It is with great honor that I received the reins of the Association of Military Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) from Capt Puderbaugh. Matt’s dedication, osteopathic spirit, and commitment to the association will be a difficult act to follow. His energy over the last several years has brought us back from several difficult situations, stabilized the administration and executive board, and bred a new vigor into this venerable organization. The past election noted a smooth transition and progression of junior board members upward, with addition of new faces giving the association its best start in recent years. Much of this is directly due to Captain Puderbaugh’s organization and commitment to regular phone calls and action behind the scenes. We thank him for a job well done.
Additionally, as you may know, our Executive Director, Ms. Stephanie Wilson, has stepped down at the end of April. Her service after LTC (ret) Jim Yonts passing was invaluable; her intimate knowledge with the AOA’s workings and interface was so very useful to AMOPS in the transition. Her hard work and dedication to our organization has placed us in a strong competitive position to continue to expand our reach to better serve the Osteopathic military mission. We thank her for her years of service and wish her best in her endeavors.
At our recent annual conference, this past April in San Antonio, we continue to build our organization larger thereby, better serving the needs of the members. Some highlights of the event were: another success full meeting with highly regarded experts in the field of military rehab (which sets the standard in the world); awarding of 33 High quality A1 CME credits; successfully held our three Named Guest lectures honoring those how have led the way forward in past years; the Jim Yonts memorial Lecture, ADM Eske memorial Lecture, and ADM Blanck Lecture, given during the three sponsored lunches of the conference; creation of the resident section of AMOPS to assist bridging the gap between medical school and attending levels of membership with CPT Megan Loftsgaarden, US Army MC, PM&R 3rd year resident as elected president to lead that group; the Student section (SAMOPS) conference was nothing short of amazing including both lectures and workshops spanning BAMC and at the hotel for the approximately 100 medical students in attendance. ENS Michael Wilinski, will have his work cut out for him as SAMOPS president for this year.
Currently, we have had several board meetings by phone and in person at the AOA House of delegates meeting in Chicago. We are presently working with AOA leadership to better align the needs of the military residents with the various Osteopathic specialty boards to be more conducive to taking the osteopathic boards. Additionally, we are in the process of redesigning the website; special thanks to ENS C. Powell and her hard work. We are also redesigning the Executive Director’s position to better meet our needs moving forward; when that is finalized, we will move forward with a national search to fill that position.
Finally, as you may or may not know the BOT of the AOA has voted this spring to decouple the AOA membership from specialty board certification. We believe many of us will remain members to support the AOA; but this will make osteopathic boards much more competitive—More as details unfold.
Thank you in advance in support of me and the rest of the board of directors, as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly at: jscholz@AMOPS.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Scholz, DO, PhD
CPT, USA MC
President of AMOPS
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