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AOCA accepting award nominations, SHSU COM lands first residency program

The AOCA is now accepting nominations for six different awards and recognitions; Conroe, Texas COM expected to launch its first accredited physician program.


The osteopathic profession is continually making strides, thanks to the many wonderful DOs and osteopathic medical students who excel in their roles. Following are some recent professional recognitions and accomplishments the profession is currently celebrating.

AOCA seeking nominations for six awards and recognitions

The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA) is accepting nominations for the awards and recognitions listed below:

The nomination period will close April 1, 2023.

Abstract submissions are also now open for presentation at the 2023 AOCA Annual Convention/VAPOR, scheduled Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2023, in St. Pete Beach, Florida. This is a great opportunity for young investigators to share innovative collaborations, evidence-based research and highlight their outstanding work within the field of anesthesiology and the subspecialties.

Abstracts will be accepted in the following two categories: Complex Case and Scientific Investigation. Abstract submission will close at midnight EST, May 15, 2023. For additional information, please contact the AOCA at or 800-842-2622.

SHSU COM to launch first accredited resident physician program in July

Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe, Texas, will launch its first accredited residency training program this summer. In a recent press release, it was announced that the COM will partner with Huntsville Memorial Hospital for a residency in family medicine.

“The mission of Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is to train high-quality physicians who will improve access to primary care in rural areas and communities in need throughout East Texas and beyond,” said Thomas Mohr, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Development of residency training programs in these areas is an important component of that mission.”

The program is scheduled to enroll its first class of four family medicine physicians this July, and will eventually grow to a maximum of 12 residents. The Huntsville Rural Health Clinic will serve as the primary teaching venue for the program.

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