An Update on the “on goings” of Our Academy
By George Zimmerman, DO, FAOAO
I write this presidential message as summer has set upon us and all the fun and pleasurable activities of the season commence. As we enjoy the summer and all it brings, I would like to update our membership of the “on goings” of our academy.
The conversion of the single accreditation system continues to progress forward in a very positive direction. Several of our training programs are preparing to meet the standards and requirements of the ACGME as the AOA watches on and appears to be content with the progress of our profession.
The 56th Postgraduate Seminar, held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa April 8 to April 16, was a great success. The AOAO hosted nearly 600 attendees who participated in our lecture series entitled “Contemporary Solutions for Age Old Problems.” All who attended had an outstanding time at this most luxurious resort and the financial benefit to our academy was extremely profitable. The Osteopathic Orthopedic Educators course was also offered and well attended as was the CO-REMS workshop.
The charity golf outing that took place at the resort course was truly a success. The golf event was attended by over 25 members who competed and helped raise financial proceeds to benefit our AOAO Foundation.
Your AOAO sponsored a surgical skills lab in January at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. This surgical skills lab covered shoulder arthroscopic topics including repair and reconstructive techniques for 12 of our highly interested members. The educational experience offered hands-on cadaveric and didactic class sessions. This exceptional learning experience provided by your AOAO was a resounding success, and a repeat experience is tentatively scheduled at the same location in January of 2017.
I would also like to report that our Board of Directors and the active committees have been laboring hard for the membership. The CME Committee continues to provide outstanding educational programs. Our upcoming seminar in Washington, DC entitled “The Past, Present and Future,” will provide us with an update about current techniques and controversies in our careers. The Residents and Fellows Committee has been reorganized and structured now to better aid our young surgeons and residents in their growth and development. The Fellows Awards Honor and Memorial Committee has worked diligently reviewing the applications of all the new upcoming candidate fellows, as well as all the nominees for the other distinguished awards our academy bestows. Our committees and leadership board are the backbone to our academy. Our organization is evolving and maturing into a first rate, high-quality association. To allow our growth to continue, I strongly encourage all of our members to become involved in our academy. I ask that you take time to volunteer and serve on committees and/or speak, moderate and help educate your peers. Consider serving in leadership positions and help to guide our academy into the future. The future of the AOA is bright, and it will take devoted, dedicated members to continue to allow us to prosper.
Finally, I want to remind our membership of the upcoming 2016 Annual AOAO Meeting. Our conference will take place October 13 through October 15 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. The annual meeting, entitled “The Past, Present and Future”, will provide members with three full days of lectures, case discussion and continuing education for the practicing orthopedic surgeon, focusing on the most recent developments, techniques and advances in our field.
This year’s Annual Meeting is a very special meeting, as it is the AOAO's 75th anniversary. Please join me and your Board of Directors in celebrating 75 years of osteopathic orthopedic surgery. From the early years, beginning in 1941 with a gathering of only 27 DO surgeons interested in orthopedics at the Doctors Osteopathic Hospital, to today where we have over 3000 members, more than 42 residency programs, and DO surgeons practicing general and subspecialty orthopedics all over the world.
We plan to celebrate this remarkable event in style with a gala and black tie formal dinner with live music and a silent auction. All of the proceeds from the silent auction will support the AOAO Foundation. I am requesting that our membership consider donations for the silent auction. We are seeking donations such as gift baskets, air miles, weekend vacation homes, gift certificates, etc. that may be used to gain financial support for our AOAO Foundation. Please consider donating to our silent auction and assisting your AOAO in providing its membership with an outstanding event at the gala for our 75th Anniversary. Our intention during the event will be to acknowledge all of our past presidents, as well as honor our new deserving fellows and other award recipients. It should be an evening to be remembered and engraved in our history book.
During this year’s Annual Meeting, we are extremely delighted to have “Dr. Manny,” a popular Fox News contributor and distinguished medical expert, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Manny Alvarez will provide his views and insights about the world of medicine in which we all practice today.
Please join me and your leadership in Washington, DC as we participate in an outstanding continuing medical education opportunity that will provide CME credits, but will also allow you to meet up with old friends and mentors, and enjoy true fellowship celebrating 75 years of osteopathic orthopedic surgery.
I wish everyone a fun and enjoyable summer, and I look forward to seeing all of our members in Washington, DC for our memorable and unforgettable 75th Anniversary seminar and event.