Apr. 23, 2014

Greetings from President, Patrick Leary, D.O., FAOASM

President, Patrick Leary, D.O., FAOASM gives an adress at the 29th annual meeting

Hello fellow Osteopathic Sports Medicine enthusiasts! We had a great conclave in Tampa for our 29th annual meeting. It was a multitude of lectures, receptions, research, weather and fun. Vice-president and program director Scott Cook compiled an informative program at an attractive venue, and I would like to thank him and his committee for their hard work. This conference set record attendance, and has positioned AOASM for a successful 2014.

Our board meeting welcomed three new board members, Dr. Andrew Martin, Dr. Kathryn Lambert, and Dr. Steven Steele as new members. We also discussed the proposed ACGME Unification proposal. Opinions varied as to the potential ramifications that this unification has for the continuation of our training programs and program directors. We have made attempts to support the good aspects and question the components that may threaten our AOASM. As we all become more informed, it will become more apparent which issues need to be challenged, accepted or discarded. I will keep AOASM members informed as this issue continues to unfold.

I feel honored to have been selected as President of the AOASM and wish to thank Angela Cavanna, DO for her past efforts. I hope to continue the work of promoting osteopathic primary care sports medicine and delineate the non-surgical approach to athletic injury and its prevention, rehabilitation and return to play.

Patrick F. Leary, D.O., FAOASM, FACOFP, FACSMMore

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