AOAO Foundation Update
By Gary S. Ulrich, DO, FAOAO, FACOS
AOAO Foundation President
It is with great pleasure and confidence that I report to the membership of the AOAO about the progress of AOAO’s Foundation. The AOAO Foundation’s Board of Directors continues to meet biannually at our mid-year and annual meetings, striving to support our mission statement and osteopathic orthopedic education and research in a unique and distinctive manner.
Recently we have secured our second $5,000 grant from DonJoy Orthopedics in an effort to continue to support excellence in sports medicine research, as well as to provide orthopedic resident scholarships that will allow selected residents to attend AOAO Annual Meetings in an effort to attract future AOAO members to our organization. Hopefully, this will foster productive relationships in that younger members can participate in our educational programs and sustain the educational excellence that our programs offer.
Fundraising activities include the upcoming 75th Anniversary AOAO Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, offering opportunities for our membership to participate in silent auctions and other fundraising activities which will support the AOAO Foundation. Additionally, members will be able to contribute to the Foundation as they register for future courses and renew their dues payments for membership.
Finally, after much discussion amongst ourselves and with residency program directors, the AOAO Foundation anticipates the establishment of various research grants so that our orthopedic residents may obtain some additional financial support to complete quality peer reviewable research projects during their residency programs. It has come to our attention that a good part of the research project costs involve administrative type of activities including collaboration, data collection and organization, and other administrative fees. The Foundation hopes to be able to financially support these various costs so that the resident can focus more closely on the clinical aspects of his or her research project.
In addition, the Foundation has begun some preliminary discussions with the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations in an effort to explore various ways that our Foundation may become a productive member of a larger group. Benefits of the larger group include collaboration, receipt of consultative advice and resources as we refine our internal operations and structure of our Foundation.
As we enter our fourth year in existence, the AOAO Foundation continues to advance its mission statement and to support osteopathic research and education, and also to professionally and cordially participate in various fundraising activities to support our projects. The AOAO Foundation Board of Directors looks forward to continued interaction with our AOAO membership, especially during our 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.