By AOA Past President Norman E. Vinn, DO
Since I became AOA president, we have talked often about Guiding Principles. These signposts help us make sure that the association and the profession are headed in the right direction. One of the guiding principles I highlighted in my address focused on the idea of engagement, getting people involved in whatever way possible to help sustain our culture and helping members of the osteopathic family stay connected to each other.
A few months ago I was in Washington, D.C., for DO Day on Capitol Hill, where more than 1,300 DOs, osteopathic medical students and supporters joined together to advocate on behalf of the profession. We spent the day talking with legislators about Medicare physician payment reform and the need to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program. Getting involved in advocacy activities is just one example of how we and our peers can remain engaged within the profession. It was amazing to see so many of us converge on the Capitol Building. As the osteopathic medical students advance their careers, we hope they will remember their engagement with DO Day, and that it inspires each of them to continue to be engaged in the advancement of osteopathic medicine.
OMED 2014 serves as yet another example of how the AOA helps the osteopathic family stay connected and engaged as a profession. It will be a new milestone for the profession, bringing more compelling thought leaders than ever before to the table to share their insights. It will bring us together as a family where we can celebrate our history and legacy while expanding our knowledge to impact the future. It will be an experience that you will not want to miss. By participating in OMED 2014, it will be another opportunity to advance the profession with loyalty in action, word and deed.
Whether you advocate on issues affecting osteopathic medicine and our patients or commit to attend OMED every year, these are just some of the opportunities the AOA provides to help you remain engaged and loyal members of the osteopathic family.