The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) announced January 20, 2003 that members of the Academic Orthopaedic Society (AOS) approved a motion to give the AOS Executive Committee authority to integrate its operations into the AOA. Formal dissolution of the AOS will occur at the end of the year, but in the meantime, the AOA and AOS are working to transition key activities and to develop an effective infrastructure in the AOA that will serve increased academic needs.
As part of the agreement, the AOA will establish an Academic Issues Committee (AIC). The AIC will initially include members of the AOS Executive Committee and presidential line.
James Hamilton, MD, AOS president-elect, will serve as the inaugural chairman of the AIC. The AIC will be responsible for driving academic issues within the AOA and the chair of the committee will hold a seat on the AOA Executive Committee.
This group, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, will implement the academic agenda for the AOA. The first AIC meeting will take place at the AOAs 116th Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC.
The merger will realize economic efficiencies by eliminating administrative duplication and consolidating personnel resources.
Individual members will also benefit, according to leaders of the two organizations. For those who currently hold membership in both organizations, dues will decrease. Leaders also anticipate that providing a single meeting annually for the combined organizations will decrease members travel and lodging expenses and will limit their time away from the office.