AACOM creates graduate medical education group in 'historic' move

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, which represents accredited U.S. osteopathic medicine colleges, launched a new membership organization to encompass leaders in graduate medical education Jan. 1.

The Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators is a professional membership organization that will encompass members belonging to the former Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.

By integrating AODME's membership base, AACOM can bring together the faculty and leaders that comprise the clinical learning environment for osteopathic undergraduate and graduate medical education.

AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, said the move marks a "momentous step forward for osteopathic medical education."

Doctors of osteopathic medicine currently make up roughly 8.5 percent of licensed physicians, according to a Health Affairs blog post. However, experts suggest the percentage will increase dramatically during the coming years.

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