Chad A. Krueger, MD; Jared L. Harwood, MD; and Kristin Brackemyre
Political, social, and economic changes continue to have significant effects on health policy in the United States, including how orthopaedic surgeons provide musculoskeletal care. The legislative and regulatory policies established in Washington, D.C., will continue to have an impact on the orthopaedic profession and, more importantly, orthopaedic patients, for years to come. For resident members of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), understanding the legislative issues that affect orthopaedic surgeons is a critical first step in becoming more active in advocacy.
Political advocacy covers a wide range of activities, including voting in elections, educating a member of Congress, or contributing to the AAOS Political Action Committee (Orthopaedic PAC). The AAOS works hard to dialogue with many key members of Congress and uses these relationships to educate legislators and their staff on issues that are important to the orthopaedic community. What better source for information on orthopaedic issues than an orthopaedic surgeon?