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The Board of Directors is Moving Forward

Dr. Vander LugtBy Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO

The Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics continues to be very active and engaged, providing strong leadership to your organization. Following a Board retreat in April led by Bob Harris, a respected and published expert on governance issues for nonprofit associations, the Board is moving ahead with many of his recommendations.

Your Board most recently met during the 2012 Post Graduate Seminar at the Greenbrier Resort. Highlights of the meeting are:

  1. The Board of Directors met at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where we also met with students from the Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (SAOAO) and had a guided tour of their state of the art campus.
  2. In keeping with our mission and vision, the Board reviewed strategic priorities which include education, advocacy, outreach, professional development, and academy resources.
  3. Exploration of establishing a foundation to enhance the goals of the Academy was initiated.
  4. The Board continued to discuss ways to energize the subspecialty sections of the AOAO.
  5. The Board discussed the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the AOAO to be held during the Annual meeting in 2016 in Washington, DC.

Your Board continues to work hand in hand with the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) on two important issues:

  1. Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) will become a reality on January 1, 2013.  The AOBOS will be providing educational offerings through multiple media at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs. Please take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the AOBOS on this important issue. The American Osteopathic Association also is conducting a campaign to educate its members on this urgent situation. 
  2. The AOBOS is currently developing a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.  This process is in the early stages.

The Nominating Committee has developed and implemented a “willingness to serve” form which can be accessed through the members only section of the AOAO web site. Please consider your talents and take a few moments to complete the form.  Here is an opportunity for you to get involved.

The CME Committee, under the strong leadership of Steve Morton, DO, continues to improve the quality of the scientific presentations at our educational meetings. The committee has added a key note speaker, Eric Heiden, MD, to the program in Colorado Springs. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who won 5 gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in long track speed skating.  Speaking of the Annual meeting, Jim Mason, DO is organizing an AOAO golf tournament for Wednesday afternoon, October 24, the day prior to the conference. Please consider joining your friends and colleagues and register for the tournament.  All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Pike’s Peak United Way to aid the victims of the recent Colorado wildfires.

The AOAO Evaluating Committee has been very active staying informed and implementing all the changes taking place in Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME). These changes include enhanced residency program evaluations using “dashboards” or “report cards”, the initiation of paid program inspectors by the AOA, and accessing the impact on our residents of the ACGME “proposed common rule.”

I thank each of you for all you do to promote and practice osteopathic orthopedic surgery. Keep up the dedicated good work. I look forward to seeing many of you in Colorado Springs.

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