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AOA appoints Kathleen Creason as Interim CEO

CHICAGO—Dec. 15, 2022—The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 178,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and medical students, is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has appointed Kathleen S. Creason, MBA, as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Creason will serve in the role while the AOA conducts a nationwide … Read More

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Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

CHICAGO–The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its December 1-2, 2022 meeting. Comprehensive site visits occur at the end of an accreditation cycle. The following comprehensive site visits were reviewed: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN) – granted accreditation with exceptional outcome. … Read More

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A passion for psychiatry: How this DO is creating meaningful change in the medical world

Journey with us this month as we talk to forensic psychiatrist and residency program director Almari Ginory, DO, about her path as a lost medical student who developed a love for psychiatry in Key West, Florida. Follow us as she shares her love of teaching that ultimately blossomed into an inaugural program directorship.

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Pros and cons of joining a labor union in residency: Is it really worth it?

It’s no secret that residency training is challenging and taxing on each physician in training. Residents have commiserated over gruesome schedules, 80-hour work weeks and 24-hour shifts, all the while receiving inadequate salaries in return. While harsh working conditions have been the norm for residents for decades, it seems that this toxic work culture is … Read More

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DO Day Scholarship available for DO residents, fellows and new physicians: Applications due Jan. 31

The AOA is now accepting applications for the Bureau of Emerging Leaders (BEL) DO Day Scholarship, which provides opportunities for osteopathic residents, fellows and new physicians in practice to attend DO Day, set for April 15-16 (virtual) and April 19-20 (in-person), 2023.

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In Memoriam: David F. Hitzeman, DO, pioneer of the osteopathic medical profession

David F. Hitzeman, DO, a pioneer of the osteopathic profession who was recognized in 2021 for his exemplary service to the profession by the AOA Board of Trustees, died on Dec. 14, 2022.

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