Dear Fellow AODME Members,
I hope you are enjoying this fall as much as I am with the cool mornings, warm afternoons and changing colors. I realize that fall will be different depending on where you are located, but in Michigan it is beautiful right now. With all the happenings in the country right now including mass shootings, hurricanes, and record wild fires, we need to pause and take time to appreciate the moment and the blessings in our lives. Our hearts go out to all of those directly or indirectly affected by the tragedies this fall.
For many of you, recruiting is underway and many fourth year students are traveling to meet your programs. It is a busy time of year and our board has been working hard to move the unification process forward on the timeline that we had created. The details will be announced after the AACOM Board meeting in mid-November, but I can tell you that this process of working with AACOM has been collegial and welcoming. There will be more support for our organization to do and offer more for our members. We have a similar goal in mind and that has helped to keep us moving toward the same timeline. We hope to have the process formalized on January 1, 2018 and it appears that will be attainable. Details to be sent later this fall.
Our webinars have been well attended and our speakers have been very informative. If you have not been able to attend any of them, you can find them on our website and watch them at a time that is convenient to you. Our next webinar is scheduled for November 1st at 4pm EST with Dr. John Gimpel giving us an update on NBOME and COMLEX-USA. The COMLEX 3 exam is changing and by September 2018 it will be a two-day exam — tune in to hear more details about the changes that are coming. We have more scheduled for the winter of 2018. Please let us know if you have a need for a topic to be addressed and we will get that on the schedule.
As many of you are going through the ACGME application process, you may come across road blocks or difficulties in how to fill out the application. Again, please contact us with any questions or concerns and we will direct your question to the appropriate board member or resource.
Our next AODME Sponsored event will be a joint one with ACGME. For the second year, we will be co-sponsoring a workshop on March 1, 2018 on topics around Single Accreditation System and Osteopathic Recognition. Check back here for announcements on how to register for this meeting.
There is still time to apply for the honor of being inducted into the Collegium of Fellows for AODME. The application can be found at this link. The deadline to get your application in is December 31, 2017. Dr. Joanne Mitchell, chair of the collegium, will be organizing a meeting at our spring conference to identify and broaden our role in the new Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators.
The CME committees for AACOM and AODME have been working hard to narrow down the topics and speakers for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington DC April 18-21. We had over 250 submissions for presentations and posters and they are all being reviewed now. The theme for this year’s meeting is Educating Leaders 2018: Building Successful Collaborations. As we had last year, there will be a GME track for those of our members who want to focus on topics that are related to the GME office, SAS, Osteopathic Recognition and Leadership. We expect registration to open in December with an early bird discount. Watch for announcements in your email and on the website.
As always, we are here to serve our members and assist in the GME community. If there is anything that we can do to assist your educational needs or ACGME applications, please send us an email and we will reach out to you.
All my best,
Joanne K. Baker, DO, FAODME