June 2003 Bulletin

Leadership Fellows Program seeks candidates

Fellow and Mentor candidates for class of 2004/2005

The AAOS Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) is seeking candidates for the Class of 2004/2005. Applications for both Fellow and Mentor positions are being sought and will be accepted up until August 1, 2003.

The LFP identifies future leaders from the younger members of AAOS who have had little previous volunteer or leadership experience and prepares them to assume roles of responsibility within AAOS.

The LFP combines didactic leadership training with an ongoing mentoring program that matches the participants with an established leader within the orthopaedic community. The role of Mentor is viewed as an integral part of the LFP. As advisor and confidant to the LFP Fellow, the Mentor will foster a close professional and personal relationship that continues throughout the fellowship year and beyond.

Program goals

The goals of this program are to:

Why you should apply

The AAOS Leadership Fellows Program is unique within the medical association field. It is designed to develop a group of trained volunteers who can help lead the AAOS in the years ahead, creating a leadership legacy. The program benefits those selected as Fellows by providing them with invaluable leadership training and giving them the opportunity to build a one-to-one relationship with an experienced, senior orthopaedic leader. Here is what a participant in the Fellowship Class of 2002/2003 says about his experience with the program:

"Active participants in the LFP should expect a deep and broad range of experiences and learning which will be applied daily to their professional and personal lives. The program allows direct interaction with the AAOS organization and leaders, exploring the unity and diversity of our Fellows in both learning and social environments. An extensive reading list provides study and exposure to cutting edge concepts not part of a traditional Orthopaedic learning tract. I now find myself using these learned leadership skills in the operating room and office, when interacting with my colleagues, as well as in the development of more meaningful and productive relationships. Organizations like the AAOS rely on future volunteers for leadership, and this program is an excellent starting point for those dedicated to serve."

—David Teuscher, MD

Schedule of events

The LFP encompasses a one-year training process and requires a commitment by the participants—both Fellows and Mentors—to attend ALL the scheduled LFP events listed below.

March 11, 2004, AAOS Annual Meeting, San Francisco—Orientation for newly selected LFP Fellows who will be introduced to their Mentors and attend the graduation of the 2003/2004 Class of Fellows.

March 31–April 3, 2004, LFP Training—Rosemont, Ill.

March 31–LFP Fellows and Mentors will take part in a one-day program on "Volunteers in Leadership."

April 1–LFP Fellows and Mentors will attend and participate in the AAOS Leadership Orientation Program.

April 2-3–LFP Fellows, only, will stay on to attend the American Orthopaedic Association’s Conference: "Leadership in Voluntary Organizations: Best Practices in a Professional Organization."

April 28-May 1, 2004, National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.—LFP Fellows and Mentors will participate in the legislative program and Capitol Hill visits. There will also be a separate LFP program on Friday April 25.

October 9-10, 2004, LFP Fall Meeting, Rosemont, Ill. —1-1/2 day Leadership training program for Fellows and Mentors.

February 24, 2005, LFP Class of 2004/2005 Graduation, Washington, D.C.—Class of 2004/2005 will graduate during the AAOS Annual Meeting and also welcome the incoming class of 2005/2006.

In addition to participating in these events, the Fellows are encouraged to build and maintain an ongoing dialogue with their assigned Mentors.

Travel funding

The Academy will fund the travel and lodging expenses for LFP meetings for Fellows and Mentors, with the exception of the Annual Meeting.

During the 2004/2005 class year, the Fellows will receive funding for travel and lodging for a visit to their assigned Mentor.

Eligibility requirements

LFP Fellow—Fellows or Candidate Members who are 45 years or younger as of January 31, 2004 are eligible to become an LFP Fellow. A maximum of 15 Fellows will be selected for the Class of 2004/2005.

LFP Mentor—AAOS Fellows who wish to become Mentors should be actively involved in the orthopaedic profession (serving on the AAOS Board, as committee or council member, Board of Councilors member, orthopaedic residency program chair/director or leader in other specialty societies), willing to devote the time necessary to serve as a Mentor and interested in developing future AAOS leaders. The selection of Mentors will be based upon the number of LFP Fellows selected (15 maximum) and the match between Mentor and Fellow in terms of education, training, professional interests and non-medical activities.

Other Requirements

To apply for the LFP as a Fellow you must provide the following:

Note: The essay is a key component in the selection of LFP Fellows. It is evaluated for both content and clarity of thought.

To apply for the LFP as a Mentor you must provide the following:

Submitting application materials

Fellow applications and essays must be submitted online by August 1, 2003, via the AAOS Web site at http://www3.aaos.org/lfp/lfpappl.cfm.

Fellow letters of recommendation must be submitted by August 1, 2003 to the address listed below via U.S. mail, fax or e-mail. Applicants are responsible for contacting their references to ensure all letters of recommendation are received on time.

Mentor applications and statements must be submitted online by August 1, 2003, via the AAOS Web site at http://www3.aaos.org/lfp/lfpappl.cfm.

Send letters of recommendation and/or inquiries about the LFP to:

Leadership Fellows Program
Department of Academic Affairs
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-4262
Tel: (847) 384-4342

Fax: (847) 823-1822


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