LECOM well represented at AACOM conference


LECOM made a significant mark on the annual American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine conference held in Bethesda, Md.

Hershey Bell, MD, MS (Med Ed), Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Evaluation and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at LECOM, was selected as an inaugural member of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME).

Hershey Bell, MD, MS (Med Ed), Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Evaluation and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, receives a plaque from Michael D. Adelman, DO, JD, Chairman of the AACOM Board of Deans, acknowledging his selection to the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the NAOME was designed to develop a community of outstanding educators who have met rigorous standards of academic scholarship. Each Academy Fellow is inducted for a five-year period, during which the individual serves as a leader and mentor for academic scholarship in the osteopathic medical education profession.

Dr. Bell is among the first class of Fellows, which were selected following a rigorous application and selection process, including the training of selectors and oversight of the selection process by Nancy Searle, EdD, Director, Baylor Academy of Distinguished Educators.

In addition to Dr. Bell’s prestigious honor, several LECOM faculty members, administrators and students earned accolades for their commitment to osteopathic education and advancement over the past year.

Second-year LECOM Erie medical student John Leuenberger and second-year LECOM Bradenton medical student Katie Menssen were recognized as the LECOM Student DO of the Year recipients.

Richard Ortoski, DO, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Primary Care Clinical Director at LECOM, presented two posters at the session: “The LECOM Primary Care Scholars Pathway: An Innovative 3 Year Curricular Design – The First Class.” Russell Sexton, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry at LECOM Bradenton, also presented a poster on his summer program for high school students based on the Problem-Based Learning Pathway.

LECOM alumni Kathy Voigt, DO, and Enrico Ramos, DO, presented a poster on “The Forgotten People: The Lack of Premedical Advisement for Alaskan Students.” Both graduates are in the residency program at UNTHSC in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The LECOM Department of Communications and Marketing received two AACOM Excellence in Communications Awards. The department was awarded third place for “Best Program: Public Education of Community Service” for the LECOM Erie Poison Prevention Program, and second place for “Best Multimedia” for the school’s “Prepare Yourself” television advertisements.

April 29, 2009
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