What is RAOAO?

The RAOAO is a branch of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), made up of resident members of the AOAO.  The purpose of the RAOAO is to unify osteopathic residents of orthopedic surgery through enhanced communication between residents.  The RAOAO serves as the collective “voice” of the residents to the AOAO Board of Directors meetings.  In addition, the RAOAO provides information to osteopathic medical students interested in orthopedic surgery. CONTACT US:

Useful Documents

Basic Standards

AOA Residency & Fellowship Programs

Have training slots available? Need help recruiting?

AOA training programs will be able to advertise and update available postdoctoral training positions on the AOA website at

  • This service is free to all institutions who would like to post available positions on AOA Post Match
  • This service will be available 24/7/365 so programs may advertise and update available positions at any time
  • Any approved AOA program may advertise an available position, even fellowship positions
  • Use this service to advertise OGME 2 and above slots
  • Participation in AOA Post Match is voluntary. All AOA programs are encouraged to advertise available training positions, but are not required to participate

Institutions will need their AOA Opportunities Username/Password to post available positions. Institutions needing assistance should contact AOA staff at (800) 621-1773, ext. 8289 or

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts to The Orthopod

The AOAO is accepting abstract submissions for possible inclusion in future publications of the Academy’s e-newsletter, The Orthopod. Abstracts must be original research on any topic related to the field of orthopedics and may be submitted by any member of the Academy.

  • Abstract may be a case study or literature review.
  • Abstract must be in the proper format. Click here for an example.
  • Abstracts submitted previously in any peer-reviewed journal will NOT be accepted.
  • Submission to The Orthopod does not preclude you from submitting to other publications.
  • Abstracts submitted by residents through the AOAO Case Log System may also be submitted but must first receive Program Director approval.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted by each member.

The Editor of The Orthopod will review submissions and determine acceptance for future publications based on relevance of research and quality of content. Either the Editor or the AOAO administrative office will notify abstract authors of acceptance and anticipated publication date.


Submit abstracts to The Orthopod editor at

Annual Meeting Abstract and Digital Poster Presentation Rules & Regulations


The Academy is now accepting abstract submissions from medical students, residents, and fellows.  Please read the instructions and guidelines carefully.

Requirements: 1) To be considered all abstracts must be submitted through the online Abstract System. 2) To allow poster session attendees to obtain CME credits for Digital Poster Session, we require that authors complete a disclosure form. Access to the disclosure forms will be available on the abstract submission site. We ask that you complete the disclosure form before you submit your abstract.

The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Blinded abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the Residents and Fellows Committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by June 30, 2017.

Poster Submission Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified with instructions on how to submit a digital poster.

Abstract Submission Sit

Digital Poster Session – Saturday, October 14, 2017

Accepted posters will be displayed on digital monitors in the registration area all day Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13 at the Sheraton Chicago. On Saturday, there will be a special one hour session where the top scoring abstracts submitted by residents and fellows in all specialties will be invited to present their digital poster, next to the monitor, in a meeting room. Student abstract authors with the top three overall scores will also be invited to present. The presentation will take place on Saturday, October 14 from 12:30-1:30pm.

All accepted abstracts and posters will be available for viewing in the Mobile Meeting Guide for the Annual Meeting. The Abstract section of the Mobile Meeting Guide will include a digital poster discussion board, where you can post comments or questions to the lead author. All those attending the conference will be encouraged to participate in this discussion board.

Important Dates June 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EDT: Abstract Submission System closes

June 30, 2017: Authors notified of acceptance (or rejection). All accepted abstract authors will invited to submit a digital poster. Instructions for digital poster submission will be given at this time.

July 15, 2017: Resident/fellow authors with the top three scores will be notified and invited to presented at the Digital Poster Session. Student authors receiving the top three overall scores will be notified and invited to present at the Digital Poster Session.

Scholarship and Award Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

Osteopathic Recognition Award for Residents and Fellows

This new award is designed to recognize outstanding research that also includes the tenets of osteopathic medicine. Only residents and fellows qualify for this award. The criteria for selection includes:

  1. Relevance to the principles of osteopathy, i.e. Body capable of self regulation, self healing and health maintenance, structure and function are inter-related, there is unity of mind body and spirit; and
  2. Relevance to patient treatment and potential to change clinical practice; and
  3. Originality of the work done.

The recipient will be selected by the Residents and Fellows Committee based on the criteria above and will be invited to present during the Residents and Fellows Session on Thursday, October 12 and will receive a monetary award of $900. If the recipient is able to present during this session, he or she will be reimbursed for coach airfare, one night in the hotel and a $75 stipend toward meals.

Two Abstract Research Travel Scholarships through the AOAO Foundation

The AOAO Foundation Board reviews the recipients in July from among the top scored abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting. Two recipients are named by August 1. Both recipients must be a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year resident. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship to offset the cost of travel to the Annual Meeting for which the abstract was submitted. The scholarship will be disbursed after the Annual Meeting and after receipts for travel to the meeting are received by the Foundation from the selected recipients.


Suggested Resources


Fracture Handbook:

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General Orthopedics: