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Education Council

Overall Purpose/Mission

Provides oversight and decision-making for the Academy’s education portfolio based on evaluating and assessing recommendations from the Education Council Content Committees (CC). Selection of programs, products, and services is based on creating a balanced approach of orthopaedic education across all specialties and the career life-cycle of the Academy’s members. The education portfolio is developed in accordance with the essential policies and standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.


  1. Align all activities to support execution and achievement of the mission, vision, goals, strategic objectives and metrics of the Strategic Plan and conduct all business in accordance with the Core Values as adopted by the Board of Directors.

  2. Advise and direct new program development brought forward by the Content Committees.

  3. Assimilate and evaluate market research data and member needs assessments to consider new programs/projects as recommended by the Content Committees. Use member and customer research and other planning methods to create a continuing three-year educational program/project plan that is reevaluated annually.

  4. Engage in research on educational methods and outcomes related to AAOS programs and publish the results of this research.

  5. Assure the Education Council Program Chairs and the Content Committees explore and consider new educational technologies and methodologies and incorporate into the Academy’s programs and services.

  6. Identify unique content that affects all members and direct the development of special projects, e.g., aging, patient safety, diversity, and others. Interact with other Academy committees as needed in project development.

  7. As indicated by market research, provide continuing education opportunities for other physician groups and allied health care professionals, who support and provide musculoskeletal care.

  8. Track changes in the ABOS MOC program and develop educational strategies and programs to ensure AAOS members are able to maintain certification and medical licensure. 

    Oversight of the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AEEF). Consider and approve AEEF requests. 

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Board of Directors. 




One (1) Member-at-Large

Annual Meeting Committee Chair

CME Courses Program Chair

Learning Innovation and Product Development Chair

Education Assessments and Examinations Committee Chair

Foot and Ankle Content Committee Chair

Hand and Wrist Content Committee Chair

Musculoskeletal Oncology Content Committee Chair

Shoulder and Elbow Content Committee Chair

Sports Medicine Content Committee Chair

Spine Content Committee Chair

Trauma Content Committee Chair

Pediatrics Content Committee Chair

Adult Reconstruction Hip and Knee Content Committee Chair

Basic Science Content Committee Chair

Editor-in-Chief JAAOS

Editor JAAOS Research 

Second Vice-President (Board Liaison)

Chair-Elect, Board of Councilors

Chair, Board of Specialty Societies 

One Candidate Member

Term of Office

For chair, two (2) years; eligible for one (1) additional two (2) year term.

For chair-designee, one (1) year overlapping the current chair.

For committee chairs, coincides with term of their committee chair position.

For online Learning and Publications Program Chair, two (2) years; eligible for one (1) additional two (2) year term.

For content committee chairs, coincides with term of their content committee chair position.

For members-at-large, two (2) years; eligible for one (1) additional two (2) year term.

For candidate member, two (2) year term. 

For liaison members, coincides with term of their position.

Staff Liaison (title)

Chief Education Strategist     

Last updated: 7/5/23