Jul. 2, 2014

Lightning safety

Lightning Safety week is recognized each year at the end of June and although we are now in the month of July, it is never too late to remember some simple safety tips. As the summer months find most people outdoors it is important to be aware of changing weather conditions and storm warnings. Lightning can strike without warning and without rain so remember the following:

The “flash to bang” ratio is an important tool used to determine how far away a storm is. Begin counting when you see the flash and stop when you hear thunder. Divide the number of seconds counted by five to determine how many miles away the lightning strike occurred. One second equals a distance of five miles so if you count less than thirty seconds between a flash of lightning and a thunder clap you are approximately six miles from the storm and well within the ten mile “strike zone” and are in danger.

It is important that you get to a safety before the 30 second interval. Remember to evacuate people to a permanent structure with four walls and a roof and keep them away from windows and the use of all electronic devices including cell phones. It is recommended by most authorities that you must wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap before venturing outdoors to resume your activities.

Whether you are covering an outdoor sporting event or hosting a backyard barbeque this summer remembering the following can save a life, “When the thunder roars, go indoors.”

For more information regarding lightning safety or to view current statistics on documented lightning strikes this year please visit the NOAA web site at

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Biologics update — rescheduled for July 9!
The MSK webinar Biologics Update has been rescheduled for July 9, at 8 p.m. ET. Dr. Mark Sakr will provide information on:

This webinar has been submitted to the American Osteopathic Association for approval of 1 hour of category 1A CME.

Registration will close on July 8, so register today! More

Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation — ACGME
The AOA is providing information on the position of Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation — ACGME and encouraging qualified osteopathic physicians to apply. We would appreciate you sharing this with your membership. The job description is attached and information on how to apply can be found on the ACGME website.

Interested individuals can simply click on the position title under "current openings" on the right side of the page to view the job summary, primary duties and responsibilities, requirements, etc. To apply for the position, individuals will complete the online application directly following the position description. This is a full-time position. Significant travel is required.

Requirement: Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Association and the American Board of Medical Specialties.More

Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director deadline approaching
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Directors are reminded that the Year-end Evaluation Forms (Training Complete) are due in the AOASM office 30 days after your fellow completes his or her fellowship. For many of the sports medicine programs, this deadline is July 31. A copy of the fellow’s scholarly activity, such as poster presentation, article, case or research presentation at the AOASM Clinical Conference must accompany the paperwork. Please note the evaluation should be part of the exit interview with the fellow, and all fellows are required to sign a copy of the evaluation form before it is filed.

The Conjoint Sports Medicine Education and Evaluation Committee will meet in August to review all completed paperwork. Since the committee only meets quarterly, missing this deadline will mean your fellow’s paperwork may not be reviewed until the next meeting in October.

Copies of the Year-end Evaluation Form can be downloaded from the AOASM website. Questions? Contact AOASM at 608-443-2474. Ext, 138.

Materials should be mailed to:


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