December 2002 AAOS Report
AOA and AOS hold merger discussions
Merger discussions between the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) and the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS) are underway. According to the proposal, the AOS would be absorbed into the AOA. The AOA and AOS are currently discussing absorption and logistical issues regarding the merger. Key leaders of both associations have confirmed the similarities between the organizations' missions and membership rosters (60 percent of AOS members are AOA members), similar program themes, goals that include leadership development, a shared vision and a stake in the future of academic orthopaedics in the United States. Executive committees from both organizations unanimously support this merger.