December 2002 Bulletin

AOA announces talks to absorb AOS

Leadership from both organizations support merger

Merger discussions between the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)–the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world–and the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS) are underway.

Under the proposal, the AOS would be absorbed into the AOA.

The AOA and AOS are currently discussing absorption and logistical issues regarding the merger. Key leaders of both associations have confirmed the similarities between the organizations: missions and membership rosters (60 percent of AOS members are AOA members), similar program themes, goals that include leadership development, a shared vision and a stake in the future of academic orthopaedics in the United States. The AOA was founded in 1887; the AOS in 1971.

Executive committees from both organizations unanimously support this merger, agreeing that both the AOA and AOS would realize member benefits, and the goals of both organizations would be advanced through the partnership.

AOS president, Terry R. Light, MD, said, "We believe that the Academic Orthopaedic Society’s mission can be uniquely well-served within the structure of the American Orthopaedic Association –since academics already play an important role in the AOA’s strategic plan."

"Combining the two organizations will allow the organization’s resources to be focused and optimized to produce the greatest impact for members," said Bernard F. Morrey, AOA’s president. "The merger will secure the future of AOS programs and will provide the opportunity to broaden the audience for our discussions. The merger also will produce economic efficiencies by eliminating administrative duplication and consolidating personnel resources."

Merging the AOAS and the AOS would also benefit individual members. Dues would decrease for members who are currently in both organizations. Providing a single, high-impact annual meeting for the combined organization would decrease members’ travel and lodging expenses and will limit time away from the office.

Logistically, the new organizational infrastructure would reflect the recognition of academic orthopaedics as a substantial component, an already existing and articulated goal of the AOA’s leadership mission.

For more information, visit the AOA Web site, or call Stephanie Mercado at (847) 318-7350.

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