Mid-America Orthopaedic Association marks its ‘silver anniversary’

Mid-America Orthopaedic Association marks its ‘silver anniversary’

By Jennie McKee

This year, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA) celebrates its silver anniversary—25 years of serving orthopaedists in the central United States. To mark the occasion, the MAOA, which was established in 1982 to bridge the gap between the Eastern and Western Orthopaedic Associations, has invited its past presidents and founders to its upcoming annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., from April 11-15, where they will be recognized for their contributions to the organization.

For the past two and a half decades, the MAOA has followed its stated mission of “enhancing the musculoskeletal health and well-being of all people through orthopaedic education and research” and “promoting fellowship and socialization amongst members.” Its annual meeting and generous awards, grants and fellowships help members learn and share orthopaedic knowledge.

Awards, grants and fellowships

Since its inception, the MAOA has stayed true to the vision of one of its founding members, E.W. “Wes” Johnson, MD, who said that the MAOA was formed “not to be an eating and drinking society, but an organization that would put money back into the system for the education of practicing orthopaedists, and particularly young orthopaedists and residents.”

The MAOA offers awards, educational grants and fellowships to its more than 1,500 members to stimulate research and interest in orthopaedics. The organization currently has a variety of educational grants available, including multipurpose resident grants; a traveling fellowship available to young researchers; physician-in-training awards for fellows, residents or medical students; and education grants for senior residents, specialty fellows and orthopaedists in their first two years of practice.

Annual meetings

At the MAOA’s annual meetings, members present scientific papers and posters and attend courses and other sessions. Gordon R. Bell, MD, a long-time member of the MAOA who has served on several MAOA committees and teaches a spine instructional course for the organization, says that the MAOA’s annual meetings are beneficial because they give members the opportunity to interact and share knowledge. “The meeting’s low-key atmosphere encourages informal discussion between junior members, residents and more senior members,” says Dr. Bell. “Therefore, it also serves as a networking avenue whereby professional and social contacts can be made and fostered.”

AAOS President Richard F. Kyle, MD, also speaks highly of the MAOA’s annual meetings. “As a member of the MAOA, I thoroughly enjoy the meetings,” says Dr. Kyle. “Regional societies are a valuable resource and a breeding/training ground for future leaders in the orthopaedic community.”

This year’s annual meeting will feature a spine course, instructional courses, plenary sessions and break-out subspecialty-oriented sessions. Says Daniel J. Berry, MD, president of the MAOA, “The Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Trousdale, has put together an outstanding scientific program for the 2007 annual meeting that should bring us new and valuable scientific information. There will be traditional paper sessions, poster presentations, informative symposia and distinguished guest speakers.”

Dr. Berry adds that this year’s meeting will be special because the past presidents and founders will be in attendance and Dr. James H. Beaty, AAOS first vice president and past president of the MAOA, will attend the meeting and deliver the AAOS report. “Dr. Beaty’s insights and perspectives as the leader of our major professional organization will add greatly to this year’s MAOA meeting,” says Dr. Berry. “Dr. Beaty will also meet with the state society presidents from our geographic region during a Friday morning breakfast meeting for an open discussion.”

For more information about the MAOA, visit www.maoa.org

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