If you are invested in the future of the osteopathic profession, the AAO encourages you to get involved. Start building relationships by attending meetings of your state societies, the AAO's Convocation or the American Ostoepathic Association's annual conference.
As 2016-17 AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, FACOFP, told AAO Member News, "osteopathic associations are the only ones looking out for our interests. ... If you expect someone to advocate for you, you need to support them."
State associations provide their members with local resources, legislative advocacy, continuing medical education and much more. In addition, they provide excellent groundwork for understanding association governance.
The AAO uses AAO Member News and social media outlets to keep members informed of issues that may affect them.
Recently, the Academy worked with the AOA's governmental affairs department to promote SaveOMT.org in response to proposed changes to a local coverage determination that would dramatically impact members in 10 states. In addition, 2016-17 AAO President Laura E. Griffin, DO, FAAO, signed a letter of support for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 on behalf of the Academy's members.
AAO Governor Michael L. Kuchera, DO, FAAO, has served as FIMM's secretary-general since 2007, and he previously served as FIMM's vice president from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Kuchera served as the AAO's 1996-97 president.
In 2017, Heather P. Ferrill, DO, MS MEdL, who serves on the AAO's Board of Trustees, was appointed as the AAO's representative to FIMM.
Jane E. Carreiro, DO, the AAO's 2013-14 president, is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance. Boyd R. Buser, DO, FACOP, the AAO's 1995-96 president and the AOA's 2016-17 president; Ana Paula A. Ferreira, DO (Brazil), an international affiliate member of the Academy; Frank Mueller, MD, DO (Germany), an international affiliate member of the AAO; and John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, FACOFP, also serve on the OIA's 2017-18 Board of Directors.
"Training in Musculoskeletal Medicine: Dry Needling -- The 20 Best," Feb. 21-22, 2018, at the Sheraton in Tel Aviv. Learn more and register at https://dry-needling.isas.co.il/.
AAO members who submit the most promising proposals for advancing osteopathic manipulative medicine will be given 15 to 30 minutes to outline their thoughts, demonstrate their techniques and field questions from their peers.
Help AAO knock out its fundraising goal on Tuesday, Nov. 27. First established in 2012, Giving Tuesday encourages people to prioritize charitable giving during the busy holiday shopping season.
On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.