AOAO Foundation Update
A Time of Growth and Activity
By Gary S. Ulrich, DO, FAOAO, FACOS
AOAO Foundation President
This past year has been an exciting time of growth and activity for the AOAO Foundation. In place are DonJoy supported sports medicine paper awards and two $2,000 scholarships for excellence in poster presentations by osteopathic orthopedic surgical residents. New activities have included providing scholarships for senior level orthopedic residents and fellows to attend our skills lab programs at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Additionally, discussions and board review are in process for establishing an AOAO Foundation research grant to assist residents in their required research activities during their residency programs.
Finally, a project is ongoing that is extremely exciting and somewhat revolutionary for our profession. The AOAO Foundation is currently discussing and planning activities to establish an orthopedic surgery Virtual Library that will be accessible to both residents and practicing physicians. Development of this library is in line with the Foundation’s mission of supporting osteopathic education and research. Some advanced level research and planning activities are already underway and further information will be communicated about this project as it continues to materialize and mature. Please look for a special message in January from the Foundation and on the website with more details on the Foundation's virtual library project.
Obviously such a project comes at a cost and the foundation will also be engaged in further fundraising activities not only at our future meetings but throughout the year. I am happy to report that we had a financially successful silent auction in Washington, D.C. and have also been able to attract some funding from some of our other partners in industry. Other personal and private donations have also been received. As the end of the year approaches, please consider donating to the foundation as with the projects listed above, funding is necessary for their completion, sustainability and excellence.