Residents and students

Message from the RAOAO President

By Antonio G. Manocchio, Jr., DO

We would like to welcome all our new interns to the osteopathic orthopedic family.  Hopefully by now everyone is settled in at their home programs and on their way to becoming successful orthopedic surgeons.  As interns it is very evident that programs will be changing in some way or another toward the single accreditation system.  These changes will not happen overnight, but will continue to change as we navigate through the merge with ACGME.  Like my own program, and a majority of programs around the country, changes are slowly but surely going forward; some for the better and some for what seems like the worse.  The system isn’t perfect, but we should aid in this process to make the conversion as seamless as possible.  We should also take pride in our osteopathic heritage and remember that despite the merger, we are still a profession that uses our hands as a primary diagnostic tool.  I urge everyone to become involved with this process and develop an functional understanding of the changes, as we will likely be the osteopathic program directors of the future. 

Incorporation of AOA residency programs into ACGME accredited programs started on July 1st 2015, and is expected to be complete by July 2020.  Osteopathic and allopathic residents will be held to the same standardized milestones, many of which are already being incorporated into curriculums around the country.  Information for residents and program directors regarding the single accreditation system can be found at the ACGME website (link listed below).

The RAOAO Listserv is up and running.  This is a forum that will improve communication among resident members.  This is an excellent resource, and we encourage you to join the Resident Listserv today. 
Be sure to register for the upcoming 2015 AOAO Annual Meeting.  It will take place Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17, 2015 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.  New to the AOAO conference this year is Electronic Posters.  We look forward to seeing your poster there. The RAOAO Board plans to meet during the Annual Meeting.  All residents are welcome to join and can bring forth any ideas or concerns they might have.

As always we would like to continue to work closely with the SAOAO as they also hold their meeting that same weekend. They have always asked for help from the RAOAO to provide resident lectures and to aid in hands on labs.  This is a great opportunity to add to your CV, as well as meeting potential orthopedic surgical candidates. If anyone would like to help, please contact the and we will connect you with the students. 

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

Also be on the lookout for upcoming surveys.  We would like to see what fellowships our residents are interested in, and also gain a better understanding of the acceptance rate of Osteopathic residents in the fellowship application process. 

I look forward to seeing you all this fall in Colorado. 

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