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Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (RAOAO) Update

Dr. PetrocelliBy Mark A. Petrocelli, DO
President, Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
Orthopedic Resident – McLaren Greater Lansing
Lansing, MI

I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to continue serving the AOAO and my fellow orthopedic residents as this year’s president of the Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (RAOAO). As Secretary/Treasurer last year, I worked closely with former president Dr. Joshua Tuck to focus the efforts of the RAOAO to yield more tangible benefits for our members and I hope to further those endeavors in the coming year.

As the residents’ link to the national organization, I feel that our first goal must be to improve communications – not only between the residency programs and the AOAO but also between the programs themselves. Each site has its own strengths and challenges and we can all benefit from learning from the experiences of our fellow colleagues. We will continue to disseminate information from the AOAO through regular emails to the chief residents and will strive to keep the RAOAO webpage updated with current information pertinent to our members. We are also exploring the idea of a web-based forum where residents could discuss topics of interest, allowing members to share information on educational curricula, fellowship opportunities and current research efforts.

The Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (SAOAO) has continued to grow and we have seen strengthened ties between our two groups. We plan to continue these efforts by linking each current SAOAO chapter with the nearest residency program. Residents will be encouraged to visit these chapters to share experiences from residency and provide guidance to their future colleagues on the challenges they may face along that path. We would encourage SAOAO members to attend residency educational events, including Grand Rounds and journal clubs. With continuing affiliation between our groups, we may be able to coordinate some joint volunteering or community service projects in the future.

These ideas and more will be discussed with the executive board at the Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs this fall. For those planning to attend the meeting, a student/resident social gathering is currently being organized. Please watch your email for more information. We are looking forward to an exciting year and we encourage feedback from our members. As osteopathic orthopedic residents, we share many common goals and I hope the RAOAO may continue to be a source of support and encouragement in achieving those endeavors.

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