February 2002 Bulletin

The AAOS at its best:
Enhancing our educational mission

The AAOS and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) have reached an historic agreement that will significantly enhance our future opportunities for electronic media education. It allows the AAOS to develop a new dominant program in electronic education through Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), using current and historical JBJS content. In addition, each Active Fellow of the Academy has been issued a subscription to JBJS as a benefit of membership.

The proposal for this agreement was 11 months in development and I want to thank the AAOS project team headed by Treasurer Andrew Weiland, MD, and including Second Vice President James Herndon, MD, Deputy Executive Vice President Lawrence Rosenthal, PhD, and Director of Publications Marilyn Fox, who worked closely with the JBJS to achieve this outstanding result.

Through this agreement, which became effective January 1, 2002, we have created a strategic partnership that will both enhance the Academy’s online educational content while at the same time providing enhanced sustained value to our Fellows. The agreement directly relates to the mission and vision of the Academy to be the prime source of continuing medical education for the practicing orthopaedic surgeon and to be the authoritative source of information on musculoskeletal care for the highest quality of musculoskeletal health.

By now you have received the first issue of your JBJS subscription. This arrangement also provides you with free access to eJBJS, the journal’s online version. If you haven’t visited eJBJS, that link has now gone live. To activate your free online subscription, go to http://www.ejbjs.org. On the main page of the site, in the left hand column, click on "Activate your online subscription." At the next screen, scroll down to the section called "Help and Services for JBJS subscribers." Once there, click on "Activate your individual subscription to JBJS online" and follow the directions. To register you will need to enter your JBJS subscriber number, which is located on the publication’s mailing label. You will be asked to pick your own site password and, at your option, you can have your computer "remember" the password for you. You only need to activate your online subscription once. If you can’t find your subscriber number to register or have other problems, go to the help box at the top of the activation page or contact the Subscriber Department by e-mail at subs@jbjs.org or call them at (781) 449-9780. I urge you go online today. Don’t miss out on this great educational opportunity.

James Heckman, MD, editor of the JBJS, has told us that the Journal is now yours in every sense of the word. Not only do he and the JBJS staff welcome you as readers, they also encourage your participation through submission of articles and commentary, in either the print or electronic versions of the JBJS.

With the addition of the JBJS to an already rich assortment of AAOS continuing medical education offerings, such as the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), OKO and the Annual Meeting, the Academy is able to provide orthopaedic surgeons with the most comprehensive and diverse resource of orthopaedic knowledge that exists anywhere.

The long-term impact of this agreement benefits AAOS and our Fellows in several ways. First, it provides Active Fellows of the Academy with the premier peer-reviewed scientific orthopaedic journal in the world as a benefit. Second, by combining the resources of the AAOS and the JBJS, we have created an environment in which we can expand our electronic media education programs. Third, it also puts the Academy in a prime position to assist members with their maintenance of competency with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Most important, as Dr. Weiland has said, "By combining the resources of the AAOS and the JBJS, we have enhanced our educational mission and this historical partnership presents the AAOS at its best."

One important aspect of this new strategic partnership with JBJS is already proving valuable as we look to expand and enhance OKO. The Council on Education recently held a strategic planning session to discuss the future of the project. Joseph Zuckerman, MD, council chair, explained that there are now seven topics on OKO, two more will be added by the time of the Annual Meeting, and 12 more will be posted by the end of 2002. "We discussed the enormous opportunities for using Academy resources to enrich and broaden OKO content," he said. "We are looking to develop a three-year strategic plan for OKO and we expect content derived from JBJS to be a key element in achieving our goals."

As my leadership year comes to a close, I believe that now, more than at any time in our history, the AAOS is well positioned, as true partners with the JBJS and with our other educational resources, to provide targeted, timely and relevant scientific and clinical content to our Fellows in new ways that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago.

I want to say what a privilege it has been to serve as your President. I look forward to working with Drs. Vern Tolo and Jim Herndon and our talented Board over the next few years in helping our Academy to achieve new heights in education, research and in practice.

Richard H. Gelberman, MD

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