Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, PRSA Fellow (left), was named the 2023 Executive Director of the Year for her work with the West Virginia Orthopaedic Society. She is pictured with Mark J. Romness, MD, FAAOS, chair of the Board of Councilors State Orthopaedic Societies Committee.

AAOS Now

Published 12/20/2023
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Cailin Conner

AAOS Announces Board of Councilors Award and State Society Grant Winners at NOLC/Fall Meeting

Each year, AAOS offers two distinct funding opportunities for state and regional orthopaedic societies. These opportunities fall under the purview of the Board of Councilors (BOC) and are administered by the BOC State Orthopaedic Societies Committee and the BOC State Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee. AAOS leaders, including BOC representatives and other invited guests, made their annual trek to Washington, D.C., for the 2023 Combined National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC)/Fall Meeting from Sept. 17 to 20. Not only did AAOS leaders advocate for musculoskeletal care during the annual Hill Day visits and conduct organizational business, but the BOC also announced the winners of the State Orthopaedic Societies (SOS) Assistance Fund, State Orthopaedic Society Health Policy Action Fund, BOC Executive Director of the Year Award, and State Orthopaedic Society of the Year Award.

2023 SOS Assistance Fund
The SOS Assistance Fund aims to support and enhance the growth of state orthopaedic societies by funding projects in diverse categories, including education, technology, outreach, membership, and governance. This year’s recipients are highlighted below.

The Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association was awarded for its initiative, “The Future of Women and Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) in Massachusetts Orthopaedic Surgery.” The initiative aims to address challenges for women and URMs in orthopaedic surgery while nurturing future leaders in the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association and AAOS. It involves creating a closed listserv for women and URMs in orthopaedic surgery in the state of Massachusetts to share questions and concerns in a supportive setting.

Mississippi Orthopaedic Society’s “Member Outreach and Engagement with Resident Assistance” initiative was also awarded. This initiative supports travel expenses for two resident delegates on the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society’s Board of Directors to attend the AAOS Combined NOLC/Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. It aims to retain residents in Mississippi for medical practice and boost Mississippi Orthopaedic Society and AAOS membership growth, enhancing engagement with current and potential members as well as residents.

The New Mexico Orthopaedic Association received funding for its Reorganization Project. This project reinvigorates the New Mexico Orthopaedic Association by hiring a part-time executive director, upgrading the organization’s website, expanding membership through outreach, and restructuring the budget.

The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society received support for its “Academic/Resident Programming and Regional Practice Event Initiative,” which includes opioid education grand rounds by PAOrtho leaders, along with wraparound events featuring academic faculty and regional practices discussing advocacy issues. The grant funding will partially support these regional events.

Finally, the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Ortopedia y Traumatología (SPOT) received funding for its SPOT Training Center. This initiative’s funding will modernize the SPOT office with interactive web-conferencing technology to facilitate knowledge-sharing; education in underserved communities; and innovation among colleagues, members, and subspecialty groups.

State Orthopaedic Society Health Policy Action Fund
AAOS established the State Orthopaedic Society Health Policy Action Fund to promote key state advocacy priorities aligned with the AAOS Unified Advocacy Agenda. The grant, which is administered by the BOC Committee on State Legislative and Regulatory Issues, provides funding to support state orthopaedic societies in addressing legal, legislative, and regulatory issues that impact orthopaedic practice and patient care at the state level. This year’s recipients are:

  • South Carolina Orthopaedic Association
  • New Jersey Orthopaedic Society
  • North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • Oregon Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North Dakota Orthopaedic Society
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association
  • Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • Mississippi Orthopaedic Society

BOC Executive Director of the Year and State Orthopaedic Society of the Year Award
The BOC Executive Director of the Year Award acknowledges the contributions of executive directors and state societies in their endeavors to foster political transformation, enhance physician and resident participation, and facilitate ongoing medical education and mentorship. It also celebrates the innovative approaches taken by state societies to address membership concerns and applauds overarching accomplishments.

The 2023 BOC Executive Director of the Year Award was presented to Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, PRSA Fellow, for her work as the executive director of the West Virginia Orthopaedic Society.

The State Orthopaedic Society of the Year Award was presented to the Ohio Orthopaedic Society. The organization added more than 100 new members through a statewide orthopaedic group–focused drive, resulting in a 25 percent increase in membership from the previous year. Additionally, efforts to combat statewide opioid abuse in orthopaedic patients by providing free in-home disposal kits and educational material have gained widespread acceptance in Ohio.

Christopher G. Furey, MD, FAAOS, president of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, told AAOS Now, “The safety and well-being of our patients is the foremost goal of the Ohio Orthopaedic Society, and we are committed to successfully addressing the problems associated with opioid abuse in the care of musculoskeletal conditions.”

Cailin Conner is the associate editor of AAOS Now. She can be reached at cconner@aaos.org.