In 2020, the world faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Academy was called upon to deliver even greater resources, education, and advocacy than ever before to assist our members through the pandemic. Dedicated to its Core Values of Leading to Serve, Shaping the Future, and Excellence Together, the 2020 Annual Report highlights the Academy’s ongoing leadership and accomplishments, achieved in a year of significant change.
This year-in-review animation, Persevering Together, looks back on 2020 and all that members and the musculoskeletal community accomplished together.
2020 initiatives and accomplishments – made possible due to the continued dedication and support of our AAOS volunteers and staff – include:
- Strongly supported members during the pandemic including creating the COVID-19 Member Resource Center and conducting a COVID-19 surgical impact survey with over 1,500 member responses
- Pivoted from an in-person 2020 Annual Meeting to deliver a successful Virtual Experience, while also converting Review and Skills Courses to virtual formats and offering a remotely proctored Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE)
- Highlighted members’ COVID-19 support efforts through social media campaigns such as the Volunteer Spotlight and the #OrthoHeroes campaign
- Created new member touchpoints for advocacy with a unique in-district advocacy event and the launch of new “The Bone Beat” advocacy podcast series.
- Published a Governance Diversity Report, expanding transparency and reflecting increased female and under-represented minority representation in governance by 10% and 15%, respectively
- Launched the AAOS Leadership Institute (ALI) to expand access to all members to leadership education and encourage growth in skills deemed important for success as an AAOS leader
- Expanded the AAOS Registries Program with AJRR surpassing 2 million procedures and the launch of the American Spine Registry in collaboration with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)