Summer 2016 Issue
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Lots of Achievements So Far in 2016!
By Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
Carl Backes, DO, FACOP, FAAP
WOW, WOW, WOW— Best description for our 2016 Spring Conference in Phoenix, April 14-17, 2016!
It was the largest attendance ever for an ACOP stand-alone conference, including a very successful first Allergy & Immunology special session. Here are some of the highlights:
- Another outstanding James M. Watson memorial lecture by John Milionis, DO, FACOP.
- Jamie Goldstein, DO, FACOP received the 2016 Harold H. Finkel, DO, and Arnold Melnick, DO, Community Pediatrician of The Year Award.
- The Career Achievement Award (formerly the Distinguished Service Award) was presented to James Foy, DO, FACOP.
- 26 posters were presented with awards for best student club, best case studies and best research. CLICK HERE for the list of winners.
I would like to thank Stewart and Kim for their support in making this conference such a big success! I would also like to thank our exhibitors, AT Still University, AOBP, Sanofi Pasteur, and University Hospitals Regional Hospitals, as well as Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson Nutrition for providing educational grants. Thanks also goes to the conference program co-chairs, Jacqueline M. Kaari, DO, FACOP, and Barbara D. Ianni, DO, FACOP, for their time and effort putting together an outstanding academic conference for all!
So now what? Where do we go from here?
- We are proposing a new contractual agreement with the AAP Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians for a future joint conference.
- We continue to recruit new members, including 32 candidate members and 552 Student Club members.
- We continue to work toward a Single Accreditation System (SAS). AOA President John Becher, DO, attended the ACOP Board of Trustees meeting in Phoenix to discuss the SAS. He reassured us that the process is moving forward with the AOA assistance available to any Osteopathic hospital or pediatric training program.
- All ACOP committees met in Phoenix to establish goals for the upcoming year. All committee meetings included interested students, residents and physicians.
- The ACOP will now be administering the pediatric residency in-service exams; all Osteopathic Pediatrician trainees will take the exam.
- The ACGME is NOT going to approve non-ACGME approved pediatric programs for fellowships, so all programs are urged to have ACGME approval by July 1, 2017.
- We now have an audience response system (ARS)/live polling option as part of the mobile meeting guide (MMG) for ACOP conferences.
- We are reviewing the opportunity to co-sponsor Self-Assessment modules developed by AAP Ohio Chapter that could be potentially approved for Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC).
- Our student chapters continue to grow. We presented the Student Club of the Year award to Edward Via COM Carolinas Campus. Welcome to our new Student Trustee, Stephanie Wesley of Liberty University COM.
Please join us September 17-20, 2016 for the ACOP Pediatric Track at OMED 2016 ACOP Pediatric Track at OMED in Anaheim, California. It will be a fine, fun, family, factual time! And be sure to mark the ACOP 2017 Spring Conference, April 6-9, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky on your calendar. Watch for more information soon!