January 1996 Bulletin
Strategic Plan for 1996-1997
The following Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors,
December 8, 1995.
The mission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is
to foster and assure highest quality and most cost-effective
musculoskeletal health care through:
- education of orthopaedists, other providers of health care and
- promotion of research;
- communication with other professionals and the public; and
- leadership, through advocacy, in the development of health care
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons will be the preeminent
organization providing high quality programs to advance musculoskeletal
health care. The Academy's programs will be responsive to the
needs of the public and the profession in a rapidly changing environment
and will be provided in innovative, ethical and fiscally responsible
The ideal approach to care of the patient with musculoskeletal
disease is a team comprised of orthopaedists and other providers
of musculoskeletal care. Working collaboratively to coordinate
patient care, each provider should participate in a way which
maximizes the quality and cost-effectiveness of the overall care.
Develop programs and relationships that will improve the quality
of musculoskeletal care by exploring a variety of health care
- Work with other organizations representing providers of musculoskeletal
services to develop systems of patient management that will be
physician-controlled, cost-effective and preserve timely access
to specialty care. These cooperative efforts may include research,
provider education, patient education, advocacy and patient care
models and tools.
- Identify, monitor and develop models of musculoskeletal health
care delivery that maximize the quality and cost-effectiveness
- As new delivery models are developed, provide programs to assist
orthopaedic surgeons to redefine their roles, appropriate to local
and regional needs.
Education is the fundamental endeavor of the Academy which allows
us to deliver highest quality and most cost-effective patient
care and to advance the profession.
Be responsive to the educational needs and desires of musculoskeletal
professionals by promoting the acquisition of current, relevant
knowledge and skills in creative, affordable, efficient and accessible
ways to deliver the highest quality patient care.
- Provide a multifaceted array of educational programs for the
fellowship and other orthopaedic surgeons.
- Provide educational content in practice management for orthopaedic
surgeons, including programs to help orthopaedists with their
practices in the changing socioeconomic environment.
- Focus on developing and delivering relevant home-study programs
for orthopaedic surgeons, using the appropriate educational and
- Provide educational content in musculoskeletal medicine for
health care professionals, other providers and patients.
- Provide educational content in computer skills, telemedicine
and medical informatics.
- Develop and validate methods to measure the educational effectiveness
in both teaching and learning related to our programs and products;
implement teaching methods validated as effective.
- Evaluate whether present educational programs and products
on general orthopaedics need to be supplemented and, if required,
develop programs and products to meet this need.
- Evaluate the breadth and depth of our relationships with specialty
societies in educational activities.
- Provide educational content on the implications of advances
in biotechnology for patient care, cost-effectiveness and scope
of practice for orthopaedists and other providers.
- Provide educational content on the ethical implications of
biotechnology and changes in health care delivery and financing.
The Academy's health policy program is proactive and responsive
to the needs of the public and the profession.
Influence the direction of health care
- Advocate policies and programs that
will maintain and improve the quality of musculoskeletal care.
- Regularly determine which health policy and practice issues
members believe the Academy should address and what positions
- Preserve access to the highest quality, cost-effective specialty
- Promote the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior.
- Monitor and collect data for decision makers and become an
informational resource on orthopaedic work force matters.
- Advocate fair payment for services provided.
High quality, ethical basic and clinical research is the foundation
and future of musculoskeletal care.
Promote basic and clinical research of the musculoskeletal system.
- Actively develop programs that promote outcomes and effectiveness
- Promote public and private funding for basic and clinical musculoskeletal
- Actively develop clinical algorithms and practice parameters.
- Develop a national database on patients with musculoskeletal
disease which will provide information on patient care outcomes
and resource utilization.
- Monitor and address emerging issues in biotechnology related
to research, regulation and patent issues.
The Academy is a flexible, efficient and fiscally responsible
organization composed of ethical professionals involved in musculoskeletal
care. These professionals communicate and collaborate in the development
of education programs, research activities and advocacy of the
highest quality musculoskeletal health care.
Be a fiscally responsible organization which responds rapidly
to the needs of its members.
- Develop a flexible organizational culture that ensures a rapid
response to meet the changing needs of the members.
- Develop an organizational mindset that insures that the Academy
remains fiscally responsible.
- Develop collaborative relationships with orthopaedic state,
regional and specialty societies that facilitate joint development
of strategies and programs.
- Implement and use high tech communication capability to directly
interact with members on a regular basis.
- Carefully explore the development of special interest groups
within the structure of the Academy, including international members,
allied health categories and others as identified and as appropriate.
Revised December 1995