The American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy (AAPO) reached a point after its first decade of existence in which it was ready to formally recognize a higher level of membership distinction. The medical organization’s new “Fellow” medallion made its debut at AAPO’s first Fellowship Conferment Ceremony on March 16, 2023, at which four members were conferred fellowship status.
“Medalcraft Mint made the process of designing our Fellow medallion very easy,” comments Dr. Hope Tobey, pediatrician and President of the AAPO Board of Directors. “We had several delays on our end as we made adjustments to our order. Our Medalcraft Mint representative always responded right away and was very good about answering all of our questions.”
The 2.5-inch nickel-silver medallion features an antique finish and enamel color in the precise bright green shade of AAPO’s color scheme. Fellowship status in AAPO requires the member meet certain educational levels, including verbal and written exams, and have contributed service to the organization such as committee participation or executive board leadership.
“The medallion is nice and heavy, has a solid feeling to it, and the color is true to what we requested,” Hope says. “Our recipients will be proud to wear their medallion at future ceremonies as we confer additional fellows with this honor.”
The AAPO’s vision is to foster a greater understanding of Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) and its subset, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), in the field of pediatrics. The organization seeks out professionals who have developed original manipulative techniques of newborns, infants, and children, and to analyze these methods for teaching purposes.