AOAO Foot and Ankle Section Update

By Scott Nemec, DO
President, AOAO Foot and Ankle Section

As president of the AOAO Foot and Ankle Section, I would like to update you on what was discussed during the last section meeting, held Friday, October 24 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Officers were elected and are as follows: President, Scott Nemec, DO; Vice President, Warren Taranow, DO; Secretary/Treasurer - Robert Marsh, DO.

One topic of discussion was the format of the annual conference next year. The section will have an "ask the expert" format with a case discussion including interesting and difficult cases.  The faculty will review cases, but there will be an open format to facilitate audience participation. I would like to ask that section members email me at with unique or challenging cases to be discussed.

Our main project at this point in time is to create a web page where members may log in and submit cases for discussion and to solicit advice from fellow members.  This will be a good way to share the group’s knowledge on improving patient care.  

As president of the section, I would like to urge section members to consider membership in the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.  Recent changes have been made with respect to osteopathic surgeon membership.  In the past, osteopathic surgeons were restricted to "candidate members" but now are granted full active membership.  The AOFAS is a strong society that is working hard for the best interest of foot and ankle surgeons.  Membership comes with the benefits of free enrollment in webinars, as well as free print and electronic access to Foot and Ankle International.  Opportunities to apply for research grants, awards, as well as committee involvement are available.  If you are not a member, I urge you to explore the possibility.  More osteopathic surgeons as members means more osteopathic influence in the society.

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