Membership in the Academy is free to any physician enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic residency or fellowship training program in the United States or Canada.
- Networking with osteopathic surgeons by getting involved in AOAO committees
- Join specialty sections of the AOAO for FREE
- Reduced or free registration to attend AOAO national meetings
- Subscription to the JB & JS Portfolio of Journals
- Opportunity for Awards and Grants through the AOAO and the AOAO Foundation
- Opportunities for scholarly activity through submissions to the Annual Fall Meeting and The Orthopod
- Access to search for osteopathic orthopedic fellowship training sites among members enrolled in those programs
- Spring Board Review Course
- Chief Residents Funding Program – travel costs to attend the AOAO Annual Spring Meeting are reimbursed for chief resident members.
- Career Workshops: loan repayment, coding/billing, contract negotiation, practice management
- Opportunity to give back by getting involved with the Student AOAO through their annual educational meetings and webinars
What is RAOAO?
The RAOAO is a branch of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), made up of resident members of the AOAO. The purpose of the RAOAO is to unify osteopathic residents of orthopedic surgery through enhanced communication between residents. In addition, residents may serve on AOAO committees and join specialty sections. The RAOAO serves as the collective “voice” of the residents to the AOAO Board of Directors. The RAOAO provides information and mentorship to osteopathic medical students interested in orthopedic surgery.
What is AOAO?
Dr. Fred McAlpin answers questions about member benefits, osteopathic board certification and more!
Board Certification – Stay true to your roots!
The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics encourages all residents who graduated from an osteopathic medical college to seek board certification through the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS).
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Abstract Submission and Recognition
The AOAO is accepting abstract submissions for possible inclusion in future publications of the Academy’s e-newsletter, The Orthopod. Abstracts must be original research on any topic related to the field of orthopedics and may be submitted by any member of the Academy.
- Abstract may be a case study or literature review.
- Abstract must be in the proper format. Click here for an example.
- Abstracts submitted previously in any peer-reviewed journal will NOT be accepted.
- Submission to The Orthopod does not preclude you from submitting to other publications.
- Abstracts submitted by residents through the AOAO Case Log System may also be submitted but must first receive Program Director approval.
- There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted by each member.
The Editor of The Orthopod will review submissions and determine acceptance for future publications based on relevance of research and quality of content. Either the Editor or the AOAO administrative office will notify abstract authors of acceptance and anticipated publication date.
Submit abstracts to The Orthopod editor at [email protected].
Scholarship and Award Opportunities for Residents Osteopathic Research and Education for Orthopedics (ORE-O) Grant This new grant opportunity is being offered through a joint collaboration between the AOAO Foundation and the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) for AOAO members enrolled in a residency or fellowship training program. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2020. Click here for details. AOAO Foundation Research Grant AOAO members enrolled in a residency or fellowship training program may apply for the Foundation Research Grant. Details on timeline and submission information are available here.
Scientific Paper Award
Award Description and Purpose
Evaluating research requires that an opinion be formed regarding the overall credibility of a study. In addition, the ability to communicate new and essential medical information to the medical and lay community is a critical skill that all osteopathic orthopedic surgical residents should strive to acquire. Through this process, the resident should improve cognitive skills and learn to manage and communicate medical information. AOAO seeks to recognize residents for their commitment to outstanding research through their annual Scientific Paper Award.
The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee (of the Residents and Fellows Committee) consists of members from within the Academy who specialize in the surgical areas of Adult Reconstruction (total joints), Foot and Ankle, General, Hand, Pediatrics, Shoulder and Elbow, Spine, Sports and Trauma. Members of this committee are selected on an annual basis by the AOAO President.
Timeline and Review Process
Research projects submitted for award consideration during residency training through the AOAO Case Log System may be in the form of a literature review, case report, or scientific paper (refer to guidelines below for each). Projects submitted between July 16 through July 15 of the following year will be considered for the Scientific Paper Award for that year. The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee then reviews and scores submissions from all categories between November and March of the year following submission. The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee Chair selects the projects receiving the top three scores in the categories of Adult Reconstruction (total joints), Foot and Ankle, General, Hand, Pediatrics, Shoulder and Elbow, Spine, Sports and Trauma. The Committee then recommends those top three in each category to the AOAO Board of Directors. The Board approves the winners at their spring meeting. The award recipients are notified of the decision.
Only research projects submitted by AOAO members through the AOAO Case Log System will be considered for the award. Only the lead author will qualify for the award and must maintain AOAO membership. Submitted projects must meet the guidelines outlined below. No project may be awarded more than once. Not an AOAO member? Join now.
Scientific Paper Award winners are invited to present at specialty sessions at the Annual Meetings. Aware recipients who agree to present receive:
- A monetary award (First place, $900; Second place, $600; Third place, $300)
- Recognition in The Orthopod
- Complimentary meeting registration at the meeting in which they present
- Travel reimbursement: coach airfare (round-trip for one), one night’s room and tax in the host hotel, and a $75 per diem toward meals.
Links of Interest
- Search for past osteopathic orthopedic fellowship training sites or for a member who has trained in a fellowship.
- Contact AOBOS for questions regarding certification
- OITE Exams
- Single Accreditation System Information
Documents Needed During Residency Training