AOASM President's Message - July

AOASM President's Message - July

I hope this finds all of you enjoying the end of the school year and the beginning of summer!

In keeping with my mission to make members more aware of what is going on with our Academy, I wanted to give you an update on what we have been involved with since our annual conference in March.

Through our representatives to the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science we were approached by members of the Special Olympics to explore a project that would involve the development of a pre-participation monograph for their athletes. We have had discussions with their Medical Director and Executive Director and will be meeting with them at OMED to discuss this project further. I am hopeful that we can continue to collaborate with groups like this in the future to promote our mission, which is to champion the health, well-being, and safety of athletes and physically active people.

Our President–Elect, Dr. Patrick Leary was in China as part of a special delegation teaching medical personnel family practice and musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques.

Our immediate Past President, Dr.Steve Karangenas, continued his advocacy for the AOASM by representing us at the “kick-off” of the “Athletes in the Arts” project held at the annual ACSM meeting last month. He also served as a Moderator at the 7th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion: High-Velocity Sports in Youth, Risk versus Rewards concussion symposium.

Another one of our past presidents, Dr. Michele Gilsenan and I, along with our Executive Director, Susan Rees held a telephone conference with British Osteopath, Mr. Simeon Milton, to discuss a possible collaboration with Osteopaths World Wide through the AOA’s Osteopathic International Alliance.

Our Finance Committee is up and running and working very hard to develop special projects that will not only provide a revenue stream for our academy in the future but also be an added benefit to our members. My thanks to Dr. Andrew Martin and his committee for all of their hard work.

I am also very pleased to announce that one of new board members, Dr. Blake Boggess, has organized a new CME webinar series in musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound to start this August. These monthly programs will allow those of you looking for accreditation in MSK ultrasound to gain CME credits from the AOASM to help achieve your goal. Also both Dr. Boggess and Dr. Martin will be representing the AOASM at a work group sponsored by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine to discuss training guidelines in MSK ultrasound this August.

I have just returned from the Bureau of Osteopathic Sub Specialties (BOSS) meeting where I represented the AOASM. At this meeting there were two “hot topics” discussed. The first concerned Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC), which went into effect on January 1 of this year. For those of you still confused about this process, I urge you to go to the OCC website. You will be required to maintain your certification through your primary boards (FP, IM, ED, PMR, Peds, etc.) in addition to your subspecialty. From the sports medicine perspective, you will have ample opportunities through either our annual spring conference or our fall programs at OMED to gain sports medicine specific CME’s required to maintain your certification in sports medicine and maintain your eligibility for recertification. For those of you who have let your certification lapse, please be aware that after six years you will be required to complete another fellowship program before being eligible to sit for the certification exam. For questions regarding the OCC, I strongly urge you to go to the website and familiarize yourself with the process as this is will impact your ability to sit for recertification in the future.

The other “hot topic” discussed was the proposed ACGME/AOA move towards a unified graduate medical education program. Since the AOA/ACGME press release last fall we have all expressed concerns regarding this merger. At the AOASM program directors meeting in Colorado Springs there were several issues discussed reflecting the potential impact of this merger on our fellowship programs. A letter was sent to AOA president Ray Stowers outlining these concerns and he responded, acknowledging issues that were unique to sports medicine and our conjoint exam committee, and thanked us for our input.  At this time the only thing that is certain is that each side is deliberating on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was formulated by a joint Task Force comprised of members of both the AOA and the ACGME, and that the AOA Board of Trustees are scheduled to vote on this at their meeting next month.  I am hopeful that by the end of the House of Delegates meeting  later this month we will all know in what direction the AOA will be moving.

As you can see we have numerous projects and programs in various stages of development and continue to look for new venues to promote our talents and support our members. Please feel free to contact me if you have any ideas or questions regarding the above.

All my best for a happy and healthy summer!

Angela Cavanna, D.O., FAOASM

AOASM President