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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. 

Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty, and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans and various other member councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

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Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

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Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA

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USDE Appoints Kimberly Brown, PhD, MEd, to Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility Committee


November 3, 2017

Christine DeCarlo
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
(202) 603-1026

(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) appointed American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) nominee Kimberly Brown, PhD, MEd, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Des Moines University (DMU), to serve as an alternate negotiator representing financial aid administrators on the Department’s newly established negotiated rulemaking committee on Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility. The USDE enacted this negotiated rulemaking committee to develop proposed regulations supported by committee consensus on borrower defense to loan repayment financial responsibility and other issues regarding Title IV federal financial aid programs.

With 25 years of experience in a range of higher education administration and operations issues, with a specific focus on student financial services and financial aid programs, Dr. Brown will bring an intricate understanding of the impact of Title IV student financial aid programs to this role.

“I’m honored to have been appointed by the USDE to serve on the upcoming negotiated rulemaking Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility Committee representing financial aid administrators nationally, and look forward to working with my fellow negotiators to ensure students, higher education institutions, faculty, and the public are well-served by federal financial aid programs,” says Dr. Brown.

As past Chair of the AACOM Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA), Dr. Brown spearheaded the creation of financial literacy and financial aid debt management modules, which are now being utilized by the nation’s osteopathic medical schools and their students and graduates. As a respected voice and resource for her colleagues, Dr. Brown continues to serve as an active member of the CSFAA and works with her fellow Council members to advise AACOM on legislative and regulatory issues that pertain to the improvement of federal student financial aid.

Dr. Brown is currently Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at DMU, where she manages a staff of 26 employees and the operations for five budgetary departments, which include the director of financial aid and director of admissions and recruitment. She is committed to expanding financial aid counseling and financial literacy programming for students.

“With her extensive experience administering and overseeing financial aid programs,” says Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO, “I am confident that Dr. Brown’s perspective and expertise will be invaluable as the USDE seeks to review and revise Title IV financial aid programs and regulations. We are pleased that the USDE has established this Committee and look forward to continuing our work with the Department to ensure federal policies support the educational pathway of the future health care workforce.”

AACOM nominated Dr. Brown to serve on the Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility Committee in September and previously submitted comments to the USDE when it announced its intent to establish negotiated rulemaking committees, urging the Department to recognize the unique characteristics of medical education as they relate to these regulations.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.


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Key Issues

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Single GME Accreditation System

In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by July 2020.

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Osteopathic Medical Education Wellness Initiatives

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

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Diversity In Osteopathic Medical Education

AACOM recognizes that our diversity is our strength and has dedicated itself to developing underrepresented minority interest in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, increasing the diversity of applicants to the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and sharing resources to support prospective and current minority DO students as they navigate through medical school.



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