Hello, AOAO members.
2020 has turned out to be one the most interesting, frustrating, and difficult years on record. COVID-19 numbers are up, they are down, don’t wear a mask, wear a mask. Our country seems to be divided on so many topics. Race inequality has people protesting and concerned.
I’m proud that this fall the AOAO will have its first African American president and the second the following year. It is important that we continue to represent diversity on our AOAO Board and also to promote osteopathic medical schools to minorities and women. The more diverse we are the stronger we are.
As many national physician meetings have been cancelled or changed to being held virtually, the AOAO Board of Directors has continually monitored mandates and guidelines. These recent guidelines as well as feedback from our members prompted the Board to vote to hold our 2020 Annual Fall Meeting in an all virtual format. Under the direction of the CME Committee, and with input from our session moderators, members will still have an opportunity for quality education. Keep an eye out for updates as they become available.
To all my osteopathic brothers and sisters, I pray that you all are safe. In these difficult times, we must be leaders for our families, patients and communities. I have learned how much I miss certain things that previously I had taken for granted. The next time I attend a sporting event I will definitely stop and really enjoy the moment. The next time I attend an AOAO meeting in person I will embrace the time with colleagues!