AOASM President's Message

AOASM President's Message - October

Dear Members,

Hope this finds you all well into your fall seasons and enjoying the transition between summer and winter. I just returned from OMED and our Fall conference that was held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. My sincere thanks to our program chair, Dr. Rob Franks, for putting together yet another stellar program. Once again our sessions drew interest from physicians across all specialties. The lecturers did a great job bringing relevant topics to life and allowed people to take home clinical pearls to their practices. If my memory serves me correctly, it was also the first time that we had a joint session with the Academy of Addition Medicine and both Dr. Leary and Dr. Disabella did a great job explaining the pitfalls of exercise addiction and performance enhancing drugs to our colleagues.  Kudos to you all!

Since my last communication several things have happened that need some mentioning. Dr. Thomas Sandalis and I represented the AOASM at the House of Delegates meeting in Chicago in July. We were both relieved to hear that the AOA rejected the ACGME memorandum of understanding and are awaiting the ACGME’s next move in their attempt to form a common pathway to training. Recently I sent a letter to the ACGME on behalf of the AOASM expressing our concerns that there is no role for a conjoint board within the ACGME, as sports medicine falls under the purview of family medicine. I hope that other specialty colleges within the AOA that are also represented by conjoint board do the same as this is the only way that our voices will be heard.

The months of August and September brought about several conference calls and the beginning of some new projects for the AOASM. First, we have been in contact with Simeon Milton who is a practicing Osteopath in the United Kingdom and have formed an alliance with his organization to share information with osteopaths internationally. The Board of Directors has been trying to revive our newsletter and has voted to enter into a trial period with the Multivew Company which will provide us with an electronic newsletter that will be distributed to our members on a regular basis.  We hope to have the first edition out by the end of this year. Anyone interested in providing clinical pearls or brief articles about what you are doing in your practices are encouraged to contact me as we will be looking to feature members in this new format.

August also brought about the first of our webinar series in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK) and to date, these programs have been well received. Many thanks to Dr. Blake Boggess and all of the clinical instructors for making this series a reality. I am also proud to announce that both Dr. Boggess and Dr. Andrew Martin represented the AOASM at the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine symposium which is revamping the certification process for MSK. Thank you both for bringing the AOASM to the table with our other sports medicine colleagues and making us part of the certification decision making process.

 As previously reported the AOASM was contacted by Special Olympics to help them formulate a pre participation monograph for the intellectually disabled athlete.  The medical director for the Special Olympics international, Dr. Matt Holder, gave a wonderful presentation at OMED as part of our program. Dr. Michele Gilsenan, Dr. Franks and I met with Dr. Holder afterwards and I am pleased to announce that we will be looking to get our student and resident groups involved in Special Olympic activities regionally and will continue discussing the PPE project. We all left that meeting with a better understanding of how we can better serve these individuals and how the AOASM can help educate our colleagues about these very special athletes.

Once again I am very excited about the forward momentum that our Academy has had in the last few years and I can only thank you, the members, for all your hard work in getting us recognized at local, national and international venues. Keep up the good work!


Angela Cavanna