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March/April 2020: From the President’s Desk

Connect and Communicate Turn down for what? Historically, the osteopathic profession has met challenges and adversities with renewed passion, increased vigor and a stronger and more viable spirit. When osteopathic physicians were excluded from serving as physicians during the Second World War, the AOA met the challenge head on. As such, by the Korean War, DOs were given the opportunity […]

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What’s New in Iron Supplementation: Your Patient’s Gut May Thank You

While more research is needed to implement a new standard of care, the first few studies on iron supplementation and hepcidin have had promising results. This new research can lead to a positive discussion between patient and provider. It can also give us an alternative to offer if patients simply cannot stick to the standard dosing regimen. Regarding our own education, it offers physicians a new insight into a decades-old condition.

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COVID-19: How to Protect Our Patients, Family, Friends and Ourselves

By Katarina Lindley, DO, FACOFPIncoming Chair, ACOFP Federal & State Legislation Committee; President, Texas ACOFP As we are all aware by now, we are dealing with global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and it causes the disease named COVID-19. Most COVID-19 cases outside of China have been associated […]

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A Taste of New Orleans

In less than a month, more than 2,000 attendees—including practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents and student—will descend on the Big Easy for the 57th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars. The event will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, minutes from the French Quarter and in the middle of all the action. Whether you’re coming early, staying after or […]

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Why I Chose the Early Entry Initial Certification Pathway

When the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine announced the groundbreaking Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) pathway, I knew this was the direction I wanted to go.

Pursuing the now optional OMT portion of the board certification was an easy choice for me. I want my patients to know that beyond being trained in osteopathic medicine, I have gone through the process of having my skills reviewed and approved by a larger body—like any other board exam.

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For Diabetics, Exercise Is Medicine

An estimated 9.4% of the United States (U.S.) population has diabetes and 33.9% of U.S. adults 18 years and older have prediabetes (Center for Disease Control, 2017). A missed or underutilized opportunity for treatment in this population is education and motivation to part take in physical activity.

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The Next Decade in Osteopathic Medicine

There are some exciting things developing in osteopathic family medicine over the next few years. It is my hope that innovation, technology and the need for more family physicians across the country will inspire even more students and residents to choose osteopathic family medicine through 2030 and beyond.