executive director's message

Greetings from the Office of the Executive Director

Dr. Vander LugtBy Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO

As each of you reflect on the past year, it is my hope that 2016 was filled not only with success in your professional life, but also joy and fulfillment in your personal lives.

2016 Annual Meeting Recap
Thanks to all of you who made our 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC a huge success.  We received a tremendous number of very positive comments regarding the CME program and the keynote speaker, Manny Alvarez, MD.  The Silent Auction, whose proceeds benefited the AOAO Foundation, was also very successful.  For those of you who registered for the meeting, the 75th Anniversary book should be coming your way in the next few weeks.  Please take time to review that work and reflect on the history of this great organization.

During the Annual Business Meeting, new officers were elected to the Board of Directors.

  • Steven Heithoff, DO               
  • James Ingram, DO                 
    1st Vice President
  • Steven Morton, DO                
    2nd Vice President
  • Terrence Philbin, DO             
    3rd Vice President
  • Fred McAlpin III, DO              
  • Charles Orth, DO was elected as a new Director.

A full listing of your entire Board of Directors is available online.

Single Accreditation Update
The Single Accreditation System continues in the implementation phase.  Currently the AOAO has five residency programs fully accredited by the ACGME.  Twenty-seven other programs are in the ACGME process for accreditation.  My expectation is that the remaining ten programs will submit their application by the December 31, 2016 deadline.  The Orthopaedic Review Committee meets in late January and I suspect more programs will be deemed accredited at that time.

AOAO Executive Office Projects
The period of time following our Annual Meeting is always very busy for the executive office staff.  During the past several weeks, considerable time was spent with Dr. Heithoff working to appoint Committee Chairpersons and assigning new committee members.  If you are interested in serving the Academy in the future, please visit our website for opportunities to serve. 

Joye Stewart and Crystal Cruey spend a great deal of time working with moderators and speakers to finalize the programs for our Annual Meetings, Postgraduate Seminars and Skills Labs. Please mark your calendars for the 57th Postgraduate Seminar to be held in Nashville, April 28 – 30.  This city has undergone a real transformation, the Omni Nashville Hotel is in the heart of the city and is only a few years old.  The CME offerings will emphasize new orthopedic techniques and procedures for 2017 and beyond. Registration and the program will be available in the coming weeks.

The AOAO will be offering its second Skills Lab in January.  The lab will focus on shoulder reconstruction from arthroscopy to arthroplasty.  For more details and to register, visit the Skills Lab page on our website.

AOA Projects
The AOA continues to study its current structure and relevance to its members.  Much work is taking place in the areas of certification, membership and CME.  Task forces and study groups are reviewing processes and structure in these areas.  I attended remotely the AOA Council for CME meeting on November 5 where all aspects of CME were discussed. No action was taken during this meeting, but the discussion will provide a basis for specific changes to be presented to the Board of Trustees. We will keep you apprised of the changes.

As the Christmas Holiday quickly approaches I want to wish each of you peace and prosperity in 2017.

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