Jeffrey P. Beckenbaugh, DO






In This Edition


See You in San Diego for the 2013 Annual Meeting!

2014 Keynote Speech: First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, Hero of Black Hawk Down

Keynote for 2014 Announced: Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Community Memorial Health System Inaugurates Orthopedic Residency Program

RAOAO Update

SAOAO Update: Students Striving to Reach Their Dream

Review of the 53rd Postgraduate Seminar

Bone and Joint Health National
Awareness Week is October 12-20

The Sunshine Act: A Brief Overview (PDF)

Academy News and Opportunities

Thank you to our exhibitors and supporters

Platinum Level

Gold Level
DePuy Synthes
Depuy Synthes Trauma
Stryker Orthopaedics

Silver Level
Innomed, Inc.
OMNIlife science
Smith & Nephew

Bronze Level
Lima USA
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Commercial Support
AOAO would like to thank the following companies for providing educational grants:

DePuy Orthopaedics

AllMeds, Inc.
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
BioPro, Inc
ConforMIS, Inc.
DePuy Synthes
Depuy Synthes Trauma
Exscribe, Inc.
Harvest Technologies
Innomed, Inc.
Lima USA
Medartis, Inc.
Medical Products Resource
Nutramax Laboratories
OMNIlife science
Physicians Angels, Inc.
Renovis Surgical Technologies, Inc.
Skeletal Dynamics
Smith & Nephew
Stryker Orthopaedics
Touch of Life Technologies
Wolters Kluwer Health
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

For the up-to-date list of exhibitors and products descriptions, click here.

Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (RAOAO) Update

Dr. FaganBy Paul A. Fagan, DO
President, Resident American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

I am honored to serve as president of the RAOAO, and I look forward to acting as liaison amongst the AOAO, RAOAO, and Student AOAO (SAOAO).  Most importantly, the RAOAO Executive Board and I want to represent the collective ideals of the more than 450 osteopathic orthopedic residents across the United States. 

In this update, I will review the status of the unified accreditation system, the RAOAO website, the AOAO Caselog system, and the upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego.  I will attempt to mention only the significant details and keep verbosity to a minimum – often more easily said than done.  Your comments are always welcome at raoao@aoao.org.

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning, and often the change we expect does not become reality.  When the last issue of THE ORTHOPOD was published, it seemed that the AOA, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) were well on the way toward a unified accreditation system.  On July 19, it was announced that the AOA Board of Trustees and the AACOM Board of Deans voted against a memorandum of understanding necessary to proceed with the development of a single accreditation system.  This impasse was described in a joint statement by the AOA, AACOM, and ACGME on August 8:

After lengthy discussions, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education have not reached an agreement on a single graduate medical education accreditation system. All three organizations remain committed to work toward improving graduate medical education for the benefit of the public, patients, and resident physicians in training programs. 

Further, on August 20, the ACGME proposed revisions to resident and fellow eligibility requirements that are to become effective July 1, 2015.  While this may be of little concern to the DO who has already obtained a residency position, it may have implications in obtaining a fellowship position in an ACGME-accredited program. These proposed eligibility requirements state that:

All required clinical education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, an ACGME International-accredited residency program, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited residency program located in Canada.

The proposed requirements do allow acceptance of an “exceptionally qualified applicant” under certain stipulations, including “Satisfactory completion of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, and if the applicant is eligible, 3…” By the time of this publication, the ACGME Committee on Requirements will have held an open forum to discuss the proposed changes, and may already have come to a decision.  The full impact statement and program requirements are available at the ACGME website:


The AOA has a webpage dedicated to the unified accreditation system: http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/Pages/ACGME-single-accreditation-system.aspx

It is my hope that the proposed changes do not hinder future opportunities for prospective fellows pursuing further training in ACGME-accredited fellowship programs.  However, I personally know applicants who were denied interviews because they were training in non-ACGME-accredited programs – years ahead of the implementation of the proposed guidelines.  To this end, we ask former, current, and future fellows: what was your fellowship application experience like?  Please share your commentary at raoao@aoao.org.

In order to share knowledge and discuss topics such as the above, we believe that a secure, interactive forum on the RAOAO webpage will help foster the exchange of information. This area could be used to post topics on fellowships, research, OITE and board review, education curricula, job opportunities, et cetera.  This forum has been suggested in the past, and we would like to implement it by the end of the year.  On a related topic, the RAOAO webpage is obviously in need of an update, which is in the works.  Again, all recommendations and suggestions are welcome at raoao@aoao.org.

The AOAO Caselog system underwent a relocation and renovation last year. Is there anything else that you do or do not like, or any changes you would like to see to the system?  Would you use a mobile version of the system?  Please send your thoughts to raoao@aoao.org.

The 2013 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina will commence in a few short weeks.  We are looking forward to an exciting program, opening with keynote speaker Sergeant Matt Eversmann, whose experiences were depicted in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down. 

Calling for volunteers: The SAOAO will also hold their meeting during the weekend, and RAOAO members look forward to participating in their panel discussion on Friday, October 18 from 15:00-16:00 and presenting topical lectures on Saturday, October 19 from 09:00-12:00.  If you have not yet committed to participate, but would like to, please send an email to raoao@aoao.org.

Thank you for your time and attention, and for the opportunity to serve as president of the RAOAO in what I expect to be an exciting year of learning and growth. Lastly, remember that this organization functions to serve you – so please speak your mind.

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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