September 2017

Dear AODME Colleagues,

It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner and for those of us in the North we are feeling cooler mornings. I am sure that many of us have either personal experience or know of someone affected by the two Hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. AODME has colleagues, students and residents that are training in the states affected by these storms and we send out our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for safety and recovery. It is hard to imagine what additional challenges they are all facing both personally and professionally as they care for themselves, their patients, and their studies.

Many thanks to Drs. Hostoffer and Peppers for sharing their work on assisting us with scholarly activity. We have added a new series to our webinar page called Scholar 4 Series. Scholar 4 will help the researcher to develop an abstract, poster, oral presentation, and manuscript. This is a continuation of the Scholar 7 series that is also on our webinar page.

We have more live webinars that are scheduled for this fall with the next one on September 27th. Laura Edgar, EdD will be presenting on The Milestones: The Good, The Bad, and What You Should be Doing. If you are not able to attend the webinar live, the recording will be on the website a short time later for reference at a later date.

Our Joint AACOM and AODME Annual conference will be in Washington D. C. April 18-21, 2018 and the theme for this meeting is Educating Leaders 2018. It is not too late to submit a presentation proposal for a poster or oral presentation and the deadline for submission is Thursday, September 21.

We are currently accepting applications for our Collegium of Fellows for the AODME. The application deadline is December 31, 2017 and we would like you to look at the application and crosswalk to see that you may already have what is necessary to apply for this distinguished honor.

Watch for announcements for registration for the upcoming ACGME meeting March 1-4, 2018. AODME will be conducting an osteopathic pre-conference with ACGME that will continue to support our AOA programs as they progress through to the Single Accreditation System.

Our board is continuing to work towards Unification with AACOM and have completed a set of proposed bylaws for AOGME to the AACOM board. The bylaws look to guide how the Assembly will function within AACOM and our continued purpose of supporting leaders in graduate medical education as well as continued support of education on osteopathic principles and Osteopathic Recognition in our GME programs. Our members will have not only the benefits that they currently have with AODME but also have even more opportunities with AACOM and their organization. We will keep you posted as we hear more from the AACOM board.

As we keep wellness in mind for our students and residents, I hope that you all have the opportunity to think of your own well-being and can find time to do something for yourselves in the coming days.


Joanne K. Baker, DO, FAODME


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