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.
Winners receive a STAR plaque to recognize their achievements, along with a complimentary registration to the Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Development conference to be held in Las Vegas in January.
The American Academy of Osteopathy has invested in the future of osteopathic medicine by creating an instrument to assess the readiness of physicians applying to residency programs with Osteopathic Recognition.
The Core Osteopathic Recognition Readiness Examination assesses individuals’ mastery of osteopathic concepts and philosophy, diagnosis and treatment models. Developed in collaboration with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, the secured, proctored exam is now administered at centers worldwide and will be available electronically in September. This is a valuable tool for both physicians and program directors evaluating candidates who have applied to residencies with Osteopathic Recognition.
The other three organizations who received 2019 STARs are Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.
Academy representatives accepted a 2019 STAR plaque from AOA Trustee Bruce Wolf, DO (left), for the AAO’s efforts to advance osteopathic medicine. Representing the Academy were (left to right) 2018-19 AAO President Catherine M. Kimball, DO; 2018-19 President-elect Kendi L. Hensel, DO, PhD, FAAO; and AAO Executive Director Sherri L. Quarles. (Photo by Patrick Sinco/AOA)