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.


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

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

Senior Vice President for Medical Education & Research

Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA

Latest News in Osteopathic Medical Education (OME)

AACOM Releases 2018 Financial Aid Debt Management Modules for Osteopathic Medical Students

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is pleased to announce an updated series of educational debt management modules for osteopathic medical students and recent graduates. These modules have been updated to ensure consistency with federal policies and regulations.

Financial aid administrators can use this module series to support and enhance their school’s educational debt management programs and counseling. The modules can also be utilized within schools’ general financial literacy programs.

Each module contains specific information and resources to help osteopathic medical students borrow strategically and ensure they are prepared to responsibly repay their loans after they graduate and enter residency training.

The modules cover a broad scope of important financial aid and budgeting topics:

Module 1: Borrowing Considerations and Repayment Options

  • Provides a summary of the financial aid landscape for incoming osteopathic medical students.

Module 2: Student Loan and Financial Best Practices

  • Identifies useful processes for managing student debt.

Module 3: Choosing Between Federal and Private Repayment and Forgiveness Programs

  • Offers helpful considerations for residents in planning their next steps for loan repayment.

Module 4: Modern Student Loan Repayment Case Studies for Today's Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Demonstrates ways in which information from the preceding modules is put into practice to create a long-term loan and debt management strategy.

Module 5: Managing Your Income and Finances Early in Your Career

  • Presents several practical life-long financial habits for physicians to develop early on.

AACOM offers these modules as part of a continuing commitment to help provide financial aid professionals at the nation’s osteopathic medical schools with the best educational debt management assistance possible for their students and graduates.

Access the modules on the AACOM website.

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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

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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.*  

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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.



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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