AAOS Resident Advocacy Fellowship

PURPOSE: The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Resident Advocacy Fellowship  is designed to encourage participation of orthopaedic residents in the national health policy arena.  The program seeks to foster the development of orthopaedic surgeons interested in health policy and advocacy who are willing to become key members of the AAOS advocacy team.  This program offers orthopaedic residents the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the health policy process and contribute to the development of new policies and programs.

Through interaction with senior AAOS management, work on various staff projects and participation in the development and implementation of a cohesive health care policy strategy, AAOS Resident Advocacy Fellows develop a strong foundation toward becoming leaders in a challenging and exciting health care environment.

The AAOS Advocacy Fellows program is seeking individuals who:

  • Have the desire to learn about the political process and to contribute to policymaking through active involvement.
  • Bring a fresh and innovative approach to problem solving and a willingness to tackle perplexing health care issues.
  • Communicate with other residents/fellows about the importance of involvement in the health policy process.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The program will fund up to two Fellowship positions per calendar year and provide them the opportunity to participate in the legislative and regulatory arena during the 12-month period.  Fellows are chosen in January.

It is important that an applicant and his/her program chair/director understand that participation in the Fellowship, while flexible, requires a considerable time commitment.  The AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) will work with the selected applicants to design a flexible program that meets  his/her needs, interests and schedule.

The Fellows will be expected to attend the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in late spring and attend the Hill visits and advocacy training.  Additionally, Fellows will spend a week in Washington DC in the fall (dates are flexible depending on schedule) at the AAOS OGR.  During the week in Washington, DC, Fellows are encouraged to attend appropriate AAOS functions, meet with both legislative and executive branch staff members, and participate in the Association’s volunteer structure as needed.  The AAOS RAF will take part in these and other areas of health policy with the assistance of the AAOS OGR.

Finally, they are also expected to complete a presentation via webinar on some aspect of the health policy issues covered during his/her Fellowship program and present this project in November of the calendar year in which he/she participates.


  • Attend The National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington DC, June 6-9, 2018
  • Spend a week with the OGR in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2018 working directly on policy issues
  • Remain in close communication with the Lead Volunteer of the Fellowship and the AAOS OGR
  • Develop a topic for presentation to be completed by November of 2018
  • Help promote resident involvement in advocacy including writing articles for resident newsletters, involvement with the PAC, presentations to residents.
  • Help develop ways Advocacy Fellows can stay involved and stay connected with AAOS and be groomed for other leadership positions.

Failure to complete any of these expectations, or to remain in good standing with your home program, may result in loss of participation in the Fellowship program.


  • The Fellowship will run from January through November
  • Residents should be PGY3 or PGY4 to start the program
  • Must be a US citizen

HOUSING/TRAVEL STIPEND: The AAOS Advocacy Fellows will be reimbursed for their housing, travel and meal expenses associated with the Fellowship program.


An application package must include the following documents:

  • A statement of commitment to the applicant’s participation in the program and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s program Chair/Director containing an evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications, an endorsement of the applicant’s participation in this program.
  • Cover letter that includes complete contact information through the application period
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief essays on the following topics: 
    • The reasons why you want to be an AAOS Advocacy Fellows and how you will use this Fellowship.  Include a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program (250-300 words
    • Explain what you believe are the most difficult challenges facing the healthcare delivery system today and what policymakers should explore and why (250-300 words)
  • A letter of recommendation from an additional faculty member

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications are reviewed by the Lead Volunteer and AAOS OGR staff. Finalists will be interviewed by phone.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: In order to be considered for acceptance into the program, all applications must be received no later than November 15, 2017.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to:
Julie Williams, Senior Manager
AAOS Office of Government Relations
317 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, 2002

The AAOS Resident Advocacy Fellowship Lead Volunteer is Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Pediatrics, Former AAOS Political Action Committee Chairman