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Posted By Sam Dyer, Monday, September 2, 2019

Hello all.

I am glad to be home again-it was a long week away in San Antonio. We spent many hours working and meeting, and some down time for fun. Just a recap of a few meeting highlights:

  • We had over 25 hours of conference presentations covering a wide variety of orthopedic topics.
  • There were several workshops including fracture fixation, MSK ultrasound, casting and splinting, graft prep, a cadaver wet lab, and bone health. There was also an update on coding and billing.
  • Many attendees spent some time on the property at the lazy river water park.
  • We had 36 golfers participate in a scramble on the AT&T Oaks course.
  • There was a tequila tasting night and a guided walk through the woods (this is a large property).
  • We had bus shuttles taking attendees to the river walk/Alamo for some R and R.
  • There were numerous sponsored meals both by the PAOS and industry as well as a welcome reception for attendees and active/retired military.

And a recap of PAOS board meeting and board networking:

  • I am happy to announce that the SLM scholarships are now funded for 15 years-even if we don't contribute any more money to it (we will continue donating money as long as we can, FYI).
  • We are working on a plan to make the scholarships sustainable forever and possibly increasing the awards down the road.
  • We raised $2200 from San Antonio golf outing games and an Ipad raffle with 100% of proceeds going to the SLMS.
  • We received a record number of student scholarship applicants this year (66). These were narrowed to the top 6 and presented to the BOD to choose the top two (see next bullet). As all six were outstanding, the PAOS BOD and scholarship committee decided to award consolation prizes of two years of membership to the 3rd-6th place applicants.
  • Congratulations to Miguel Serrato MS, PA-S, ATC, OTC, and Liana Berkowitz PA-S1, ATC, LAT, CSCS who were the scholarship winners this year. Each received a $5000 award and were flown out to the meeting to receive their awards and present their work.
  • As an organization, we are fiscally sound and will be meeting with financial advisors to help guide us toward long term viability.
  • I met with many industry representatives and all are interested in supporting PAs in ortho. I hope that this will translate into better future offerings for our conferences and educational platforms both hands on and online.
  • As is customary for the PAOS, we donated $5000 to a local charity-this year the Fisher House of San Antonio. Erik Zielinski, manager of the San Antonio Fisher House made a presentation to the attendees about the Fisher house program and what it does. Here is a link to the local program.
  • There were several poster presentations and all were outstanding. I am so proud of this work and that it has grown so much in the last few years. We also voted to award 1st 2nd and 3rd place prizes for those voted the best by the CME committee. Congratulations Captain John Gagnier, MPAS, PA-C, Captain Tania Didas, MPAS, PA-C, and Major Tyson Baines, MPAS, PA-C.
  • We are having a special election for the south central regional director position-this announcement will be mailed to members in the region soon. Look for an opportunity to vote on this in the next few weeks.
  • We plan to continue the annual practice and salary survey indefinitely in its current format. We also have assigned two board members to review the content and questions to try and make it even more meaningful to members.

I think that covers most everything. There is so much work from so many people to make these meetings happen, I would be remiss not to thank them. At the risk of leaving anyone out, let me just say thank you to everyone who played a part in making this meeting successful and helping to grow and educate our membership. I'm already looking forward to Denver!

Take care,

Sam

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