Serving as the professional family for more than 5,000 osteopathic physicians (DO’s) and osteopathic medical students, the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS) promotes public health, advocates for DO’s and encourages scientific research all while providing best-in-class education. NJAOPS works with partner organizations to reach the goals and objectives of the organization and its members.
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians–New JerseyAs part of their commitment to continuing medical education, ACOFP-NJ partners with NJAOPS to sponsor a family medicine-focused CME session block annually at the Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention (AROC). In addition, all ACOFP-NJ members receive AROC registration support to attend the convention.
NJAOPS partners with Be the Match, a national donor organization, to provide life-saving treatments to critically ill patients. For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. We work every day to save lives through transplant. Easy and painless, you could hold the key to saving a life.
The New Jersey Osteopathic Education Foundation (NJOEF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes and supports osteopathic medical education and continuing medical education. The NJOEF has provided more than $850,000 in scholarships to deserving New Jersey residents attending osteopathic medical schools. With administrative and professional expenses paid through investment revenue and an annual contribution from NJAOPS, 100 percent of member and public donations are used to support osteopathic education and training.
NJAOPS is a founding partner of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance for New Jersey, the state affiliate of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA). PPA brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get free or low-cost medicines through the public or private program that's right for them.
The goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of OMM by creating a $1 million endowment to provide ongoing support for an OMM plus one residency program at RowanSOM that will: train physicians in osteopathic manipulative medicine; conduct research in the application and effectiveness of OMM; develop a critical mass of faculty and medical student researchers in translational OMM research; participate in the education of SOM students, interns and residents.
The graduates of this program are becoming the academic leaders who will train the next generation of osteopathic physicians.
Solving this problem will not be easy. We often struggle to balance reducing our patients’ pain with increasing their risk of opioid addiction. But, as clinicians, we have the unique power to help end this epidemic. As cynical as times may seem, the public still looks to our profession for hope during difficult moments. This is one of those times.
A good place to start is the TurntheTideRx pocket guide with the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline. Second, screen patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment. Third, shape how the rest of the country sees addiction by talking about and treating it as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.