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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Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Update

By Adam D. Simonsen, MS-IV
President, SAOAO
Des Moines University

The SAOAO is now in its second year of existence, and we greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and support we have received from the AOAO in our growth and development. We continuously seek out interested students at our existing chapters, and work to find students with an interest in starting local chapters at Osteopathic Medical Schools without an SAOAO chapter. Presently the SAOAO has eighteen schools with affiliated clubs and approximately 800+ student members.

The SAOAO welcomed its new officers of the executive board at the spring conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, in addition to creating a new SAOAO executive board position, historian. This position’s duties will include documenting SAOAO conference related activities and overseeing the awards recognizing outstanding local chapter activities. Below is a list of our current executive committee members:

As one of our primary activities, the SAOAO continues to publish a quarterly newsletter, which is e-mailed to chapters and is also available via a link on the AOAO webpage. We encourage all of our student members to read the newsletter, which contains SAOAO updates, educational articles, and mentoring letters from AOAO members. Of course, everybody is welcome to read the newsletter.

At the chapter level, one area of focus has been development of journal clubs, providing students an opportunity to meet and present various articles about orthopedic topics. In order to foster and support the growth of these discussions, the SAOAO has provided a list of relevant journal articles that each chapter can use for their journal club meetings. Students are also encouraged to select their own journal articles for presentation. Additionally, the SAOAO is looking to provide other resources for students and local chapters to foster growth and interest in orthopedics. We are developing a list of slide presentations and PDF files containing educational materials. We are working to provide students with a password-protected internet site in which they will be able to access these educational materials discounts on orthopedic reference books. We are hopeful that this will be up and running sometime this spring.

Another area of growth has been activity at AOAO conferences. The recent fall AOAO conference included an entire day of student-centered activities. To our knowledge, this is the first time this has occurred. Activities included four academy member led lectures on various orthopedic topics, a residency director’s panel with representatives from several programs present, a sawbones lab featuring distal radius and femur fracture fixation techniques, and a pizza party at Chicago’s famous Gino’s East! All of this would not have been possible without continued interest and support from the AOAO and its Board of Directors. We plan to continue with student oriented activities at future conferences. What’s more, we are continuing to bolster student involvement at both the local and national levels. As our membership grows, we continue to look to resident and attending physicians to mentor interested students. If you have an interest in mentoring students, please contact me at Adam.D.Simonsen@dmu.edu.

Thank you for all of your support, and we look forward to seeing you in West Virginia.

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