AAOS establishes new volunteer Achievement Awards

By John R. Tongue, MD

Active volunteer involvement is at the heart of AAOS activities. Our meetings, courses, educational materials, clinical practice guidelines, and advocacy efforts are just a few of the many activities that depend on participation by volunteers for their success. Volunteers are vital—not only to the AAOS, but also to orthopaedic specialty societies; national, state, and local orthopaedic societies; and the broader medical community.

The AAOS Board of Directors recently established the Achievement Award Program (AAP) to encourage and enhance individual growth of Academy members, and to thank them for their many contributions to education, research, and advocacy in orthopaedics. This new program recognizes participation by AAOS members in Academy programs and elsewhere in orthopaedics. The Council on Education and the Board want to recognize those who are freely giving back and to create an incentive for others to do the same.

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