ORTHOPOD EDITOR
Jeffrey P. Beckenbaugh, DO

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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

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Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Update

Dr. TuckBy Joshua A. Tuck, DO, MS
President, Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
Chief Resident, MCH / LECOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Millcreek Community Hospital
Erie, PA

The Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (RAOAO) has been quite active over the past several months. At the fall meeting in Chicago, we met with the officers of the Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (SAOAO) to discuss ways to improve relations between the two organizations. The goal was to develop strategies to bridge the gap between osteopathic orthopedic residents and interested prospective applicants. Several ideas emerged from this initial meeting. We are currently exploring the possibility of establishing a resident-student mentor program, where interested residents would have the opportunity to visit osteopathic medical schools to discuss their experiences with local SAOAO groups. Also, we are considering the idea of developing a volunteer list of residents interested in serving as mentors via telephone or email interactions with SAOAO members.

Also discussed were several ideas regarding ways to improve communication among residents within the various osteopathic orthopedic residencies. One concept that we are pursuing is the development of a master list of each program’s chief residents with their contact information. This list could be used for more efficient dissemination of information from the academy directly to its residents.

In keeping with the theme of improved communication among residents and the academy, we are also pursuing the possibility of developing a Facebook page for the AOAO. This mode of social media could serve as a direct and dynamic link between the board and its members. The thought is that such a modality would improve the rapid sharing of information between students, residents, practicing orthopedists and the academy. The details of this process are still being worked out, with more information to follow in the next few months.

Finally, I would like to reiterate what was discussed at the fall meeting regarding the RAOAO and its role in the lives of osteopathic orthopedic residents. This organization exists to help foster improved communication and camaraderie among its resident members. We are hoping to make the organization a more vibrant and relevant entity. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the email provided below with any thoughts that you believe might improve our organization and/or further its goals. We are always looking for new ideas and would be grateful to hear your opinions.

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