RAOAO Update

By Christopher N. Johnson, DO
Vice President, RAOAO

It is an exciting time to be an osteopathic orthopedic resident as many changes are eminent. The single accreditation system will give osteopathic residents the opportunity to be on an equal playing field with our allopathic colleagues.  Beginning in July of 2015, AOA-approved programs can begin applying for ACGME accreditation. Incorporation of AOA programs into the ACGME is expected to be completed by July 2020. Osteopathic and allopathic residents will be held to the same standardized milestones.  This will further validate the excellence of osteopathic training to the public while maintaining our distinctiveness.

Information for residents and program directors regarding the single accreditation system can be found at the ACGME website (link listed below).


Recently, the ACGME named Lorenzo Pence, D.O., FACOFP Senior Vice President, to oversee osteopathic program accreditation.  Integrating osteopathic physicians into the ACGME and other leadership positions throughout orthopedics is vital to promoting our brand and integrity.  Resident members of the AOAO are the future of the osteopathic orthopedic profession and are encouraged to pursue positions of influence.

We are ecstatic to announce the new RAOAO Listserv. This is a forum that will improve communication among resident members. We encourage you to join the Resident Listserv today.  For questions or recommendations please do not hesitate to contact us.

The 55th Annual Postgraduate Seminar is soon approaching and will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19.  Our next RAOAO meeting will be held during the conference (date TBD), and we invite any residents to join.   

We would like to hear more about accomplishments of our members and how we can better serve you. Please email us at raoao@aoao.org with any questions or suggestions.

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