AAOS Bulletin - December, 2005

2006 AAOS Member Census is on the way

By Sylvia Watkins-Castillo

The AAOS is once again preparing to take the pulse of orthopaedic surgery by gathering demographic information. The 2006 AAOS Member Census is now online on the AAOS Web site. Hard copies will be distributed via mail and fax in January 2006.

To help ensure 100 percent participation, we’ve cut the number of questions in half and made the questionnaire easier than ever to complete with quick online access.

Although most of the questions can be quickly answered, you may want to have the following practice information prepared and handy: work schedules, patient payer sources, compensation information and overall number of procedures in a month. Also make sure you know the approximate number of the following common procedures performed in a month: carpal tunnel release, knee arthroscopy, spinal fusion, anterior cruciate ligament repair, total/partial/revision hip replacement, total/unicompartmental/bi-tri-compartmental/revision knee replacement, rotator cuff repair and spinal disc replacement.

Why bother?

Must the Academy ask these questions? Definitely—and here’s why:

The data generated by the census questionnaire provides useful information for the AAOS and its members throughout the year. It is vital for the Academy to understand the members, their practices and the field of orthopaedic surgery to ensure that members’ professional needs and interests are addressed through Academy initiatives and services.

Census data also provides orthopaedic practice statistics and membership trend information. During the course of a year, the Academy receives several inquiries from members and the media about changes and trends in the orthopaedic workforce and statistics related to orthopaedic practice and practice management issues. Your responses help keep our database current and enable the Academy to respond to those inquiries.

Information about individual members and their practice setting helps the Academy to identify specialized populations whose input into new technologies and educational needs is vital to future programming that meets member needs.

Census data is also useful in establishing statistics to support members and the field of orthopaedic surgery in political and funding arenas.

Sylvia Watkins-Castillo is manager, survey and information analysis, in the department of research and scientific affairs.

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