Listen to the OCC Webinar

On August 27, 2012, Dr. Michael Wieting gave us an overview of Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) and answered questions from our membership on what they need to know and what they should expect. If you weren't able to listen live to the webinar, please listen here at your convenience by clicking below.

OCC 8.27.2012

From the Executive Director

Thank you to eveyone who turned in the CME Reporting Form and the Outcome Measures Survey. CME hours from April's meeting will be reported to the AOA this week so please look for yours to be posted to your AOA account sometime soon. The lectures have been posted to the website for attendees to download.

A new job has been posted to the job board so please be sure to check that out and respond directly to the employer as instructed. Please remember that if you have a job opening, we will be happy to post it to our site.

We are hosting a dinner event in NYC next Monday, June 25 for our Physician Members. We will begin at 6:30 at Ben & Jack's Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue and will have a presentation on successful financial planning. The information presented will be very helpful. There is no charge for this event for AOCPMR members. Please RSVP your attendance to Stephanie Wilson ASAP.

We are working on completing the Registration Packet for the Musculoskeletal UltraSound Course for the Lower Extremites. Look for that to be posted next week.

From the Executive Director: Philadelphia

We had a great meeting in Philadelphia last month. Thank you to our attendees, our exhbitors, our sponsors and and our presenters. Photos are posted on the AOCPMR FaceBook page so please take a look for that and be sure to "like" us on FaceBook. The lectures presented in Philadelphia will be posted this week and available for download for all members.

The Pain Medicine CAQ is moving forward very nicely and Ellen Woods will be providing a more detailed update in our newsletter that will be published later this week. Please be sure to look for that. Things are in place and set for a great meeting at OMED this October in San Diego. Visit the AOA website to register for that. We are planning our Musculoskeletal UltraSound Course for Breckenridge this January 17-20 and registration will open for that very shortly. Be sure to reserve early as the spots will fill up quickly.

Committees are in full action and working hard. There is plenty of room for anyone who would like to become more involved. Please consider it.

Check the website often for updates and notifications. We are working on the next generation of the site and appreciate feedback. Thanks.

Resident’s Blog: AOCPMR Regional Workshop

On August 22nd AOCPMR hosted its first Northeast Regional Resident Workshop.  The topic was “Advances in the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity” presented by Dr. Abraham Alfaro, DO, PHD, Director of Spasticity and Dystonia Clinic at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation.  It was a full house and those of you who made it to the Workshop would agree that it was a great success. Dr. Alfaro’s mastery of the subject mixed with stories and clinical pearls followed by the hands on injections workshop made the time fly.

Michael Hahn from Allergan proved to be a good sport and volunteered to have needles placed on his arm with accuracy of placement confirmed with EMG. There were also injection simulators on hand to practice and test not only injection skills but also mastery of the anatomy of the upper extremity.

The event was also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones among residents, attendings and students.  Dr. Gotlin who has been the driving force for getting the students and residents involved with the College was there as well, being as always generous with his time and advice.   As Dr. Gotiln likes to say, “the College has grown by leaps and bounds” in the last couple of years, gaining close to a thousand new members. It is such a formidable feat that AOA asked us how we were able to accomplish such tremendous growth in such a short period of time.  The answer was quite simple and obvious. We were able to achieve this by adding a great deal of value to being a member of the College and applied that to every level of training from students and residents to the most experienced attendings.

The August 22nd lecture is a great example of that.  We are working hard with the Education Committee of the College on organizing more events and will keep all our members informed. By the end of September, it will be much easier to follow noteworthy current events going on with the College and our members as we launch our brand new website.  Make sure to mark your calendars and visit us often there at .

Looking forward to seeing you all at our future events!


Author Bio: Alex Levchenko is a PGY-2 in PM&R residency program at NYU Medical Center. He received his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from New York University.  He has been an active member of AOCPMR since 2008 and served as Vice President of the AOCPMR Student Council in his last year of medical school.