W. Daniel Cogan, EdD, assistant to the provost for interdisciplinary and

continuing professional education at Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU), has been elected to the board of trustees for the Association

of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME).

Dr. Cogan began his three-year term as a Region VIII trustee at the

AODME’s annual convention in Chicago on April 26.

The AODME provides leadership in developing, improving, and evaluation

education and training of osteopathic physicians at all levels. AODME

members include osteopathic directors of medical education, program

directors for residency specialty programs, medical directors, and others

interested in osteopathic medical education.

Dr. Cogan says two of his goals as a trustee will be to “”bring more

attention to the need for additional training programs in the 23 states

that have little or no osteopathic presence. I also plan to study the

effectiveness of the clinical training that osteopathic physicians

undertake throughout their careers.””

In addition to taking his seat as a trustee at the Chicago convention, Dr.

Cogan presented and moderated a session titled “”How to Function in an

Integrated Environment: Osteopathic Postdoctoral Programs in an Allopathic

Setting.”” Dr. Cogan and three other panelists related their own

experiences in developing dual track programs and explained how best to

incorporate osteopathic principles and practices in osteopathic

postdoctoral training programs.

A member of WesternU’s administration since 1996, Dr. Cogan received his

doctor of education degree from East Texas State University and both his

master of science in education and his bachelor of science in education

degrees from Central Missouri State University.

Prior to coming to WesternU, Dr. Cogan was associate director of medical

education, director of the Oklahoma Center for Osteopathic Continuing

Medical Education and director, Telehealth Development at Columbia Tulsa

Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also served as director of

medical education and library services at Centinela Hospital and Medical

Center in Inglewood, California. He began his medical education career in

1980 at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Cogan also is an Internship and Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training

Institution (OPTI) Accreditation Inspector for the American Osteopathic

Association (AOA).

He began his education career as a junior high instructor in industrial

arts. Dr. Cogan also has extensive experience as a professional radio and

television announcer and newsman for radio and television stations in

Missouri and Texas.

Dr. Cogan and his wife, Glenda, live in Rancho Cucamonga, California. They

have two daughters, Christine and Daniele and four grandchildren.