American Osteopathic Association

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AHP/OMEL: LEAD Conference

Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) Conference
Jan. 25-26, 2018 | Austin, Texas

Future leaders, this is the conference for you. New for 2018, Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships (AHP) and Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders (OMEL) Conference will be combined into one program, delivering Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) training to individuals throughout the osteopathic medical profession. Additional content will be delivered through focused tracks providing advanced educational content to meet the needs of individual attendees. 


This integrated experience will include keynote speakers for all attendees and networking opportunities allowing professionals across the career spectrum to learn from each other. Breakout sessions will give individuals a chance to choose the topic areas and focus that best meeting their career and leadership development needs. The closing session will focus on why osteopathic leaders' unique expertise is so essential in the ongoing effort to elevate patient care and care delivery in the U.S.

Fireside chat with Kathleen Sebelius and Avik Roy

sebelius-2.jpgFormer U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join author and political strategist Avik Roy for a fireside chat on the future of health care delivery in America. Among many topics for debate will be the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and what should happen next with public health care policy. The chat will be moderated by Joseph Giaimo, DO, who is a member of the AOA Board of Trustees.

Keynote speaker: Lucy Kalanithi, MD

Lucy Kalanithi, MDLucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, is the widow of the late Paul Kalanithi, MD, who wrote the memoir "When Breath Becomes Air," for which she wrote the epilogue. Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in health care value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life based on her professional experience as an internal medicine physician and her personal experience standing alongside her husband through his diagnosis, treatment and death. Read The DO's recent interview with Dr. Kalanithi.

Interactive career development workshops

Career coaches from The Collective Academy will deliver interactive and engaging workshops on leadership and personal brand development. Flank 5 Academy delivers inspirational leadership and career fulfillment programs using a strengths-based, growth-mindset methodology. Through a combination of large group exercises and "pair and share" dialogue, participants will explore how to tell their story and deliver impactful leadership.

Who should attend?

The target audience for the LEAD conference is individuals seeking training and expertise that will provide them with the tools and resources they need to advance their leadership and advocacy skills. Content will be tailored to meet the needs of various groups represented in the osteopathic medical profession, including:

  • Medical educators and administrators

  • DME and DIOs

  • Osteopathic affiliate leaders

  • Osteopathic medical students, residents and fellows

  • Practicing physicians

  • AOA certification board members

  • State regulators

  • Members of the AOA Bureau of Emerging Leaders

  • Health system administrators


The conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 and conclude by 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.

Email with questions about the AHP/OMEL: LEAD conference.

Hotel Information

The AOA has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $239 per night at the Hilton Austin. Attendees can book via the reservation link or by calling the Hilton team at (512) 482-8000 or (800) HILTONS. Mention the AHP/OMEL group to receive the group rate.


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