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About the UME-GME Continuum

In May 2017, AACOM announced  the establishment of a new task force that is strategically examining and responding to changes in the health care system and in medical education that may impact osteopathic medical education (OME). The task force considers the current environment, formulates strategy, and executes initiatives related to clinical training throughout the continuum of OME. Issue-based sub-groups led by task force members have been created and continue to engage experts and thought leaders in medical education.

This three-year effort is led by a 13-member steering committee, chaired by John Kauffman, DO, Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) and AACOM Board Member. Five issue-based working groups have been established to support the efforts of the steering committee. The five sub-groups include: Supporting Residency Programs through the Single GME Accreditation Process, Faculty Development for Programs with Osteopathic Recognition, Models for Clinical Education Collaborations of the Future, Preparing for the Single Residency Match, and Scholarship & Research

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Publications

The Clinical Education Collaborations Working Group finalized their first two papers of a compendium that will be focused on the current state and future of clinical education collaborations. The first paper entitled,  "Working Paper: The Value of Collaboration for the Osteopathic Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment" is written by Dr. John Kauffman, Dr. Thomas Boyle and Dr. Stephen C. Shannon. The second working paper, "Working Paper: The Osteopathic Learning Environment" is written by Dr. Robert Cain.

Clinical Education Working Group Paper I: The Value of Collaboration for the Osteopathic Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment

Authors: John Kauffman, DO, Thomas Boyle, DO, and Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

This working paper, The Value of Collaboration for the Osteopathic Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment, features the work of AACOM's Models for Clinical Education Collaborations of the Future Working Group, a seven-member working group of leaders in osteopathic clinical medical education that was developed to formulate recommendations for collaborative models of clinical education that can provide support and services to foster a strong learning environment across the continuum of undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME).

This paper begins with an overview of the osteopathic medical profession and a brief summary of the history of osteopathic graduate medical education (OGME). It then provides a historical summary of osteopathic GME consortia, including that of Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutes (OPTIs), and a scope of the benefits that these consortia have provided to OGME. This paper closes with the impact of the single GME accreditation system on OGME and the importance of retaining osteopathic distinctiveness throughout the transition to this system.



Clinical Education Working Group Paper II: The Osteopathic Learning Environment

Authors: Robert Cain, DO

This working paper, The Osteopathic Learning Environment, features the work of AACOM's Models for Clinical Education Collaborations of the Future Working Group, a seven-member working group of leaders in osteopathic clinical medical education that was developed to formulate recommendations for collaborative models of clinical education that can provide support and services to foster a strong learning environment across the continuum of undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME).

This paper provides background on the osteopathic learning environment (OLE) and presents an overview of the importance of the OLE for the osteopathic profession. It provides a detailed summary of the characteristics of the OLE, and it concludes with the role of collaboration within osteopathic graduate medical education (OGME) in achieving an optimal learning environment.


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Working Groups

Faculty Development

Faculty Development for Programs with Osteopathic Recognition

This working group focuses on understanding the challenges and opportunities for faculty development in graduate medical education, specifically for programs with or seeking Osteopathic Recognition. Development of effective training and assessment resources for different faculty specialties to foster, maintain, and enhance ongoing education in the integration of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and the osteopathic competencies is a focus of this working group.

Supporting Programs through SAS

Supporting Programs in the Single GME Accreditation System

This working group focuses on helping to ensure American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-approved programs successfully transition to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation within the three-year time frame (by June 30, 2020) and that a significant percentage of formerly AOA-approved programs and ACGME-accredited programs attain Osteopathic Recognition.




Future Models

Future Models of Clinical Education Collaborations

This working group develops recommendations for collaborative models of clinical education that can provide support and services to foster a strong learning environment across the continuum of undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME).




Single Match

Preparing for the Single Residency Match

This working group focuses on the awareness and education of students, colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and residency programs on the single residency match.