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Friday, February 25, 2005

AOA advances academic initiatives

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

Since the integration of the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS) into the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) in 2003, the combined organization is even more committed to focusing on academic topics. The AOA has committed itself to becoming a single "home" for academic leaders.

AOA members have continuously expressed their desire for the organization to develop a way to address the everyday issues of orthopaedists in academic health centers. To help academic orthopaedists succeed though personal and professional growth, the AOA has planned several new initiatives for its annual meeting in June.

The Academic Issues Committee (AIC) meets regularly to actively pursue projects and initiatives, targeting the needs of program directors and department chairs. For the 2005 AOA annual meeting, the AIC is developing academic sessions exclusively for program directors and department chairs. The program directors' session will be on Friday afternoon, June 22, and will include presentations from the Residency Review Committee and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. On Saturday, June 25, department chairs will have the opportunity to network and discuss their current issues. Other academic issues will be woven into the general AOA meeting program as well.

The AOA Leadership Knowledge Exchange, an online discussion forum for program directors and department chairs, is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This resource enables program directors and department chairs to share and discuss the academic issues they face. In December and January, the forum hosted a conversation on the resident selection process. Participants could discuss effective and not-so-effective methods for resident selection, learning from each other and expressing their own thoughts, ideas and perspectives. An upcoming topic will be pros and cons of the second-match proposal as presented by the Residency Review Committee.

If you are a department chair or program director, plan to attend the academic sessions at the 118th AOA annual meeting, June 22-25, 2005. As AOA president, I'm extending a special invitation to program directors and department chairs; you don't even need to be an AOA member to attend. Just watch for additional information in the Preliminary Program that will be mailed this month. To participate in the online Leadership Knowledge Exchange, simply go to exchange.aoassn.org/ScriptContent/Index.cfm.

For more information contact the AOA at (847)318-7330.

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