executive director's message

Greetings from the Office of the Executive Director

Dr. Vander LugtBy Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO

Summer is in full swing and this is the season for vacations and time spent with family.  I hope all of you have made time to relax a bit and enjoy this time with the family and friends you love.

I will highlight a few ongoing activities of the Academy and mention some upcoming meetings.

Recently Jim Ingram, DO and I participated in two webinars in preparation for the first National Surgical Patient Safety Summit.  The Summit will take place in August and will bring together multiple stakeholders to discuss and detail safety for the surgical patient during all aspects of their care.  The goal of the Summit is to define actionable processes to better protect our patients.  The Summit is a joint effort of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Operating Room Nurses Association.

The third week in July will be spent in Chicago for the Annual Business Meeting of the AOA.  Dr. Zimmerman and I will attend the Board of Trustees section of the meeting and Dr. Heithoff and I will attend the House of Delegates portion.  Early in the week, the Society of Osteopathic Specialty Executives (SOSE) will meet for its Annual Meeting.  This gathering of specialty executives gives us time to network, hear presentations from AOA leaders and participate in an educational program.  This year’s program will include topics related to the evolving CME landscape.  During the SOSE meeting, I will assume the presidency of this organization, a two-year term.

Recently, I attended the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association in Seattle.  This is the oldest orthopedic association in the country, established in 1887. Its mission is to engage the orthopedic community with developing leaders, strategies and resources to guide the future of musculoskeletal care.   The membership committee of this organization voted to allow AOBOS-certified physicians to apply for full active membership.  This action will require a bylaws change but I am optimistic this vote will allow our members to join this esteemed group of international leaders in our profession.

In regard to the Single Accreditation System, currently 19 of our 44 programs are in initial accreditation or pre-accreditation by the ACGME.  It will be necessary for the remaining programs to submit their application by January 1, 2017 in order to participate in the 2017 match.  Most of the feedback regarding this process has been positive, although some amount of angst has been encountered.  The next phase of the transition will involve encouraging and assisting our programs to seek Osteopathic Recognition.

Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend our 75th Annual Meeting, October 13 – 15, 2016 in Washington, DC.  We are planning many special events and will be honoring all our past presidents.  Many special guests are being invited. 

A silent auction will take place during the reception following the Awards Ceremony. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the AOAO Foundation. I urge each of you to ponder how you might contribute donations to the auction and to help them by purchasing anniversary logo items through the on-line store.  A special Gala banquet will be held following the silent auction/reception, an event you will not want to miss. 

Please visit our website for more details about these events.  This commemorative meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for residency program reunions; if you are interested we encourage you to make plans now.  Besides all these wonderful social events, the educational program looks outstanding. Watch for future postings of the final program.

I wish everyone a safe summer and look forward to seeing many of you in Washington, DC.

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