Published 7/1/2008
Hassan R. Mir, MD

AAOS expands membership to all residents


To encourage young orthopaedic surgeons-in-training to become involved in AAOS earlier in their careers, the Academy recently expanded its resident membership to include all orthopaedic surgery residents—postgraduate years (PGY) 1–5. Previously, only PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents were eligible.

Resident membership is provided automatically to all physicians enrolled in an approved allopathic or osteopathic orthopaedic surgery residency program in the United States or Canada. Upon successful completion of training, resident members are eligible to advance to candidate membership.

Benefits of membership
Along with a valuable introduction to organized orthopaedics, resident membership comes with a range of benefits, including free registration to the Annual Meeting. There, residents can enjoy targeted courses such as the Forum for Young Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Practice Management Symposium for Residents, and the Orthopaedic Review Course.

Free access to the Academy’s Job Placement Service and the members-only sections of the AAOS Web site are also benefits. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online and the AAOS Practice Management Center are just two of the valuable online resources that resident members enjoy.

All resident members receive their own free subscriptions to the Journal of the AAOS, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and AAOS Now, as well as e-mail offerings such as the monthly AAOS Residents’ Newsletter, thrice-weekly Headline News Now, and bi-weekly AAOS Advocacy Now.

All AAOS educational courses and products are available to resident members at a reduced cost.

Take full advantage of all that AAOS has to offer, get involved “Now” and stay involved.

Hassan R. Mir, MD, is co-editor of the AAOS Residents’ Newsletter.

New ‘resident’ slots added to AAOS committees
By Hassan R. Mir, MD

As a resident member of the Academy’s Candidate, Resident, and Fellow Subcommittee this past year, I’ve had a front-row seat to the inner workings of the Academy, and I’ve played a role in decisions that will affect orthopaedic residents both now and in the future. It’s been a great experience.

As a committee member, I’ve been involved in redesigning and editing the AAOS Residents’ Newsletter, further defining and developing the AAOS Resident Liaison Program, working to extend AAOS resident membership to PGY 1–5, and increasing resident involvement with AAOS committees.

Recently, the AAOS Committee Appointment Program (CAP) Committee approved the addition of resident members to several AAOS committees and advisory boards. The new resident seats will be in addition to the AAOS member positions already designated on the committee.

Joining a committee is an excellent way to gain insight into the way the Academy functions. Resident members can apply for positions online through the CAP module (www.aaos.org/cap), where requirements will be listed by committee chairs as the positions become available. Following are some of the committees and advisory boards that will add resident members:

  • Ethics Committee
  • Diversity Advisory Board
  • Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board
  • Patient Education Committee
  • Publications Committee
  • Annual Meeting Committee
  • Biomedical Engineering Committee
  • Biological Implants Committee
  • Research Development Committee
  • Patient Safety Committee

By applying for resident positions on AAOS Committees or joining the AAOS Resident Liaison Program, resident members can—and should—get involved and provide their input on a variety of issues that can affect the future of orthopaedics.