The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) at Dothan recently announced organizational changes to the Division of Clinical Sciences, as well as an addition to the Dean’s Office.
The ACOM Division of Clinical Sciences implemented organizational changes to better streamline its functionality and organized its faculty into three departments, Primary Care Medicine and Specialty Medicine, and Osteopathic Principles and Practices.
The Department of Primary Care Medicine, headed by Martin Clemmons, DO, FACIO, includes Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. Praful Patel, MD, FACOG, leads the specialty medicine department which encompasses areas such as emergency medicine, general surgery, and OB/GYN. Thomas Fotopoulos, DO, will continue to lead the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practices.
“These changes should allow for greater communication and camaraderie among our faculty,” said Stevan Walkowski, DO, FAAMA, associate dean of clinical sciences.
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Departments meet regularly to share ideas and concerns specific to the medicine they practice. The creation of three academic departments with three chairs provides greater representation and an opportunity to deal with problems as they arise with good and reasonable solutions.
Additionally, the Dean’s Office announced that Jonathan Leo, Ph.D., has assumed the role of Senior Dean of Student Advancement Assistance. Additionally, Leo will continue his duties as an anatomy teacher along with his teaching responsibilities.
The Senior Assistant Dean of Student Advancement is a new role at ACOM focused on student success that will support the school’s growth and the priority of its academic excellence strategic plan. Within the new Division of Medical Education, the Senior Assistant Dean of Student Advancement will serve as a strategic and operational champion to improve student success by developing and implementing advancement strategies for learning , engagement, retention and program completion.
In his new role, Leo will oversee the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence. He will work closely with the Academic Deans, Associate Dean of Student Services, and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness to support student development, academic success, and ACOM’s mission and values.
Leo has 27 years of experience teaching anatomy and neuroanatomy in osteopathic schools. He is also a well-respected researcher and writer, and has held several leadership positions in medical education, including Associate Dean of Students and Graduate Programs.