American Osteopathic Association

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News for the Osteopathic Medical Profession

The Latest Immunization Recommendations

Girl receiving vaccinationNov. 20: Tips on administering vaccines against influenza, rabies and human papillomavirus (HPV) are among the latest recommendations from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Learn more about the news and best practices shared at the ACIP's latest meeting.

Addressing Health Care Needs of LGBT, Gender Nonconforming and DSD Populations

Gay couple holding handsNov. 20: A new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) gives a blueprint for how medical schools can improve curricula to make future physicians aware of disparities in health care that affect LGBT populations, as well as those born with differences of sexual development (DSD). Read more.

Disaster Response: How to Prepare for the Worst

AmbulanceNov. 18: George N. Smith, DO, helped lead disaster response efforts in West, Texas, last year after a fertilizer plant explosion. To be prepared, he advised, it's important to conduct staff drills and establish an emergency communications plan. Dr. Smith also noted that his training as part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was extremely valuable in guiding his response to the disaster. Read more.

AOA, VA Partner to Increase GME Spots at VA Facilities

Doctor with patientNov. 6: Over the next five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs aims to create 1,500 graduate medical education positions at its medical facilities. As part of this effort, the VA and the AOA are teaming up to create new residency programs and ensure that established residencies have enough positions. Read more.

Emerging Infections: The Cauldron of Medicine, Mobility and Media

JAOA logoOct. 30: Communication, vaccination and personal protection are key tools for DOs in preventing infectious diseases like influenza, measles, Ebola, and West Nile virus. Robert Orenstein, DO, editor in chief of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), explains how to prepare for these emerging threats. Read the editorial.

Ebola: New Updates From the CDC

Ebola virusOct. 24: The AOA continues to monitor CDC updates, tools and resources available to help physicians and patients take precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. Find detailed guides for health care workers, factsheets on signs and symptoms, timelines and information for travelers. Read more.

AOA Committed to Helping DOs Innovate Their Practices

AOA logoOct. 23: The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that over $800 million in practice transformation grants will be available to help advance delivery system reforms. As a longtime supporter of innovative models of patient care, including the patient-centered medical home, the AOA applauds this news. Read more.

DOs in Africa: 'We Feel We're Making a Big Difference'

Africa mapOct. 17: Practicing in developing countries in Africa brings health concerns, say six osteopathic physicians recently profiled in The DO, but the benefits outweigh the risks. From Sierra Leone to Kenya and Malawi, learn about these DOs' work and the challenges they and their patients face. Read more.


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