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Published 7/1/2011
Edward Akelman, MD

AAOS Education Enhancement Fund

By Edward Akelman, MD

Enhancing your education and patient care

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an educational leader. It has the broadest, deepest continuing medical education (CME) program in orthopaedics, one that ranks among the top CME programs in all of medicine. That status was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education last year when it awarded the AAOS CME program accreditation “with commendation,” a designation reserved for only the top programs in medical education.

Still, as good as this program is, we know that we must keep innovating and working to maintain that level of excellence in the future. That’s the purpose of the new AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AEEF).

“We have a tremendous volunteer force in our faculty, authors, editors, program developers, and committee members, supported by a first-class staff,” said Mark Wieting, chief education officer. “This new fund will give us flexibility to try new things, support specialized programs, and incorporate more technology into our programs.”

In May, the Academy’s Board of Directors held a planning workshop on technology in education; the mandate from that program is to bring education to AAOS members in new ways—from innovative, engaging programs on the Internet to just-in-time learning on handheld devices like smart phones and tablets. Using available technology to help members move through the Maintenance of Certification process is another goal. This fund will help in these areas.

Most donors have felt the need to give back to the program that has benefitted them over the years. As recent Founding Member Gary Wyard, MD, said, “I am a community orthopaedic surgeon who has benefitted immensely from the efforts of many, like friends and associates Lawrence Dorr, MD, and Richard Kyle, MD, who have given so much toward education, training, and research. This is a way for me to show appreciation in a meaningful way—by donating to the AAOS-AEEF.”

Gifts at any level will help advance the AAOS education programs. Of special note: everyone contributing $2,500 or more during 2011 will be accorded special recognition as Founding Members of the fund. Founding Members will be recognized in brochures and on a plaque to be installed at the Academy headquarters building.

As part of the agreement with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), our fundraising partner, a portion of each contribution supports OREF projects. Because this is a special appeal, contributions will not count toward Order of Merit or Shands Circle status.

I urge my colleagues to become a Founding Member or make a supporting contribution now. Your participation will ensure the success of this important initiative to enhance surgeon education and patient care.

Edward Akelman, MD, is chair of the AAOS Council on Education.

Become a founding member of the AEEF
To make a tax-deductible gift to the AEEF, send your check (payable to the OREF) to AEEF/OREF, 6300 N. River Road, Suite 700, Rosemont, Illinois 60018. Contribute by credit card online at