February 2000 Bulletin

Unity quality education on ‘campus’

The "orthopaedic campus" is a bustling place these days.

Once a quiet corner of Rosemont, Ill. across from a tranquil forest preserve, today is the home of AAOS, 21 orthopaedic specialty societies that are managed by AAOS, five independent orthopaedic societies, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) and a new 206-room Hyatt hotel.

The "orthopaedic campus" fulfills a long-held objective of the Academy—to maintain unity in the orthopaedic community and to offer the best continuing medical education resources for orthopaedic surgeons, says William W. Tipton Jr., MD, AAOS executive vice president.

"You can see in the corporate world that successful organizations are stra-tegically oriented and can rapidly communicate within their structure to be highly efficient and avoid duplication of effort," says Dr. Tipton. "That’s what we are striving for as we meet members’ needs. There are a limited amount of resources and we must be efficient."

AAOS serves as an umbrella organization for a number of orthopaedic specialty societies to help them carry out their mission.

"The unity pays extra dividends in being able to relate to the external environment—legislators and regulators," says Dr. Tipton.

The hotel, which opened in October, added an important dimension to the "orthopaedic campus," offering meeting rooms and guest sleeping rooms for orthopaedic surgeons attending committee meetings in the AAOS headquarters or attending OLC courses.

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