April 2017

Dear AODME Colleagues,

Happy Spring!

It is a time for new beginnings. This will be my final letter to you as your President. The year has been an extremely busy one and has gone by quickly. Our annual business meeting is coming up next week during the joint AACOM/AODME conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 26, in the Waterview B-D rooms.

By now, all members should have received the Unification Statement released by AODME and AACOM. It is important that all active AODME members who registered for the annual meeting are present during the meeting, so that we have a quorum when we vote on the resolution for dissolution of the AODME corporation. There will be a special town hall meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Harborside E Room of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel to discuss the unification.

Also, during next week’s business meeting, AOA President Boyd Buser, DO, will give an update on the Single Accreditation System, and Margaret Hardy, JD, will give an update on federal legislation concerning GME. In addition, we will be holding elections for the AODME board positions of President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.

Since my last letter, we held our joint ACGME and AODME Osteopathic Pre-Conference prior to the ACGME Annual Conference in Orlando. It was a successful event – the first time that the ACGME has collaborated with another organization in a meeting. We tried to have presentations that would assist program directors in all stages of the single accreditation process. The ACGME has continued to include the AODME as a participant in the Pursuing Excellence Initiative, as well as the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE).

Congratulations to AODME member Olivia Ojano Sheehan, PhD, Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sheehan was selected to participate on the planning group for the NCICLE Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment Symposium planned for this fall. She had been very active in our AODME Leadership programs.

Upcoming events include two webinars in May addressing a very serious problem in our profession—Mental Illness and Suicide Risk in Medical Students and Physicians. Both webinars will be given by Ulrich Vieux, DO. Other upcoming webinar topics include the Scholar series, a number of workshops on research topics that were recorded by Robert Hostoffer, DO, and Brian Peppers, DO, PhD. The Ohio Osteopathic Association is sharing the webinar series and allowing AODME to post the webinars on our website. Sarah James, DO will be giving a webinar on the evaluation process of the Core Competency Committee involving the milestones for Osteopathic Recognition. The date has not yet been set. If you have not viewed any of the live AODME webinars, I highly recommend that you review the list of recorded programs available here on the AODME website. The webinars can be used for faculty development.

As mentioned earlier, this past year has been a busy one. Here is a brief recap:

  • The AODME Board had its annual retreat last July to determine what we thought was the best option for the future direction of the organization. After many subsequent Board meetings, as well as meetings between the Executive boards of AODME and AACOM, our Board determined that the best option would be joining with AACOM. The AODME Board is now recommending to our membership that we dissolve the AODME corporation in order to unify with AACOM.
  • The AODME has a website that has been updated. Multiple webinars have been available with topics ranging from Osteopathic Recognition to GME–related subjects.
  • In our Newsline, we have started to showcase stories that relate to our webinar presenters, as well as other topics that may be of interest to readers, such as Osteopathic Medicine, GME and/or UME. I encourage members to submit topics to our staff. You do not need to write your own article, although we will not discourage you if you choose to do so.
  • AODME brought forth a resolution to PTRC last year that resulted in a change in policy concerning postponement of AOA inspections for programs currently undergoing the ACGME application process.

We have been involved with ACGME in multiple venues including:

  • Participation in the Pursuing Excellence Initiative meetings
  • Participation in the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE)
  • Providing comment to the ACGME Common Program Requirements Section VI, as well as recommendations for the revision of Sections
  • Collaboration on the Joint Osteopathic Pre-Conference at the ACGME Annual Conference

There are a number of people whom I would like to thank:

  • The AODME Board, especially the Executive Board, for their tremendous assistance and support during the past year
  • The AODME staff members Alexis Curtis, Andrew P. Peck, and Neal Katz, who worked diligently to help accomplish our goals
  • Margaret Hardy, JD, who has been a huge asset through her counsel and assistance
  • All AODME webinar presenters for this past year
  • AODME members who serve on AOA bureaus, councils and committees on behalf of our organization
  • AODME Board members Dana Shaffer, DO and Juan Acosta, DO, who respectively served as Chairs of our Communication and Educational Programs committees
  • OPTI Council members Howard Shulman, DO (Chair) and Richard LaBaere, DO (Co-Chair)
  • All AODME members for their support during the year

It has been a privilege and honor to serve this organization as your president. I have learned much from the experience. Little did I know that I chose an appropriate quotation- “The Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt as part of my President’s speech last year. It has been a challenging journey, but one that I feel was necessary. I am optimistic and look forward to working with the organization as the new AOGME. We will move on and evolve as we strive to increase training programs on osteopathic principles and to provide assistance and support for these programs thus continuing to train the physicians of the future.

Lynn Mark, DO, MA, FACOFP


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