In 2020, the world faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and AAOS was no exception. After making the difficult decision to pivot the AAOS 2020 Annual Meeting to an entirely virtual experience, the Academy continued to forge ahead in providing its members with resources for patient care, practice management, continued education, and advocacy in new and innovative ways. Under the leadership of AAOS Past President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, the Academy communicated regularly and transparently with its members about the changes occurring worldwide and within the field of orthopaedics. Dedicated to the Core Values of Leading to Serve, Shaping the Future, and Excellence Together, the Academy experienced many accomplishments in the past year, all of which are outlined in the AAOS 2020 Annual Report.
The AAOS COVID-19 Member Resource Center became a repository of information for use by members, patients, partners, and the public. On social media, the Academy also highlighted members by sharing their stories from the front lines of the pandemic with the #OrthoHeroes campaign.
The Academy transformed its educational offerings, shifting to deliver virtual Board Prep and Review, skills courses, and the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination®. Leaders across the Academy also continued to develop a transformative Resident Curriculum (see article on page 36 for more information).
The AAOS Registry program saw significant growth, with the American Joint Replacement Registry surpassing two million procedures. The American Spine Registry also launched in partnership with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
In August 2020, AAOS members across the country participated in a first-of-its-kind advocacy event by engaging members of Congress within their own communities to speak on behalf of the priorities of the orthopaedic profession. Staff from the Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C., also launched “The Bone Beat,” a podcast dedicated to furthering advocacy-related discussions on health policy (see article on page 14 for more information).
As the world turned its attention toward leadership and diversity, so did the Academy. The first-ever Governance Diversity Report was released in combination with a dashboard to increase transparency and help the Academy remain accountable for its diversity-related initiatives, such as inclusion and implicit bias training for volunteer leaders. The AAOS Leadership Institute (ALI) was launched in 2020 out of the desire of members to have more leadership education and mentorship. This program will help shape the future of AAOS and the field of orthopaedics (see cover article for more information on ALI).
For more information on all of the Academy’s accomplishments in 2020, download the AAOS 2020 Annual Report at www.aaos.org/annualreport.
Ryann Hoffenberg is the communications manager for AAOS.