learning environment.

As the unifying voice in osteopathic medical education, AACOM represents and supports its member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and clinical education partners in preparing osteopathic physicians who are ready to meet the evolving health care needs of our society. In addition to being a sponsor of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, AACOM is engaged in efforts to decrease clinician burnout through medical education excellence, research, and interprofessional collaboration. View a few of our wellness-related initiatives below or read our statement on Clinician Wellness.

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The Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy - (POME2)

The Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy (POME2), sponsored by AACOM, is a collaboration between the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the Cleveland Clinic. This project is the first study of empathy in osteopathic medical education in the United States at this level of national scale and scope.

Implications of POME2

This project is unique without parallel because of its broad scope and large sample size at the national level. We expect that this project will gain significant attention in the media and among educational researchers in general, and medical education researchers in particular. It has the potential to contribute to changes in the medical education curriculum with great impact, and become a frequently-cited project in the literature of medical education research and empathy for years to come.

We anticipate that the project will yield key publications in peer reviewed journals benefiting from the synergy of AACOM, the Cleveland Clinic, and Thomas Jefferson University. Phase I, a two-year cross-sectional study on empathy, lays the foundation for Phase II, which will be a ground-breaking longitudinal study of changes in empathy as the cohort of osteopathic medical students progresses through the preclinical and clinical phases of medical education. Learn more by visiting the POMEE web page.

Presentations and Articles
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COSGP Mental Health Awareness Task Force


AACOM’s Council of Student Government President (COSGP) continues to reach new milestones with its Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF), which was formed with the goal of “promoting an environment where medical students and physicians can seek the help they need without fear of retribution.” The task force was created to empower students to have their voice heard and to create change.

Learn more by visiting the Mental Health Awareness Task Force web page on AACOM’s COSGP web section.

National OMS Day of Wellness

This video was created by TCOM students in acknowledgement of National OMS Day of Wellness as a reminder of the struggles of medical school, the daily challenges and worries of the students, and most importantly the resilience they can show.

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National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician well-being
AACOM is proud to be an inaugural sponsor and participant in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. The meeting was held in Washington, DC from July 13-14, 2017. The Action Collaborative organized its first public session, with live webinar participation, on Friday, July 14. AACOM was represented both in person by Stephen Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO, and the AACOM Office of Government Relations staff, as well as online by members of the Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and others. Don't forget to stay up to date with the latest clinician wellness events.


The National Academy of Medicine recently called on artists of all skills and abilities to explore what clinician burnout, clinician well-being, and clinician resilience looks, feels and sounds like to people across the country. Learn more about art exhibit, view the digital art gallery