Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA, as Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research, leads AACOM’s efforts to determine the current state and future development of osteopathic medical education (OME). He directs AACOM’s medical education program activities, monitors developments affecting OME, evaluates educational programs that focus on developing the highest quality doctors, and works closely with AACOM’s member colleges to improve existing programs and propose new ones as needed. He also leads AACOM’s research into osteopathic medical education, the osteopathic physician workforce, and the role of osteopathic physicians in the US Healthcare System.
Dr. Speicher’s previous research at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) focused on improving student performance and outcomes in classes, on examinations (including COMLEX and USMLE), in clinical rotations, and in the residency match. His research also explored the impacts on patients from the quality, number, and specialty choice of the physicians AZCOM trains. He has taught and lectured students at AZCOM on topics including clinical case simulation, biostatistics, and COMLEX and USMLE performance.
Dr. Speicher received his doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University, his master's in health administration from Duke University, and his bachelor’s in social work from the University of Akron.