April 2002 Bulletin

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

2002 Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

Through education, health services research, advocacy, support of academic orthopaedics and communication, the mutual mission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (collectively, "AAOS") is to promote the highest quality musculoskeletal health, the interests of all patients, the profession of orthopaedics, and the establishment of unity among all orthopaedic interests.

Vision Statement

The AAOS, with a primary focus on musculoskeletal education and research, will be the authoritative source of information on musculoskeletal care, will effectively communicate messages regarding musculoskeletal health and orthopaedic care, and will seek to influence policy issues that affect musculoskeletal health and orthopaedists.

Value Statement

The AAOS is flexible, efficient and fiscally responsible, and is composed of diverse members who provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care to all patients. These professionals provide worldwide leadership through communication and collaboration with the public, patients, and others in the development of educational programs, research activities and advocacy for the highest quality musculoskeletal health.


  1. Provide continuing education of orthopaedic surgeons, other health care professionals, patients, the public and other organizations so as to promote the delivery of comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective patient care to advance musculoskeletal health and disease prevention.
  2. Develop programs and initiatives that will foster high quality, equivalent, culturally competent and cost-effective musculoskeletal healthcare for all patients.
  3. Advocate for appropriate Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding, patient/physician decision-making, fair reimbursement for services provided and appropriate access to specialty care, and provide support for the practice of orthopaedic surgery.
  4. Conduct market and health services research, promote basic science and clinical research of the musculoskeletal system, and communicate findings to the appropriate audiences.
  5. Advocate for increased funding of basic and clinical musculoskeletal research through the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and other research-funding institutions.
  6. Maintain an organization and management structure that will assure implementation of this plan in an effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible and accountable manner.
  7. Educate payers and government organizations about the burden of musculoskeletal disease and the outcomes of orthopaedic care to effect changes in health policy.
  8. Foster and promote the positive image of orthopaedists as ethical, caring and highly qualified physicians and surgeons through education of the public, government agencies and professional organizations about the scope, impact and value of orthopaedists in the care of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
  9. Foster and support the continuing vitality of orthopaedics through the identification and addressing of issues that impact upon the academic orthopaedic practice setting.
  10. Foster diversity within orthopaedics and within the AAOS.
  11. Provide and promote leadership skills education among our membership.

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