Jeffrey P. Beckenbaugh, DO




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

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Annual Meeting a Huge Success

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The AOAO Annual Meeting was a huge success this year for many reasons. We experienced record attendance – over 700 participants, including practicing (and retired) osteopathic orthopedic surgeons, residents, students and physician assistants. The exhibit hall was full with over 30 exhibitors and heavily attended by our members. The support of our exhibitors is vital to the financial success of our meetings.

Conference participants enjoyed a dynamic and informative program, including a cadaver workshop sponsored by Medartis, Inc., focusing on distal radius fractures; and a cadaver lab sponsored by Conformis, Inc., focusing on specific partial knee replacement. Our first annual Residents and Fellows Conference was held on Thursday afternoon. Twelve residents and fellows presented their papers with a follow up discussion led by experts in that topic. The session included lively discussion on the various topics presented, offering participants a new perspective on research and procedures in these areas. A complete listing of session topics, as well as copies of the papers presented, are available in the course syllabus, available online to members only at http://aoao.org/meetings/annual/2011/.

Residents and Fellows conference

The Residents and Fellows Conference

Other sessions throughout the weekend included those related to surgical topics in foot and ankle, hand, sports, shoulder and elbow, spine, adult reconstructive and arthritis, pediatrics and trauma. This year’s program also included a general session devoted to osteoporosis and one devoted to maintaining an independent surgery practice. Lilly USA, LLC sponsored a non-accredited luncheon symposium on the pathophysiology of pain on Friday for those interested in this topic.

In keeping with tradition, the Academy held its annual banquet recognizing award recipients and those designated as Fellows. This year, a total of seven members received their Fellow Awards:

New AOAO fellows

Fellow Award recipients

Also recognized were the 2010 Bob Green Award recipients: Dr. Timothy G. Hiesterman from Sartell, MN and Dr. Douglas J. Keele from Wausau, WI. This year’s Knotty Cane Award was presented to Dr. Steven J. Heithoff, who AOAO President Dr. Bamberger felt assisted him the most during his presidency. This year’s Appreciative Award, presented annually since 1955 to a member of the profession who has made an outstanding contribution, preferably related to Orthopedics, was presented to Dr. Lee Vander Lugt.

Grewen Award recipients

Dr. Bamberger presents the 2010 Bob Green Award to Dr. Douglas J. Keele
and Dr. Timothy G. Hiesterman

Knotty Cane Award

Dr. Bamberger presents this year's Knotty Cane Award to Dr. Steven J. Heithoff

Appreciative Award

Dr. Lee Vander Lugt recieves the Appreciative Award

The 2011 Morton J. Morris, DO, JD Award for Osteopathic Orthopedic Education was given posthumously to Dr. Boyd W. Bowden for his tireless efforts in osteopathic orthopedic education. Dr. James Mason presented the award to Mrs. Ellen Bowden.

Morris Award

Dr. James Mason presents the 2011 Morton J. Morris, DO, JD Award to Mrs. Ellen Bowden in honor of
her late husband, Dr. Boyd Bowden

The AOAO Officers and Board of Directors were also recognized during the banquet and shown appreciation for the countless hours they volunteer for our Academy.

AOAO Board of Directors

The AOAO Board of Directors

The Annual Business Meeting for members was held on Friday, October 21. Members unanimously voted to approve the re-election of AOAO Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Steven J. Heithoff for the coming year. They also approved new Directors Dr. Fred McAlpin III; Dr. Christopher K. Hull and Dr. Terrence M. Philbin. Dr. George Zimmerman was approved for a second term as Director. Each will serve a three-year term beginning October 2011. The Academy’s bylaws were revised and updated this year. After having had 60 days to review them online, voting members unanimously approved the new bylaws.

An updated listing of the new Officers and Directors is available on the AOAO website at http://aoao.org/members/board.iphtml.

Prior to the start of the Annual Meeting, the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery administered the Part 2 certification examination to 80 candidates. Many of our members volunteered their time as proctors for the examination.

Each year, the number of osteopathic student members attending AOAO meetings increases. This year’s Annual Meeting was no exception. Of the 738 registrants, 43 were students from osteopathic colleges around the country. The students planned and coordinated their own meeting, including a sawbones lab. Students are seeking AOAO members who would be willing to mentor them in the practice environment and operating room. If you are interested in mentoring a student, contact the SAOAO Secretary Shaun Notman at shaun.notman@gmail.com.

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