COVID-19 resources for DOs and students: AOA Annual Business Meeting/HOD changes and QR patient safety cards

Learn about the latest tools, news and updates available to help you navigate the global pandemic.

As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread domestically and abroad, the AOA’s top priority remains supporting the needs of DOs and osteopathic medical students.

We have assembled a resource page to help physicians and medical students navigate the global health crisis—whether you are caring for patients as a frontline health care professional or supporting in other ways.

AOA staff members are continuously updating this page as new information becomes available. Here are some of the latest updates.

Changes to Annual Business Meeting and HOD announced

The AOA Board of Trustees (BOT) Executive Committee convened and voted to change the BOT annual business meeting on July 14-16 to a virtual format.

In addition, the AOA House of Delegates meeting has been rescheduled. The HOD meeting will take place two days prior to OMED in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Austin Marriott Downtown. Hotel room blocks will be available to accommodate this change.

More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Exclusive opportunity for AOA members: New patient safety card that leverages QR technology

The AOA is proud to announce an exclusive joint patient safety initiative with The Broselow Institute to introduce Emergency and Telemedicine Safety Cards to our members and their patients at no cost. The cards, which leverage patented barcode technology, provide an innovative way to support patient safety during acute transitions of care and with telemedicine visits. Learn more.

New e-Learning CME on OMM techniques that provide relief for COVID-19

The AOA received a significant number of requests to provide educational resources on OMM techniques that would be useful to clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve partnered with the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) to offer an online learning activity to help physicians review applicable OMM techniques for optimizing pulmonary function in COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 patients.

The e-Learning module, titled, “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Techniques Addressing Respiratory Symptoms of COVID-19” will provide a refresher in applicable OMM techniques. As is described in the learning activity, any close patient contact should strictly adhere to the current CDC guidance. The AOA and AAO do not support or condone any unsafe practice of OMM without proper PPE. Free for all members and non-members, this patient-centered CME will offer 1.0 AOA 1-B credit or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Learn more and enroll today.

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