Archive for February of 2009

DO Appointed to Journal Editorial Board

February 20, 2009
AOA member Philip C. Slocum, DO, Dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medicine, the official journal of the Association of Professors of Medicine. Joseph Alpert, MD, the Editor-in-Chief, reports that Dr. Slocum is the first osteopathic physician appointed to the Editorial Board. Dr. Slocum is already recruiting additional DOs interested in joining the board! Learn more about the Journal online. Congratulations Dean Slocum!

HRSA Seeking Grant Reviewers

February 17, 2009
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued a call for grant reviewers for the following areas: Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care; Predoctoral Training in Primary Care; Residency Training in Primary Care; Faculty Development in Primary Care; Residency Training in General and Pediatric Dentistry; and Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care. Grant reviewers assist the HRSA in selecting applicants for specific grant programs based upon evaluation criteria. DOs with experience in: general family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics, medical education and rural practice should register online in the HRSA Electronic Handbook Data Base for consideration. For assistance, contact the HRSA Call Center at 877-464-4772; 301-998-7373.

Osteopathic Research Promoted in Medscape

February 05, 2009
On 1/30/09, Medscape published a letter to the editor written by President DiMarco in response to an article in the 4/11/08 issue, “NSAIDs and Manipulation Ineffective for Acute Low Back Pain.” In his letter, Dr. DiMarco shared the AOA’s concerns about the implication that spinal manipulation is viewed as a treatment with adverse consequences and cited a conclusive amount of osteopathic research suggesting that adverse events associated with osteopathic manipulation treatment of the lumbar spine are rare, and benefits tend to outweigh any risks. His letter and the article author’s response are posted online (free registration required).

DOs Recognized in US Census Report

February 04, 2009
Over the past few years the AOA has been working with the US Census Bureau to advocate for the inclusion of information about DOs and the osteopathic medical profession in the Bureau’s Statistical Abstract of the United States. In the new 2009 edition of this national report, DOs were given their own table for the first time, showcasing AOA data demonstrating the diversity of the osteopathic medical profession. If you're not familiar with it, the Statistical Abstract has been published since 1878 and is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. The complete report is available online.