Issue 05 | February 2, 2024

Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

Today, as is always the case on February 2nd — we cast our attention to a small Pittsburgh suburb and to an even smaller rodent (groundhog), in order to predict our collective fate (well, at least as the weather is concerned). That day has now come and almost past, and we have had our "Phil!" Punxsutawney Phil that is — our furry friend has spoken, and Spring is now predicted sooner, rather than later. We'll see how this prediction holds up in the coming weeks... But, we do want to draw your attention to the deadline that is looming TONIGHT, as our Early Bird Pricing will end even faster than the Winter season.... at 11:59 pm to be precise. See the registration link below to make sure you get in on the savings for AROC 2024.

Thanks again for all of your continued support. Have a great weekend ahead!

George Scott, DO, DPM

President, 2023-2024, NJAOPS

Tajma Kotoric 

Chief Executive Officer, NJAOPS 

Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!

Make sure you get the BEST pricing option by registering BEFORE 11:59 pm TONIGHT!…. 

DEA Requirement

For 2024, AROC is offering 2.0 Category 1-A AOA CME Credits and 2.0 Category 1 PRA CME Credits ™ for the new DEA requirement.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits

In 2024, AROC will be offering MOC credits for the following certifying boards: 


  • American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)

The main page on our website for Attendees is: and here is where you will find credit information and registration forms, among other details...

Online Registration 
Print Registration Download

Discount Code for Hard Rock Hotel: GARC24z

Phone: Call 609-449-6860


Call for Poster Abstracts

Residents & Medical Students

We are accepting poster abstracts for the AROC 2024 Conference. This is your opportunity to present a clinical or research project to over 500 physicians.

Posters will be judged by an expert panel and awarded monetary prizes for first place in each of the categories below:

Research – Summarize the results of a well-defined basic or clinical research project, including a hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, tests for measures of association, succinct discussion of data, etc. All work should be original. Projects may involve observational or interventional studies.

Research also includes Quality Improvement Studies that report on efforts to improve patient safety or outcomes measurement. Such efforts may be projects developed and initiated to promote patient safety and/or processes that have improved or created a safer environment for patients.

Case Presentation – Present a clinical scenario with discussion of an actual patient presentation. A clinical case presentation must include an introduction, case description, and discussion of current practice guidelines for management of the patient’s condition.

For Instructions for Submissions, Click Here.


Once again, NJAOPS will be honoring one of our own at AROC 2024, and we are looking for your nominations!

Below if a link o a survey where you can provide us with your pick, as well as some details on why you think this colleague is the NJAOPS Physician of the Year!

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination!

Have you renewed your membership? Have you contributed to JOPAC?

Thank you in advance.

We need your help…

JOPAC Contributions Helping to Make Connections

NJAOPS’ President, George Scott, DO, DPM with Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6). Your support is needed and appreciated!

Click here to help make a difference for DOs in

New Jersey!

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In Memoriam  

Michael H. Bojarski, DO

Dr. Michael H. Bojarski of Mullica Hill, NJ passed away on January 20, 2024 at the age of 74. Michael was born to Henry and Irene Bojarski on October 1, 1949 in Erie, PA. He is survived by his wife Beverly (née Dougherty) of 43 years, children Michelle Jones and Anthony Bojarski, grandchildren Gemma and Trevor Jones. Brothers, Robert (the late Christine) and Richard, sister Peggy (Dave Cottrell), nephews Gregory (Kristen) and Joseph Cottrell and numerous cousins. He left behind a great legacy and is missed and cherished by many. Services are private. Memories and condolences can be shared at

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