Laura Griffin, D.O., FAAO, has been named assistant dean of osteopathic principles and practices integration at University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Griffin, who has provided clinical education at KYCOM and the Pikeville Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program for 10 years, also currently serves as professor and chair of osteopathic principles and practices at KYCOM.
In her new role, Griffin will focus on strengthening students’ osteopathic education when they leave campus to complete rotations in their third year of medical school. She will provide online education and travel to core rotation sites to lead lectures and workshops in addition to working with residency programs affiliated with the American Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium on graduate medical education standards.
“Many of KYCOM’s rotation sites are farther away than those of some schools,” said Griffin, “which makes it vitally important to directly support them in their clinical training.”
Griffin is immediate past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and has served in numerous leadership roles within her profession, both nationally and locally, focusing on educational standards and osteopathic principles and practices. Board certified in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine, she maintains memberships in the AAO, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association, and Cranial Academy.
After receiving her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, she completed a family practice/osteopathic manipulative medicine combined residency at the same institution.
Griffin has spent most of her career in the medical school and residency settings. She will continue teaching within the department of osteopathic principles and practices at KYCOM and looks forward to furthering students’ osteopathic education in her new position.
“I am excited to be able to expand the osteopathic training for our students and residents where it is most needed – in the clinical years of their training,” she said. “This innovative approach is an essential advancement in KYCOM’s goal to provide the highest quality osteopathic medical education and I am so proud to be part of it.”