residents and students

SAOAO Update

By Kevin Blume
Des Moines University OMS III
SAOAO President

As we move forward into the new year, I would like to reflect on a few of SAOAO’s achievements over the past months and also shed light on several new projects for the upcoming year.

Those who attended the conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California had a wonderful time.  Over fifty students were in attendance from schools all over the country. We had the largest turnout ever for our workshops, which involved suturing pig feet, resident and program director Q&A panels, and an X-ray skills lab. We cannot wait to take what we learned in California and improve upon everything for the next conference at Amelia Island in Florida in April 2015.

For instance, we are going to try a new version of the resident panel at the spring conference. Instead of having a panel of residents on a stage answering questions, we are going to shake things up a little and team residents with 3-5 students each. These students will then rotate to a different resident after 10 minutes. This is very similar to speed dating. We hope this atmosphere will engage students to ask new questions and not feel pressure to speak in such a large audience. Also new at the conference, will be an application and personal statement workshop to assist all students with this important process. Many students overlook this crucial step, which is why we want to give it the attention it needs.

Aside from the conference, the SAOAO and RAOAO are currently working together to form an online message board to give our members an avenue for communication. Having one dedicated center for communication where students can share ideas, talk with residents, and ask questions about residencies or rotations will be a huge stepping-stone for the orthopedic family. The message board will be live by June 2015, but keep on eye out for updates in the SAOAO newsletter to be published in March.

All of the board members of SAOAO are very excited to take on these new projects and bring all of our members new opportunities. Be sure to catch our spring newsletter in March to read all about these and other new endeavors that we have in the pipeline. Once again I would like to thank the AOAO as well as the RAOAO for all the help they give and for creating opportunities for our dedicated students.

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