Updates in the DO profession

Texas COM to launch new residency program, MAOPS offers opportunity to earn up to 48 CME credit hours

SHSU-COM has partnered with a local hospital to offer the COM’s first family medicine residency, and MAOPS recently hosted the VOC, a large virtual conference.


Osteopathic medicine continues making strides thanks to the contributions of dedicated professionals in the health care industry, including the leadership at Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) in Conroe, Texas, and organizations like MAOPS who provide excellent continuing medical education opportunities for physicians. Read about SHSU-COM’s new residency program and MAOPS’ CME offerings below.

SHSU-COM set to launch first resident physician program this summer

Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) recently announced its first accredited resident physician program, slated to launch this July. SHSU-COM and Huntsville Memorial Hospital will partner together to offer a residency in family medicine.

The residency program is expected to enroll its first class of four family medicine physicians this July and will eventually grow to accommodate a maximum of 12 residents. The rural health clinic of Huntsville Memorial Hospital will serve as the primary venue for the new program.

SHSU-COM Dean Thomas J. Mohr, DO, said, “The mission of SHSU-COM 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. Development of residency training programs in these areas is an important component of that mission.”

SHSU-COM first opened its doors in 2020, and the first class of SHSU-COM will graduate later this year, in 2024.

For more information on SHSU-COM or the family medicine residency, please visit the university’s website.

MAOPS hosts conference offering up to 48 CME credit hours

In February, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) hosted a large virtual continuing medical education conference, the Virtual Osteopathic Conference (VOC). The VOC took place Feb. 16-18 and featured 48 CME programs eligible for AOA Category 1-A and AMA PRA Category 1™ accreditation.

The 2024 conference offered both live and on-demand content for participants from around the country. VOC attendees had the opportunity to learn from industry leaders from the comfort of their home or office, meaning affordability and convenience for participants. Additionally, conference sessions are available on-demand until June 30.

Brian Bowles, executive director of MAOPS, said, “Every year, the VOC is a hub for physician learning, and we are proud to offer high quality, convenient, flexible and affordable CME again this year.”

MAOPS partnered with osteopathic medical associations from Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Tennessee, as well as the Missouri State Medical Association, to present the VOC.

The 2025 VOC is scheduled to take place Feb. 14-16. For more information about the VOC and additional CME opportunities, please visit the MAOPS CME portal.

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