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AOA introduces new 5-year Strategic Plan

The American Osteopathic Association recently announced the launch of a new Strategic Plan, which will guide the organization’s work in service of its members and the osteopathic profession during the next five years. The culmination of a nine-month planning process informed through virtual focus groups and membership survey findings, the new Strategic Plan sets the … Read More

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How DO students/graduates matched to their top-choice residencies in 2021

This year’s Match cycle was unlike any other, with students navigating the pandemic, virtual interviews and limits on audition rotations throughout the process. It’s currently unclear how much COVID-19 will impact next year’s residency application cycle. However, it’s certainly possible that incoming OMS IVs will encounter some of these same issues.

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Common medications contain animal byproducts, study finds

CHICAGO—More physicians and pharmacists are advocating for patients to be made aware of animal byproducts contained in common medications, according to new research in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Common medications, including widely used blood thinners and hormones, are often derived from animal byproducts and prescribed without consulting the patient about their beliefs. “Patients deserve … Read More

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Osteopathic sign-on letter to President Biden to express appreciation for efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19

This letter offers the undersigned osteopathic specialty and state organizations, and the more than 151,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students they represent, as a resource in President Biden’s efforts to implement the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. A copy of the letter is below: March 1, 2021 Joseph R. Biden, Jr. … Read More

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Mediaplanet Osteopathic Medicine campaign highlights DOs’ impact on the future of medicine

The AOA is proud to partner with Mediaplanet for its Osteopathic Medicine campaign. The campaign includes features on osteopathic physician leaders who are making a distinct impact on the future of medicine, including the first Black woman to be dean of a U.S. medical school, Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, the chief health and medical officer of … Read More

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NRMP Match results in 6,597 new DO residents

CHICAGO—March 19, 2021—Today, 6,327 osteopathic medical students and 270 past DO graduates matched into postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency positions through the 2021 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match. That is a net increase of 359 DO students from the prior year. Of the expanded applicant pool, a total of 89.1% of the 7,101 (a … Read More

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