Surgical Skills Scholarships help improve orthopaedic care

In 2009, the AAOS International Surgical Skills Scholarship program gave orthopaedic surgeons from Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Macedonia, and Sierra Leone the opportunity to increase their knowledge and sharpen their surgical skills.

Each year, the scholarship program rotates to one of four regions. All of the 2009 winners are from the Middle East and Africa; the 2010 program is open to surgeons from Asia and the Pacific. All scholarship recipients must have a strong record of leadership roles or positions, a proven record of teaching either academically or within their professional organizations/healthcare community, a history of volunteering in their community, and a demonstrated commitment to improving patient care.

In addition, the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), established by Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, is supporting an additional scholar from West Africa in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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