This was OsEAN’s first in person meeting after the pandemic. The meeting took place in Vienna, Austria on the 23rd & 24th May 2022. Host was the WSO (Vienna School of Osteopathy). Main topics of this meeting were succession and leadership, two topics our members were highly interested in. Often osteopathic schools are reigned by one person alone which wears many heads in the structure of the school and in these cases, it is important to realise that the time will come for the principal to retire and there needs to be a plan of action in place on how to do the change smoothly. It is important to realise that when a school is led by one person only if anything happens to the principal, the school needs to continue working without major problems. Here is also important to acknowledge the role a good leader plays in the organisation of an educational institution. This led to the decision that workshops on these topics are needed. The workshop “Succession in osteopathic schools” a workshop led by Raimund Engel (WSO, Austria) and the workshop “Perspectives on leadership as principal for an osteopathy school” was led by Daniel Heed (SKOHS, Sweden).
Further topics were discussed during the meeting such as the upcoming Open Forum 2022 “Teaching Clinical Competencies”, the Virtual International Student Day 2023, all three exchange programmes of OsEAN, as well as the benefits of being a member, the dates and topics for future All Members Live Meetings.
On the first day the meeting ended with a short walk through the city of Vienna and a delicious dinner during which the school representatives enjoyed their company, shared news and laughter with each other.
The next live meeting will be on the 28th September 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium, followed by the Open Forum 2022.