August 2002 Bulletin

AAOS Leadership Fellows Program seeks candidates for the Class of 2003/2004

The AAOS Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) is seeking candidates for the Class of 2003/2004. Applications, which are being sought for both Fellow and Mentor positions, will be accepted up until October 1, 2002.

Established in December 2001, the LFP identifies future leaders from the younger members of AAOS who have little previous volunteer or leadership experience and prepares them to assume roles of responsibility within AAOS.

The LFP combines didactic leadership training with an ongoing mentoring program that matches the participants with an established leader within the orthopaedic community. The role of Mentor is viewed as an integral part of the LFP. As advisor and confidant to the LFP Fellow, the Mentor will foster a close professional and personal relationship with his/her Fellow that continues throughout the fellowship year and beyond.

Program goals

The goals of this program are to:

Why you should apply

The AAOS Leadership Fellows Program is unique within the medical association field. It is designed to develop a group of trained volunteers who can help lead the AAOS in the years ahead, creating a leadership legacy. The program benefits those selected as Fellows by providing them with invaluable leadership training and giving them the opportunity to build a one-to-one relationship with an experienced, senior orthopaedic leader. Here is what two participants in the Fellowship Class of 2002/2003 say about their experiences with the program:

"I think it represents a great opportunity to get to know a diverse group of true leaders in the field. The mentoring system provides a unique insight into the way successful, dynamic leaders in our field have made their career and their lives ‘work.’ The curriculum uses meetings, lectures, assigned readings and regular conference calls to foster these relationships and to delve into the interesting subject of leadership. Perhaps most importantly, the program provides an introduction and shared experience upon which important and meaningful relationships among the Fellows are sure to develop."

Michael Vitale, MD, MPH

"I applied to the LFP hoping to learn the best ways to expand my sphere of influence within orthopaedics in the fields of ethics, education and the advancement of women, which are my foremost interests after my family and hand surgery. In the short term, instead of getting what I thought I wanted from the reading assignments, interaction with my Mentor, and face-to-face meetings with other LFP participants, I’m getting what I needed. I’m learning how to distill my values and base my priorities on them and how to say no, and I’ve been given an immensely valuable gift: the friendship and camaraderie of the other Fellows. In the long term, I’m confident that what I learn this year will help me achieve my original goals."

Michelle A. James, MD

Schedule of events

The LFP encompasses a one-year training process and requires a commitment by the participants—both Fellows and Mentors—to attend ALL the scheduled LFP events listed below.

In addition to participating in these events, the Fellows are encouraged to build and maintain an ongoing dialogue with their assigned Mentors.

Travel funding

Other requirements

To apply for the LFP as a Fellow you must provide the following:

Note: The essay is a key component in the selection of LFP Fellows. It is evaluated for both content and clarity of thought.

To apply for the LFP as a Mentor you must provide the following:

Submitting application materials

Send letters of recommendation and/or inquiries about the LFP to:

Leadership Fellows Program

Attention: Jeffrey A. Kramer, director, department of academic affairs
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, Ill. 60018-4262
Tel: (847)-384-4344
Fax: (847)-823-0668


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