AAOS offers assistance to hurricane survivors
Recognizing that a number of AAOS members affected by Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita are still struggling to rebuild their practices and their communities, the AAOS Board of Directors has voted to waive 2006 membership dues for fellows and candidate members who request such assistance. The Academy will also provide these members with $500 to help offset the costs of traveling to the Annual Meeting in Chicago.
In a letter to Academy members in the affected areas, AAOS President Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, noted that “there are perhaps as many different needs as there are orthopaedic surgeons practicing in the areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas hit by Katrina and Rita.” The Academy will also help affected members rebuild their personal libraries by providing discounts toward their future purchases of educational products.
Members who were affected by the hurricanes and would like to take advantage of these benefits should notify the Academy. Members who have relocated are urged to update their contact information at www.aaos.org/myprofile. In addition, members who have contact information for AAOS fellows who have relocated and who might not have yet updated their Academy records are urged to help by passing on the new contact information to email@example.com.
In related news, the AAOS has contributed $50,000 in the name of the members and staff of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to the American Red Cross for use in its response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.