American Osteopathic Association installs Joseph Giaimo, DO, as 125th president
CHICAGO, July 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, MACOI, FCCP, was inaugurated as 125e president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) today. Dr Giaimo, an osteopathic doctor certified by the AOA board of directors in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine, practiced in private practice at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for over 30 years. He became president at the annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates, which begins his one-year term.
Dr Giaimo is assuming the leadership of the growing association of physicians after a year marked by a global pandemic, significant technological changes and social unrest in much of the country.
“The osteopathic approach, which emphasizes empathetic and patient-centered care, has never been more relevant,” said Dr. Giaimo. “Osteopathic physicians are a growing force in healthcare in the United States today, and our organization stands ready to support the 168,000 osteopathic physicians (ODs) and osteopathic medical students in the management of recovery in the event of pandemic and monumental vaccination effort. ”
Doctors at the forefront of care
Osteopathic physicians, many of whom are on the front line of care, have been instrumental in managing the health and well-being of the nation during a difficult year. Trained to focus on mental and physical well-being, ODs also oversee medical care for the country’s Olympic athletes, NASA astronauts, those serving in uniformed services and the former president. Donald trump and president Joe biden.
“Our mind-body-mind approach is why the osteopathic profession has grown so dramatically over the past decades and why ODs are invited to some of the most prestigious positions in the country,” said Dr Giaimo . “Osteopathic medicine is refocusing care in our country’s health system. I am so proud to be a part of this tradition and this community.”
Osteopathic medicine was founded on the belief that all systems in the body are interdependent, each working with the other to heal when disease occurs. Currently, ODs represent about 11% of all physicians in United States and 26% of American medical students. These are pediatricians, OB-GYNs, internists, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, oncologists, family physicians, emergency physicians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, etc.
Over the past three decades, the number of OD has increased by almost 300%. Today there are 37 faculties of osteopathic medicine, spread over 58 campuses. In 2021, nearly 7,500 new physicians graduated from osteopathic medicine schools, bringing the total number of ODs to 134,901, the highest number in history.
Dr Giaimo, son of an osteopathic family doctor who helped found a community hospital, is a proud graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and university training at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and then joined the Naval Reserve where he was attached to a Mobile Fleet Hospital Unit stationed in the United States and overseas. He reached the rank of commander.
Dr. Giaimo has served the osteopathic profession throughout his career. He has been an active member of the AOA Board of Directors since 2008 and previously served as President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA). In addition, he remains active in his local community as president of the American Lung Association of Palm Beach County and the leadership of Palm Beach County.
“Our overall message this year will be DO Proud,” said Dr Giaimo. “We will honor our distinctiveness and celebrate the professional achievements of our physicians and students. Advocacy and support for telehealth will also be part of my platform.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 168,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and students of osteopathic medicine; promotes public health; encourages and finances scientific research; serves as the main certification body for DOs; and is the accreditation agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine. To learn more about OD and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit www.osteopathic.org.
About the AOA House of Delegates
The AOA House of Delegates, made up of more than 500 delegates representing state osteopathic medical associations, specialty societies, residents, fellows, and students from across the country, meets annually in July to set the organizational policies of the American Osteopathic Association and electing its board of directors. Trustees and officers.
SOURCE American Association of Osteopathy