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Three Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Selected for AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium

Osteopathic schools join 11 founding members of the consortium to lead the future of medical education

CHICAGO—November 10, 2015— The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) congratulates three colleges of osteopathic medicine chosen to join the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The announcement marked the first time osteopathic medical schools were competitively selected by the AMA to help inform strategies to evolve undergraduate medical education.

Originally comprised of 11 schools, the consortium aims to bridge the gap between how medical students are trained and how health care is delivered. Each school will receive a $75,000 grant for its work in transforming medical education to better align with the needs of health care in the 21st century.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with other leading medical educators and elevate the impact of the osteopathic philosophy on the quality of health care delivered in America,” said AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines.

The three colleges, A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), were selected based on their proposals in transforming medical education:

  • ATSU-SOMA is pioneering a total immersion-training model in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Embedded in 12 urban and rural community health centers, students will conduct needs assessments and perform community-based research, quality improvement or service projects that recognize the local social and economic determinants of health.

  • MSUCOM is launching a longitudinal curricular innovation to help medical students acquire the knowledge, skills and tools essential for the promotion of patient safety. Planned learning activities begin in the first year of medical school, continue during clerkship and culminate with synthesis-level projects in the first year of residency.

  • OU-HCOM is developing a new osteopathic medical education value-based care curriculum, which is an innovative, competency-based program that integrates primary care delivery and medical education. The curriculum is being developed by a team of medical and education professionals from OU-HCOM and the Cleveland Clinic and will be implemented at the OU-HCOM Cleveland Campus.

“We’re so proud of the excellent work coming out of these colleges of osteopathic medicine,” White-Faines said. “Their work is aligned with the commitment of AOA and our colleagues at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to invest in osteopathic-focused research to better understand the impact of our unique approach to care on patient outcomes.”

Led by a national advisory panel, 21 schools were selected from a pool of 170 qualified U.S. medical schools that applied. The innovations developed by these schools will affect 12,000 medical students who will provide care for more than 20 million patients annually.

The Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium partner schools will continue to work collaboratively to transform medical education in the following six key areas:

  • Pathways
  • Content
  • Health care delivery
  • Technology
  • Adaptive learning
  • Integrating leadership and teamwork training

About the AOA

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 122,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. To learn more, visit


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