February/March 2017

Dear AODME Colleagues,

Spring is almost here. I think. In the Northeast it feels as though someone has been playing with nature’s thermostat. One day it’s warm and sunny and the next day it’s brutally cold.

Regardless of the weather you’ve been having, I hope you did well during the Osteopathic National Match that occurred in February. According to the AOA there was a 73 percent match this year and I hope that you matched with your top candidates. Family Medicine programs had the highest match rate followed by internal medicine and emergency medicine. More specific information is available on the National Match information.

Before I continue with my letter, I would like to take the time to thank Steven Gates, D.O., for his time and dedication to AODME during his tenure on our Board. Unfortunately, Dr. Gates has resigned as President-Elect due to personal family and professional obligations. We are sorry to see Dr. Gates step down but understand the circumstances and respect his decision.

In my letter I will cover:

• AODME Webinars
• Featured member article (new)
• Meetings
• CMS update
• COCA Standards revision
• AODME board and alignment update

This month, continuing with our webinar series, we plan to have a presentation addressing barriers to learning, titled: Webinar: Deficit or Defiance?. The presentation is by Rica Amity, Ph.D., N.C.C.

Besides delivering our webinars, AODME staff works hard to get the Newsline out and are always looking for stories of interest for our members. In previous Newsline issues we have had interviews with people who have given AODME webinars, are involved with upcoming AODME events and/or are providing services that assist our members. I think that AODME members would also like to hear about fellow members who are doing something different, have recommendations on how to do something better or have received an award/acknowledgement for something pertaining to Osteopathic Medical Education. We start this month with an article about Sandra Koehn, D.O, an Internal Medicine resident in an Osteopathic Recognized program at the WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. Dr. Koehn helped teach OMM to a group of Malagasy physicians during an international health elective in Madagascar.

Upcoming meetings include the ACGME annual conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, next week; with the first joint ACGME/AODME Osteopathic Pre-Conference being held on Thursday, March 9th. Registration is also open for the joint AACOM/AODME meeting, April 26-28 in Baltimore. The AODME annual meeting and elections will be held on Wednesday, April 26th. Joint Meeting Registration.

In Margaret Hardy’s CMS report, she summarizes CMS’ announcements concerning Closed Hospital Redistributions Rounds 8-10. She also points out that teaching hospitals need to have written agreements concerning training and financial arrangements with non-provider (or non-hospital) sites where their trainees rotate.

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has made some revisions to their accreditation standards. Items include the credentials of the Chair of a College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (COM) Department of OMM, Educational Consortium Membership and Osteopathic Recognition GME. The standards are open for public comment until Sunday, March 5. COCA standards revisions for information.

In my January letter, I mentioned that the AODME Board has had serious discussions concerning the future of AODME. Members from the AODME and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Executive Board/Council of Deans met and discussed what type of relationship the two organizations could have together. The two organizations together would provide a continuum of Osteopathic education- UME and GME. More information will be available prior to our April AODME Annual Business meeting. As I had mentioned before, the final decision regarding the future of AODME will be made by you, our members.

If you have something interesting pertaining to Osteopathic Medical Education that you would like to share with other AODME members or have any recommendations for webinar topics, please email: Alexis Curtis, AODME Affiliate Executive.

Lynn Mark, DO, MA, FACOFP


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