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Letter From Dr. Carron

Changing Times

New ACOI President, new schools, new legislature and new future for the Osteopathic profession. I am proud and humbled to be the 2018-2019 ACOI President.   As only the fifth woman president in ACOIs 76 year history, I am especially proud to follow such great Osteopathic leaders as Karen Nichols, Teresa Matzura, Joanna Pease and Judy Lightfoot. I thank them for their mentorship and as ACOI continues to define our changing future we will need input from both our past and future leaders/members.

Year 2020 will bring the end of Osteopathic postgraduate training programs and ACOI’s role as monitor of the standards for this training. While many programs have sought Osteopathic recognition, we need more. ACOI’s Council on Education and Evaluation will continue to focus on encouraging and helping programs obtain this recognition. As a Kirksville grad, I often think back to walking past the original Osteopathic schoolhouse where AT Still started this great profession. While we all leaned OMT, many of us do not practice it. However, we all practice OPP every day and with every patient.

My left shoulder has been hurting terribly for about two months, but only intermittently. I often contemplated the differential in my head and thought about an x-ray, MRI, etc. I then paused for a moment and actually thought what would AT Still do if I went to him for evaluation? I realized that I carry a bag over my shoulder with two computers in it back and forth from the car to the many places I go each day. I transferred to a roller bag and my shoulder doesn’t hurt anymore.  That is OPP--- looking at the whole patient-lifestyle, structure and function.

Part of ACOI’s way forward in these changing times is to clearly define OMM, OMT and OPP; to be sure we are incorporating OPP into all we do every day; and to help our members acknowledge how they, too, are doing it everyday. I thank our Board member Bob Cain for his leadership on this mission. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR STUDENTS DO NOT LOSE THIS SKILL! Osteopathic recognition and continued membership in ACOI are some of our best tools to make sure this doesn’t happen.
The changing opioid prescribing landscape, more and more states legalizing medical marijuana, as well as the ever-evolving quality measures we are asked to meet are just some of the topics we need to stay on top of as practicing internists. ACOI has made education for all clinicians a top priority for our future. Continuing to improve our CME is one of the biggest priorities for my presidency and the CME Committee is working diligently on this. We want relevant topics, concise lectures and quality speakers. We will also soon have an aggressive online learning center where you can access CME from anywhere!  My thanks to Tim McNichol, ACOI Deputy Executive Director, for his leadership on this.

Our annual convention in Orlando in October was a huge success.  We had near record attendance, motivating plenary speakers and some very informative sessions.  Thanks to ACOI Board member Rob DiGiovanni, who did a great job as convention chair.  We welcome ideas for topics and speakers which are relevant and informative so let ACOI staff know if you have any suggestions!  Follow the ACOI website or on Facebook to learn of our upcoming CME events.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Be a voice not an echo,” by Albert Einstein.  We need your voice in ACOI. Thanks to all who contributed to our 75th Anniversary Campaign, which will help us move forward in these changing times, but the need for continued contributions still exists. Donating helps ACOI represent your voice. We also need volunteers for our committees, which is a great way to have your voice heard. Let me or ACOI staff know if you are interested in being involved.
I promise to work hard and represent the ACOI voice to the best of my abilities.

Happy Thanksgiving and Go Lions!

Annette T. Carron, DO, FACOI