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About the UME-GME Continuum Initiative

Background

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) UME-GME Task Force was created in 2017 by the AACOM Board of Deans to examine the current changing health care and education environment, including changes due to the transition to the single GME accreditation system, and to build strategy and execute initiatives related to clinical training throughout the continuum of osteopathic medical education (OME).

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

Steering Committee

*John Kauffman, DO – Chair
Dean and Chief Academic Officer & AACOM Board Member
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)

*Lisa Nash, DO, MS-HPEd – Vice Chair
Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, AOGME Chair
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)

Thomas Boyle, DO
Dean & AACOM Board Member
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)

Boyd Buser, DO
Past President
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Robert Cain, DO
Associate Dean of Clinical Education
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)

Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, MS
Dean, Endowed Chair of Primary Care Research, Professor of Medicine, & AACOM Board Chair
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

Michael Finley, DO
Senior Vice President for Assessment
National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME)

Kari Hortos, DO
Senior Associate Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Statewide Campus System
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) 

Robert Hostoffer, DO 
Program Director
University Hospitals (UH) Regional Hospitals 

Joanne M. Jones, MBA
Campus Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia (PCOM South Georgia)

Richard LaBaere, DO, MPH
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Training, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) 
Academic Officer
Still Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI)

Karen Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS
Former Dean
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)

Lorenzo Pence, DO
Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Working Groups

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 Residency Programs through the Single GME Accreditation Process
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.

Models for Clinical Education Collaborations of the Future

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).

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.

Scholarship & Research (coming soon)
This working group focuses on supporting scholarship and research in residency programs to help meet accreditation requirements and also focuses on ways to enhance the culture of inquiry throughout the continuum of osteopathic medical education.