NYITCOM at A-State’s Fleming Named Chair of Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles

Jonesboro, Ark. – Regina Fleming, D.O., who serves as chair of the department of osteopathic manipulative medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State), has been elected to a national position that helps shape core curriculum for osteopathic medical schools across the country.

Fleming was recently selected to lead the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP).

“We are incredibly proud to have Dr. Fleming serve in this capacity and represent our institution on the national level,” said Shane Speights, D.O., dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “Dr. Fleming’s expertise will serve ECOP well, and our entire profession will benefit from her work.”

The ECOP are the creators of the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology and “A Teaching Guide for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.” The group also produces several white papers and are the creators of the “Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine” textbook that is used at all colleges of osteopathic medicine.

ECOP’s work directly impacts the core curriculum of Osteopathic Principles and Practice across all osteopathic medical school and guides the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners on what material to include in national board exams. ECOP also standardizes the language osteopathic physicians use to define their profession.

Fleming has served as a member of ECOP since 2018, which was also the year she joined NYITCOM’s faculty. In addition to leading NYITCOM at A-State’s OMM department, Fleming practices Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine the NYITCOM Medical Clinic in Jonesboro.

About NYITCOM at Arkansas State University:

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, located on A-State’s Jonesboro campus, is dedicated to improving access to health care for the underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta Region. Arkansas ranks 48th in overall population health status due to low health indicators including obesity and number of adults who smoke. The state also ranks 46th in the number of active physicians per capita and 39th in the number of primary care physicians. NYITCOM at A-State was established in 2016 with the mission of meeting the need for more physicians in this medically underserved area.

About AACOM 

Founded in 1898, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is the leading voice for the education and training of physicians who practice osteopathic medicine in settings across the medical spectrum—from primary care to the full range of medical specialties. We support our member colleges of osteopathic medicine in their efforts to attract and train individuals who are fueled by a desire to make a difference in our healthcare system by treating the whole person and building a future emphasizing health and wellness for all people. Today, more than 35,000 future physicians—25 percent of all U.S. medical students—are being educated at one of our 39 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine, encompassing 63 teaching locations in 35 states.

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