Frequently Asked Questions and Resources to Help
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The AOAO Board of Directors plans to continue with our mission and strategic plan, but recognize that that even as states are starting to re-open in phases, our members continue to face reduced surgery schedules and financial challenges as a result of the shut downs of this spring. We are here to work with you. While we will continue with our schedule for sending notices about dues renewal, we have a mechanism with which you may request leniency with regards to your AOAO member dues. Simply write to [email protected] and let us know how we can help you during this time. We will respond by email, or call, within 2 business days.
What are the benefits of AOAO Membership?
The benefits of AOAO membership are numerous and include:
- NEW Benefit for Members to Obtain Medical Images
- The AOAO Board was presented with an opportunity to partner with mymedicalimages.com to provide access to software that would allow surgeons to view medical images provided by patients. The Board voted to proceed with providing members with this software. Watch for information coming out soon about how you can sign up.
- Quality educational opportunities through our Annual Spring (Postgraduate) and Fall meetings, including discounts on registration
- Networking and mentorship opportunities with other members
- The Orthopod which is expanding with every issue and presents up-to-date news affecting your specialty
- AOAO works with the AOBOS to provide CME (specialty credit) to ensure your osteopathic certification
- Specialty Sections: Network with other surgeons within your sub-specialty when you become a section member. You also have an opportunity to serve as an officer of your specialty section and moderate and/or speak for a specialty educational session.
- Free job postings and viewings on the AOAO website
- Doctor locator feature to provide more of an online presence for your practice or hospital
- Voting rights within the Academy
- Opportunities to serve on a variety of AOAO Committees
- Printed and online subscription to the JBJS portfolio of journals
- Members only portal
- Committee Updates
- Legislative Updates
- Member Directory
- Member News Items
- Fellowship Search: Search for past osteopathic orthopedic fellowship training sites or for AOAO members who have trained in a fellowship
- An opportunity to be eligible to see the Award of Fellow of the Academy: earn points for this special member designation through speaking, moderating, or serving as a section officer or as a committee volunteer.
- AOAO mobile app: Keep track of AOAO updates, access conference information and pay your dues.
What are the categories of AOAO membership?
Active Membership: Active members must be a DO or MD licensed to practice with an interest in the practice of orthopedics in the United States, a US Territory or Canada.
Associate Membership: The requirements for Associate Status Membership are:
- Be a graduate of a College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the AOA, or
- Be a graduate of an approved Allopathic Medical School, or a College recognized and approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Office of Education, or
- Be a graduate of a foreign medical school registered with the World Health Organization
Associate members shall have voice but no vote in the affairs of the Academy. They may not become an officer or director, but may serve on committees, either as a member of chairman. They may not serve on the Board of Directors. An applicant who would otherwise be eligible for either Candidate or Active Membership may not become an Associate Member.
Candidate Membership: Members must be physicians enrolled in an osteopathic or allopathic residency or fellowship training program in the United States or Canada. Candidate membership includes access to the AOAO Case Log System.
Allied Health Professional Membership: Allied Health Professional Members must be a licensed Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, or Occupational Therapist with an interest in orthopedic surgery.
Military Membership: Military Members must be an individual who is an active full time member in the US Armed Forces and is engaged in the practice of orthopedic surgery within any of the military medical institutions or facilities in the world.
A requirement of Military Membership is to attend one out of every three Annual Meetings held each fall or one out of every three Postgraduate Seminars held each spring. These meetings provide excellent opportunities to meet your peers, to obtain valuable Continuing Medical Education credits, and to keep up-to-date on the latest in current Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgery techniques
Student Membership: Student Members must be a member in good standing of the national Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and enrolled in a College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the AOA.
When does my membership expire?
Depending on when you joined AOAO, your membership will expire in April or October of the next year.
How do I log on to the Members Section of the AOAO website?
Once a member, you can use your username and password here: https://aoao.org/member-resources/member-login/. This will give you direct access to the AOAO members section.
How do I get involved with AOAO?
- Join a committee.
- Serve on the board.
- Nominate someone for an award.
- Write an article for the newsletter.
- Apply for a Grant.
- Submit an article or social media post.
- Connect with colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Get involved with a Special Interest Group (SIG).
- Industry Partnership: Exhibiting and/or Advertising.
How do I contact the AOAO Office?
Email: [email protected]
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
2209 Dickens Road
Richmond, VA 23230-2005
Will any of the content from the AOAO Annual Spring Meeting be made available?
The AOAO CME Committee has been working on incorporating lectures from the Annual Spring Meeting into either the 2020 Annual Fall Meeting or the 2021 Annual Spring Meeting.
Will the Annual Fall Meeting take place as scheduled at the Marriott Downtown in Austin, TX?
The Annual Fall Meeting moderators are currently developing their sessions to provide members with quality educational lectures. While the meeting is still scheduled to take place in Austin, the AOAO leadership is monitoring CDC guidelines and the Texas state plan for re-opening on a daily basis. We are also looking at ways to accommodate all members – those who wish to see colleagues face to face and those who would feel more comfortable remaining at home. We will release up dates as soon as we have them available.
Will any of the future meetings be offered through a virtual format?
The AOAO CME Committee will be researching the option of offering virtual CME education in the future. There are many factors involved in offering such an activity. Any decisions made in this regard will be announced to members as soon as possible.
How will my meeting attendance requirements be affected by possible changes to future AOAO meetings?
Members who were due to attend the 2020 Annual Spring Meeting automatically received an extension to attend next year’s meeting. The AOAO leadership is looking into ways to accommodate members due to attend the 2020 Annual Fall Meeting who may have travel restrictions in place at that time or may be considered at risk to travel.
Will the Skills Lab be rescheduled?
The AOAO CME Committee is looking into venue options to offer the Skills Lab in conjunction with the 2021 Annual Spring Meeting, to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT.
I need CME to fulfill my state requirements and for certification, how can I make up the lost credits?
The AOAO CME Committee is working towards offering content that will assist members with maintaining CME activity. We recommend you contact your state’s medical board directly to see if they are offering a waiver or special consideration for this year’s CME requirements. Questions regarding CME requirements as required for Osteopathic Continuous Certification may be directed to the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery at (312) 202-8208.
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- Payment Protection Program and forgivable loans
- Individual Rebates
- EIDL loans
- New Retirement Plan options for 2020
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