February 2003 AAOS Report

AOS Approves merger with AOA

The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) on January 19, 2003 announced that members of the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS) approved a motion to give the AOS Executive Committee authority to integrate its operations into the AOA. Formal dissolution of the AOS will occur at the end of the year, but in the interim, the AOA and AOS are working to unite key activities and to develop an effective infrastructure in the AOA that will serve increased academic needs. As part of the agreement, the AOA will establish an Academic Issues Committee (AIC), which will initially be populated by members of the AOS Executive Committee and presidential line. James Hamilton, MD, AOS president-elect, will serve as the inaugural chairman of the AIC. The AIC will be responsible for driving academic issues within the AOA and the chair of the committee will hold a seat on the AOA Executive Committee. This group, in conjunction with the executive committee, will implement the academic agenda for the AOA, which has been developed to align with AOS needs. The first AIC meeting will take place at the AOA's 116th annual meeting June 11-14, 2003 in Charleston, S.C.

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