FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2014
(CHICAGO) — David L. Broder, DO, of Melville, N.Y., was installed as vice speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.
“I am honored for this opportunity to serve the AOA in a new capacity as vice speaker of the House of Delegates,” says Dr. Broder. “The House of Delegates is tasked with setting organizational policy that influences the direction of health care today and in the future. I look forward to infusing my background as a parliamentarian to help the speaker and the delegates attend to their essential duties during the AOA’s annual business meeting.”
As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.
A board-certified internist, Dr. Broder is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship. He serves as president and CEO of the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium. Additionally, Dr. Broder is the associate dean for postdoctoral education at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in Old Westbury and serves as a clinical associate professor of medicine at NYITCOM and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.
Prior to his appointment as vice speaker, Dr. Broder has served the AOA in other capacities, including vice chairman of the Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions. He also is past president of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society and currently serves as its parliamentarian.
Upon earning his osteopathic medical degree from NYITCOM, Dr. Broder completed a rotating internship and residency at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.
What is a DO?
DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.
About the House of Delegates
The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.
About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.