American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

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American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
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Abbreviation AACOM
Formation 1898
Type Professional association
Headquarters Chevy Chase, MD
  • United States
Official language
President/Chief Executive Officer
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
Vice President for Medical Education
Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA
Associate Vice President of Medical Education
Tyler Cymet, DO
Osteopathic medicine
in the United States

Andrew Taylor Still (founder)

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is a non-profit organization that supports the United States' colleges of osteopathic medicine and serves as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. Governed by its Board of Deans and led by President Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H., the association fosters collaboration among its member institutions and is active in advocacy at the federal government level.

The organization often works in collaboration with other allied associations and promotes public awareness of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine. It provides centralized services to its members, including data collection and analysis and operation of the online application service (AACOMAS) for prospective students[1][2] applying to osteopathic medical schools.


Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, serves as the President and CEO of the association, directing and assisting AACOM in achieving its goals and objectives. John E. Roane, Jr., serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the association, managing AACOM’s finance and administrative operations. Other staff leadership[3] includes Thomas Levitan, MEd, Vice President for Research & Application Services, Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, Vice President for Medical Education, and Pamela Murphy, MSW, Director of Government Relations.


AACOM publishes the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book[4] annually and a free monthly newsletter, Inside OME,[5] on issues related to osteopathic medical education. In addition, the organization maintains an online bookstore with resources for potential applicants, faculy and staff members, medical students, and any other parties interested in osteopathic medical education.

In 2009, AACOM published the "Osteopathic GME Match Report," covering data on COMLEX examination scores, credentials, research and volunteer experiences for applicants to residency programs across 21 medical specialties.[6] The report was the first and only report on the osteopathic residency match. In 2011, AACOM published a second "Osteopathic GME Match Report."[7]


AACOM has a Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents to represent students from the 31 osteopathic medical schools in the United States.[8] The student council was officially established in 1972.[8]

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  1. ^ "AACOMAS® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Application Deadlines
  3. ^ AACOM Staff and Leadership
  4. ^ "2013 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "AACOM's Inside OME". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Schierhorn, Carolyn (December 21, 2011). "Match report sheds light on credentials needed to secure residencies". The DO. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Schierhorn, Carolyn (Dec 27, 2012). "Strike a match: Report helps students gauge themselves, rank programs". The DO. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "About COSGP". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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