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COCA oversees accreditation standards and procedures for colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Call for nominations to the COCA

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) seeks nominations for anticipated vacancies to the COCA.

Open positions

The following seats on the COCA will be open for appointment for a three-year term (2019-2022):

  • One public member
  • Two members-at-large

The following seats are currently held by commissioners whose terms will expire in July 2019, but may be renewed for another three-year term through re-appointment. Each of these commissioners has expressed an intention to seek re-appointment and, therefore, will be nominated for re-appointment. However, the AOA President may appoint another individual to fill these seats.

  • One dean
  • One hospital administrator
  • Two members-at-large

Nomination process
The COCA Secretary will receive nominations from interested individuals and deliver them to the COCA Nominations Committee. The committee will review all nominations and refer candidates for further consideration by the AOA Education Nominations Committee (ENC). The ENC will determine the candidates for consideration by the AOA President and refer them for appointment to the COCA. Please note the AOA President may appoint individuals from the list of candidates referred by the ENC or any other individual the president deems eligible and qualified to serve on the COCA.

How to apply
Nominations will be accepted through Monday, May 20, 2019. All persons interested in seeking an appointment to the COCA can either nominate themselves or apply through a third party. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that includes eligibility requirements according to the definitions listed above.

Electronic submissions are highly encouraged and can be sent to Applications also can be mailed to Brian G. Kim, Esq., Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association. 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611.

All appointments will be announced in late July or early August. Upon appointment, the appointed individual must attend the next COCA meeting, including an orientation session, Aug. 21-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

About COCA
The COCA is the only accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit colleges of osteopathic medicine. The COCA is comprised of 19 commissioners who consider and adjudicate applications for the establishment of new colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), pre-accreditation and accreditation of COMs, mid-cycle and annual reports, and requests for substantive change, among other accreditation activities in accordance with the accreditation standards. The COCA membership is as follows:

  • 4 COM deans
  • 1 Biomedical science faculty member at a COM (not a dean)
  • 2 GME leaders
  • 1 Clinical science faculty member of a COM (not a dean)
  • 3 Public members
  • 1 Hospital or medical clinic administrator
  • 4 AOA members-at-large (not deans)
  • 1 Student services representative from a COM
  • 1 Physician member of a state medical licensing board
  • 1 DO resident/fellow or physician in practice less than five years

Each of these positions is defined in the COCA Handbook.

The COCA meets in multi-day sessions (three to four days) in April, August, and December. Much of the work of the COCA is performed through committee assignments. Visit the COCA website for further information.

The American Osteopathic Association President will make all appointments to the COCA following the installation of the president at the conclusion of the House of Delegates meeting in July.

2018-2019 COCA membership roster

Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP, Chair
Director, Center for Geriatrics
DSWOP Endowed Chair and Professor in Geriatrics
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX
Educator (2018-21)

David A. Forstein, DO, FACOOG, Vice Chair
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY
Educator (2017-20)

Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP
Associate Medical Director
Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Smithtown, NY
Director of Medical Education (2018-21)

Susan Belanger, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-B
System Ethicist
Covenant Health
Tewksbury, MA
Public Member (2018-21)

William T. Betz, DO, MBA, FACOFP, dist.
(Senior Associate Dean for Osteopathic Medical Education
University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Naples, FL
Member-at-Large (2016-19)

Michael B. Clearfield, DO, FACOI, FACP
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA
Vallejo, CA
Dean, Private College (2016-19)

Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
Assistant Professor Family Medicine
Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Campbell University-Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Buies Creek, NC
Member-at-Large (2016-19)

Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS
Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glendale, AZ
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

J. William McCord, Jr., DO
McCord Anesthesia and Consulting
Brownsboro, AL
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

Franklin J. Medio, PhD
Consulting Services for the Health Professions
Charleston, SC
Public Member (2016-19)

Honorable Patricia L. Mitchell
Administrative Judge
District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County
Rockville, MD
Public Member (2018-21)

Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Founding Dean
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
San Antonio, TX
Member-at-Large (2017-20)

Evelyn A. Schwalenberg, DO, FACP, FACOI, FNAOME
Associate Clinical Professor/Director Medical Student Clinical Education and Advising
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Biddeford, ME
Member-at-Large (2018-21)

Kayse M. Donnelly Shrum, DO
President and Dean
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tulsa, OK
Dean, Public College (2018-21)

Jeffrey Stroup, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Chief Operating Officer
Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust
Tulsa, OK
Hospital Administrator (2016-19)

James M. Turner, DO, FACOFP, FACO
Dean emeritus, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hattiesburg, MS
Member-at-Large (2018-21)

AOA Staff to the Commission
Brian G. Kim, JD, Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

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