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Friday, February 25, 2005

Leadership programs prepare for future

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

Since its inaugural session in 2002, the Resident Leadership Forum (RLF)-sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Association(AOA), the Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund and Zimmer-has been progressively more successful. Annual records of rising attendance and attendee evaluation comments confirm the unique value of the program.

The RLF identifies young orthopaedic leaders, recognizes their accomplishments and gives them the opportunity to further develop their skills at a three-day leadership forum. During the forum, PGY-4 residents can interact with and learn from current orthopaedic leaders while assessing and developing their personal leadership skills.

The 2005 forum will be held during the 118th AOA annual meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif., in June. Residents also are invited to attend the first day of the annual meeting to see first-hand the value and purpose of the AOA.

Residents are nominated by their department chair or program director to attend the program; one person per program is eligible. For the past two years, the nomination process required that the RLF Selection Committee critique candidates, which limited attendance. In 2005, for the first time, residents will no longer go through a selection process; a candidate's nomination by their program director or department chair ensures eligibility.

In part, this change is due to the increasing response rate for participation. Nominations for the program have significantly increased each year; 100 programs will participate in the 2005 program.

The American Orthopaedic Association encourages all department chairs and program directors to nominate their best PGY-4 resident for the 2006 program. The success of the program and the development of the future leaders of orthopaedics depend on strong referrals. Nomination materials are sent to department offices via mail in the late summer/early fall.

Emerging Leaders program
The AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum is just one way the American Orthopaedic Association prepares young orthopaedists for leadership. The next step is the AOA's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).

Designed to identify young orthopaedists poised to make an impact on the specialty and to encourage them to further develop their leadership skills, the ELP also shows participants the value of AOA membership and offers them the opportunity to interact with orthopaedic leaders. Participants are asked to engage in AOA programs and their ELP community, preparing themselves to confront the issues that face our specialty.

Programs for more established orthopaedic leaders include the AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series and the Leadership in Voluntary Organizations Course.

For more information about these programs, visit www.aoassn.org

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