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Institutional Planning

The Division of Institutional Effectiveness oversees the College’s strategic planning process and assists in the development of mission-driven projects that enhance the institution’s ability to deliver quality osteopathic medical education.

ACOM 2016-2021 Strategic Plan

Objectives
1.1 Increase the number of applicants who meet admission requirements for selection and enrollment with an emphasis on ACOM Core Values.
1.2 Enhance marketing efforts through branding, digital communication strategies, and global engagement.
1.3 Promote student success through student support services, including registrar, financial aid, academic support and career advising.
1.4 Facilitate student engagement through student and alumni programs.

Objectives
2.1 Optimize Curriculum Architecture and Knowledge Acquisition activities.
2.2 Increase and maximize opportunities for Knowledge Application for students.
2.3 Enhance opportunities for interprofessional education.
2.4 Enhance and expand the core site, hospital, and preceptor network.
2.5 Assess the continuum of osteopathic medical education throughout the ACOM curriculum.
2.6 Increase graduate medical education training opportunities.
2.7 Expand the OPP-focused, ACOM educational clinic presence.
2.8 Assess the value of attaining SACS regional accreditation to foster interprofessional program development, quality of medical education on campus and impact on future healthcare needs of the region.

Objectives
3.1 Expand and enhance modern teaching facilities and technology to facilitate teaching and learning.
3.2 Expand and enhance learning resources that promote evidence-based medical education.
3.3 Optimize technology and learning resource access, use and effectiveness at affiliated teaching sites.
3.4 Optimize faculty and preceptor development programs to share best practices in teaching, assessment, research and learning.

Objectives
4.1 Develop and maintain research facilities and acquire equipment to support research.
4.2 Establish and maintain policies and procedures and opportunities for conducting faculty and student research.
4.3 Advance the institution’s research efforts in osteopathic principles and practice.
4.4 Increase medical education research and dissemination, with an emphasis on employing and sharing best practices.
4.5 Identify grant funding opportunities to support institutional and faculty research endeavors.
4.6 Collaborate with external partners, the ACOM clinical network, and ACOM-affiliated residency programs on research efforts to support scholarly activity and development for students and faculty.

Objectives
5.1 Conduct initiatives that promote osteopathic awareness.
5.2 Develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan to support the student body and employees of ACOM.
5.3 Increase service activities that benefit the community, with a focus on the medically underserved.
5.4 Facilitate diversity, cultural competence, ethics and professionalism throughout the ACOM community.
5.5 Expand health and wellness services, and safety for the ACOM community through facility, property and infrastructure improvements to the ACOM campus to improve faculty, staff, and student wellbeing and resilience.

Current Institutional Projects

Study Space Expansion

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ACOM is expanding available study spaces throughout the campus to accommodate the College’s class size expansion. Improvements include the addition of numerous height-adjustable tables with power stations and ergonomic chairs. This project is slated to be completed in 2020.

Sim Center Expansion

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ACOM is expanding the existing Center for Excellence in Simulation to a 10,000-square-foot facility. The new center will be equipped with eight (8) simulation bays, a larger skills lab and additional study spaces. The new center is slated to be completed in 2021.

Completed Institutional Projects

Freestanding Morgue

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With the success of the Willed Body Program, ACOM expanded the existing cold storage space for anatomical donations to include a freestanding morgue located adjacent to the main facility.

Simulation Center

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ACOM initially expanded its simulation center by relocating it to a stand-alone facility on the campus. The nearly 3,000-square-foot structure doubled the size of the original space from two bays to four and added a dedicated skills lab.

First Patient Memorial

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Through the generous support of the Wiregrass Foundation, ACOM established a unique memorial to honor anatomical donors who further medical education by serving as the medical students’ first patients.

Team-Based Learning Center

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In response to the growing need for a dedicated and open space for collaboration, ACOM opened the 6,100-square-foot Team-Based Learning (TBL) Center. The TBL has increased opportunities for team-based curricular activities, as well as small and large-scale events.

Performance Exam Suite

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ACOM expanded its original 12-room Performance Exam Suite to accommodate clinical skills training with the class size increase. The suite now offers 16 rooms and additional hallway spaces with computer stations for documentation.

Research Lab

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The nearly 4,000-square-foot Center for Research, located on the third floor, features multiple work stations for bench research and dedicated rooms and core equipment for microscopy, tissue culture and histology.

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