Promote Leadership

Cultivating the next generation. 

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program impacts many people beyond the individuals directly involved. The young leader influences others within their institution, subspecialty, and community. As these Emerging Leaders achieve their potential, their association with the AOA adds value to and burnishes the AOA’s own reputation within the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal community.

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Resident Leadership Activities

The AOA’s Resident Leadership activities nurture tomorrow’s leaders by giving them, typically, their first exposure to broader leadership concepts. Participating PGY4 residents return to their institutions with a new-found understanding of leadership concepts which they take into their PGY5 year (many of whom will hold Chief Resident positions).  

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Innovate Education

Enriching dynamic educators

Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) Program & Academic Activities

As home to a majority of orthopaedic educators, the AOA will set the stage for real and lasting impact in the education of orthopaedists from medical school, through residency and fellowships, and to faculty development.

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AOA Traveling Fellowships

AOA Traveling Fellowships provide high-impact experiences that develop leadership skills and networks through interactions with the world’s most prominent orthopaedic surgeons. 

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Advance the Future

Addressing critical issues.  

Leadership Development 

The AOA provides training and information enabling members of the musculoskeletal community to expand and enhance skills not learned in orthopaedic training. 

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Own the Bone Program

For the last decade, the AOA has been engaging the orthopaedic community to close the 82% osteoporosis treatment gap and deliver multidisciplinary care coordination for geriatric fracture patients. The AOA's Own the Bone program provides simple, easy-to-use, cost effective tools to enable hospitals, practice groups, and health plans to coordinate the bone health care of fragility fracture patients with flexibility to accommodate various practice settings/needs.  

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Mission Critical Education

Orthopaedic leadership has always been at the core of The American Orthopaedic Association since its inception in 1887. AOA members—whether in private practice or academics—influence and often lead changes to advance the specialty. As the health care delivery landscape continues evolving, the AOA will work to bring together its members as they nurture future generations, explore critical topics and perspectives impacting the profession and the provision of musculoskeletal care. 

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