ORTHOPOD EDITOR
Jeffrey P. Beckenbaugh, DO

Departments

FROM THE EDITOR

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


In This Edition

2011 Snapshot from the Past President

Annual Meeting a Huge Success

Largo Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program in its Second Year

Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Update

Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Update

PHOTO: AOA - AOAO Affiliation


Upcoming Meetings

president's message

Moving the Academy Forward

Dr. UlrichBy Gary S. Ulrich, DO, FAOAO, FACOS
Terre Haute, IN

It is with great honor and humility that I, Gary S. Ulrich, DO, have accepted the presidency of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics for this upcoming year.  Our leadership is extremely talented and dedicated, and I look forward to working with them to serve our membership over the next year.

My goal this year is to communicate, advocate and facilitate the Mission Statement of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics.  Our primary mission continues to be education of our orthopedic surgeons in practice and in training.  We strive to provide quality continuing medical education programs and to explore new ways of communication.  The AOAO wants to be an important part of our membership’s professional development and growth.  

An important part of this mission is to support the education of our residents and student members.  That being said, discussions are in progress at this time about how to improve our communications with the use of social media. 

Trying to navigate the new electronic environment safely and professionally provides a new set of challenges, but we are excited about opportunities to utilize these new tools.  We are also trying to foster the growth of our younger members by including Resident and Fellow Conferences as part of our Annual Meeting.  These conferences are a new effort that the Academy is very excited about.  Additionally, to support our membership growth, we will continue to explore new opportunities for training programs, both residencies and fellowships.  

The AOAO leadership feels it is essential to cultivate our young orthopedic surgeons’ professional growth.  The Academy will make efforts to do this by supporting their efforts in research, academic presentations, and continued involvement with our Academy.  Another major movement has been the reorganization of our committee structure.  Our intent was to make our organization more efficient, streamlined, and effective.  As an example, I would draw your attention to our website, which has an expanded and reorganized database, improved interactive materials, and ongoing updates.

The above mentioned efforts, along with many others, will hopefully support our mission and serve our members well.  The AOAO Board of Directors and I look forward to interacting with all of you during the upcoming year.

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