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
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.