The AOA’s RLF attendees learn leadership concepts, gain new perspectives, and share best practices. Participants from across the US and Canada make vital connections with peers and with AOA’s established leaders. Orthopaedic residency programs benefit from sending residents, who return to share new knowledge and experiences with others in the program.

Who Can Attend

Outstanding PGY4 residents from accredited institutions who have garnered recognition as up-and-coming orthopaedic leaders within their program are nominated by their Program Directors and Department Chairs. Only two residents per institution are permitted to attend the C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum.

Attendance at the 2024 AOA C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum is a two-step process which includes nomination and registration to the forum.

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Registration is now open!

If you have any questions regarding Nominations for the 2024 C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum, please contact Veronica Gonzalez at

Registration for the 2024 RLF is now open!

About C. McCollister Evarts, MD, FAOA

C. McCollister Evarts, MD, FAOA

In recognition of Dr. Evarts’ transformational gift to the AOA, the Executive Committee honored Dr. Evarts by renaming the Resident Leadership Forum as the C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum in 2016.

Dr. Evarts has had a tremendous impact on orthopaedics. He has served as Chair of two Orthopaedic Departments, CEO and Dean of two academic health centers, and been the recipient of many honors and awards—including the AOA’s Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award in 2006.

Dr. Evarts served as AOA President in 1985. He also served as President for AAHC, Hip Society, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and OMeGA Medical Grants Association. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He acknowledges that without the support of family and friends, all his other achievements would be diminished.