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Friday, February 25, 2005

AOA: Rich in history and tradition

By Edward N. Hanley Jr., MD
President, American Orthopaedic Association

The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) has a long tradition of leadership in orthopaedics. Since its inception in 1887 ,the AOA has been committed to furthering the art and science of orthopaedics. The AOA's membership includes a diverse group of individuals who share areas of interest and represent a variety of orthopaedic specialties; its focus is on 'big-picture' issues facing the orthopaedic specialty.

The AOA aspires to be the organization that catalyzes the orthopaedic community to greatness through inspired leadership. Over the years, the AOA has done just that, giving rise to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the International Center for Orthopaedic Education.

The AOA's leadership programs include the AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series, its Leadership in Voluntary Organizations (governance course) and an academic community that engages in online and in-person discussions and debates on topics that face leaders in academic health centers.

The AOA is also known for its Fellowships, which include the American, British, Canadian Traveling Fellowship; the North American Traveling Fellowship; the Austrian, Swiss, German Traveling Fellowship; and the Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship. It also sponsors the C. Howard Hatcher Fellowship in Orthopaedic Pathology.

The AOA's core values-leadership, professionalism, community and unification-are exemplified in its every action. Although members of larger organizations often can feel lost in the crowd, the AOA notices the individual contributions of every member, because they are necessary to the sustained success of the organization. Though the AOA encourages its members to serve other organizations, its own Community of Leaders fosters an environment in which leaders themselves are served.

The AOA unites allies to support members of the orthopaedic community. By aligning with capable, motivated leaders, members achieve power and can have an impact on the development of one's person, profession and specialty. To learn more about the AOA visit: www.aoassn.org

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