The AAOS promotes orthopaedic research through advocacy, education, and
recognition of excellence. Research activities and initiatives provide
opportunities for musculoskeletal researchers through annual research symposia,
clinician scholar development programs, orthopaedic research awards, advocacy
events, and interaction with regulatory agencies to aid in the development of
safe and effective orthopaedic devices and biologics.
Data and Statistics: The AAOS
partners with United States Bone and Joint Initiative to publish the Burden of
Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and
Economic Costs (BMUS). The site offers a Report Builder which allows
you to customize a report based on the most up-to-date data available.
Orthopaedic Research Agenda: The AAOS, in partnership with the orthopaedic
subspecialty societies, publishes a Unified
Orthopaedic Research Agenda (URA) annually. The mission of the URA is to
advance science and research in musculoskeletal care through a unified research
strategy. Continued and additional funding of these research priorities is
necessary to improve function and mobility and reduce the socioeconomic burden
of orthopaedic disorders.
Sex and Gender in Research: The AAOS seeks
to advocate, advance, and serve as a resource on sex and gender differences in musculoskeletal
health. Since females suffer from disease in different ways than males, recognizing
sex-related differences is critical to optimizing patient care.
and Resources: This document outlines Research and Quality Tools and
Resources for orthopaedic specialty societies as offered by the AAOS Department
of Research and Scientific Affairs.
Census: The AAOS Orthopaedic Surgeon Census is conducted biennially to
collect demographic and orthopaedic practice-related information. AAOS uses
these data to develop accurate, up-to-date statistics on orthopaedic practice
and practice management issues in order to accurately represent members in
advocacy, funding, and reimbursement efforts.
Research Opportunities: Search a clearinghouse of research funding opportunities offered by orthopaedic specialty societies (BOS Member Organizations). Opportunities are filterable and link to external websites for additional information and application instructions.
Research Awards: The American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons solicits manuscripts annually for the Kappa
Delta Awards and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)
Clinical Research Award. Up to two $20,000 Kappa Delta awards (Elizabeth
Winston Lanier Award and Ann Doner Vaughan Award), one $20,000 Kappa Delta
Young Investigator award, and one $20,000 OREF award are awarded for outstanding
basic, translational, or clinical research related to the musculoskeletal system.
Clinician Scholar Career Development: The
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) is an annual
application-based training program for clinicians in their PGY2-PGY 5 residency
years, in fellowships, and Junior Faculty through year three who have the
potential/desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists.
ORS/OREF/ AAOS Grant Writing Workshop:
The 2017 Grant Writing Workshop: Tools for Success - Clinical,
Translational, and Basic Science Research, will be held April 28-29,
2017 in Baltimore, MD. The program is held annually and features:
- Mock Study Section where faculty will review provisional grants provided by the registrants.
- Specific Aims Lab which will allow attendees to
collaborate with faculty and peers to revise and improve the specific
aims section of the grant application. The key component to the grant
- Real Time Feedback from Faculty and NIH Officers
Symposia: The annual AAOS research symposia are designed to define the
knowledge base in a chosen topic area based on scientific evidence, to identify
gaps in the knowledge base, and to outline future research opportunities. Abstracts
submissions offer an opportunity to present your related research and young
investigator travel awards are available for each meeting.
The Orthopaedic community works to raise awareness of the
chronic, debilitating, and costly musculoskeletal diseases and disorders afflicting
our nation and to request continued support for musculoskeletal research. It is
imperative that the orthopaedic community educate members of Congress about the
need for increased musculoskeletal research funding in order to improve the
quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.
Research Capitol Hill Days:
The AAOS sponsors an annual event in which physicians, researchers, and
patients travel to Washington, DC, to visit their representatives, share personal
stories, and discuss the need for increased federal funding of musculoskeletal
War Injuries: The AAOS has partnered with the Society for Military
Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) since 2006 in an annual symposium series,
Extremity War Injuries (EWI) , which has served to define current knowledge and
identify future research directions regarding management of extremity trauma.
The efforts of the EWI symposia have contributed to Department of Defense Peer
Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP), which was established by
Congress in fiscal year 2009 to support military-relevant, peer-reviewed
The AAOS reviews and monitors scientific and regulatory developments in the
field of implantable biologicals, tissue components, and combination
biological/biomedical device products as they relate to orthopaedic surgery,
care, and practice. The Academy’s Biological Implants Committee interacts with
governmental, regulatory, and standard-setting organizations, as well as
orthopaedic device manufacturers to promote the promulgation of safe and
efficacious biological products for use in orthopaedics.
The AAOS provides resources its members and the public for scientific and
regulatory developments in the field of biomedical engineering as they relate
to orthopaedic surgery, practice, and patient care. The Biomedical Engineering
Committee collaborates with regulatory bodies, governmental and
standard-setting agencies, the orthopaedic industry, and the medical community
to advocate for the development and availability of safe and effective
orthopaedic medical devices.