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Working Paper

The Value of Collaboration in the Osteopathic Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment

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.


Working Paper

Working Paper: The Osteopathic Learning Environment 

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.