July/August 2017

Dear AODME Colleagues,

July has seen a flurry of activity for the AODME board of trustees! And, our pace will continue throughout the rest of the year as we continue to plan for the unification with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

The AODME board met in Chicago for a Strategic Planning Retreat on July 19 and 20. The board continued its strategic planning work from last year with facilitator John Becknell, PhD, as we continue to innovate, assess new opportunities, and determine the best way to support you, our members in the GME community. We emerged from the retreat with a guide to develop the memorandum of understanding with AACOM, draft bylaws for the newly formed Assembly of Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME), and anticipation for the considerable opportunity before us.

Our strategic planning efforts will be ongoing and have formed a Transition Committee comprised of a subset of board members to work with our attorney on dissolution of AOGME and support the transition to AACOM. Along the way, I will keep the membership well informed of every step of the transition.

I was also able to provide an update of AODME activities to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) board of trustees at their meeting on July 19, and attend the AOA House of Delegates. You can find the resolutions and how they were voted upon by clicking here.

As I mentioned in my last letter, we will be continuing to operate with business as usual until AODME dissolves. We will be continuing all of our member services including our monthly webinar series. There are many interesting topics in the works and please don’t forget to visit the AODME website to view our webinar archive. A recent addition is the Scholar 7 Series presented by Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, PhD and Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD.

The AACOM/AODME Annual Conference Planning Committee had its first meeting on July 24, to begin planning for the 2018 annual conference. Please mark your calendars for April 18 – 21, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. If you are interested in volunteering for the planning committee, please contact AODME staff, Samyuktha Gumidyala, at sgumidyala@osteopathic.org.

Wishing you an enjoyable rest of the summer!


Joanne K. Baker, DO, FAODME


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