AOA President visits LECOM Bradenton students

American Osteopathic Association President Carlo DiMarco, DO, introduced students to the organization he represents.

“LECOM, the AOA and I are invested in your success,” Dr. DiMarco told LECOM Bradenton first and second-year osteopathic medical students. “The training you receive will allow you to become the best osteopathic physicians you can be.”

AOA President Carlo DiMarco visited LECOM Bradenton recently. Pictured, from left, are Dr. DiMarco, LECOM Bradenton students Katie Menssen (SGA President), Ambrose Panico (Class of 2011 President), and Aron McCloud (SOMA President).

Dr. DiMarco said there is no shortage of resources available for students at the AOA. There’s an AOA channel on YouTube and mentoring programs available for osteopathic medical students.

Dr. DiMarco also addressed residency opportunities.

An increasing number of medical school graduates mean more competition for residencies.

Because of limited opportunities in graduate medical education, DiMarco practiced family medicine for a couple of years after graduation instead of going straight into ophthalmology.

"You shouldn't have to find yourselves like I did," he said.

In addition to being AOA president, Dr. DiMarco is a professor, regional dean of clinical medicine and director of the ophthalmology residence program at LECOM in Erie, Pa.

September 11, 2008
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