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Welcome to the AACOM Media Center. Here you'll find links to information on AACOM’s issues and initiatives, details about our most recent publications, and news from across the osteopathic medical education community. This section also features links to AACOM’s latest reports, research, and other multimedia resources.


About AACOM

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.


Our Leadership

AACOM's leadership represents the top experts in the field of osteopathic medical education. If you would like a member of AACOM leadership to speak at your event please contact Paul Demiglio at pdemiglio@aacom.org.


Dr. Shannon Portrait

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

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Pamela Murphy, MSW

Senior Vice President of Government Relations

Pamela Murphy, MSW
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Senior Vice President for Medical Education & Research

Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA


Latest News in Osteopathic Medical Education (OME)

Apply Today: 2018 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program

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AACOM 2018 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program
Accepting Applications

AACOM’s 2018 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. The program, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes incoming and continuing underrepresented minority students at AACOM’s member colleges. Help AACOM spread the word by forwarding this email to eligible students at your schools.

Eligible applicants must be:

  1. African American; Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian); mainland Puerto Rican; orHispanic American
  2. Currently enrolled in his/her first, second, or third year at an AACOM member college, or have been accepted and plan to matriculate at an AACOM member college
  3. In good academic standing
  4. Not a previous Arnstein Minority Scholarship awardee

Entries must be submittedby March 31, 2018. All entries must be complete and meet all specified requirements. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Awardees will be notified in August 2018.

Visit AACOM's Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program web page for more information.

Our Publications


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Explore AACOM's e-news source, Inside OME, which highlights latest updates in osteopathic medical education and the profession.

Read the latest issue and archives.

See all AACOM publications.

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Washington Insider is a biweekly e-newsletter aimed at keeping our membership and partners informed and involved in the policy discussions that impact osteopathic medical education

Subscribe to Washington Insider

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OGME Now, AACOM's Assembly of Graduate Osteopathic Medical Educators (AOGME) monthly e-newsletter, features osteopathic graduate medical education news, events, and resources, GME legislative updates, and more. This newsletter is an exclusive benefit of AOGME members.*  

Not a Member? Join AOGME and receive the next issue of OGME Now

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.

Resources

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Visit AACOM Reports for the latest data and research on osteopathic medical school applicants, enrollment, curriculum, diversity, graduate medical education (GME) Match placement, and much, much more!

Check out the latest videos, podcasts and presentations by AACOM covering the latest issues within osteopathic medical education from single graduate medical education accreditation to student interviews, diversity and more!
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