Resident Assembly Committees

The Resident Assembly has five subject committees: Education, Career Development, Health Policy, Innovation,and Research.  All committees meet in person on Friday morning, during the Annual Meeting, and throughout the year by conference call or webinar.

Residents term will run concurrently with their term in residency, unless they contact AAOS to conclude their term earlier.  Medical Students may participate in one Resident Assembly Committee as a Medical Student participant (non-voting) for a one-year term. 

Career Development Committee

Provide information on starting a career in orthopaedics, including:

  • Fellowship opportunities and
  • Employment
  • Develop, refine, and present practice management actions to the executive

2020-2021 Goals

  1. Develop a Resident Content Directory (could be an outline for the Resident Curriculum – Courtney Dunker)
  2. Develop a Resident Timeline (when to apply for fellowship, buy insurance, etc.)
  3. Develop 2 webinars and/or articles

Education Committee

  • Review AAOS created educational resources and provide educational opportunities for
  • Provide a forum for collaborative discussion of educational issues among and between residents and the AAOS.
  • Educate residents about critical education
  • Promote ideas and develop projects that advance orthopaedic
  • Develop, refine, and present education actions to the Resident Assembly Executive Committee

2020-2021 Goals

  1. Continue to utilize the Resident Education/AAOS Product Review Subcommittee to liaison between the resident assembly and thought leaders developing AAOS-driven educational products. The subcommittee will work to test new and current products for improvement, including but not limited to
    1. Resident Curriculum
    2. Orthopedic Video Theater
    3. Fellowship Program Directory as continuation of the Fellowship Standardization Project
  2. Continue to identify Practice Management educational resources/targets that can be developed as webinars, including but not limited to
    1. Social media use for academic and practice purposes
    2. Resident practice management
    3. Steps in an academic career
  3. Assist in the creation and promotion of webinar content to orthopedic residents that prepares them to be better learners and educators, including but not limited to
    1. How to be a good mentor/mentee
    2. How to prepare and give an orthopedic lecture
  4. Make use of the newly created Resident Assembly listserv to complete the Global Health Experience database project
  5. Sustain the Mentor-Mentee Program at the Annual Meeting and expand to include a virtual experience to expand participation.
  6. Share the work of the committee and topics pertaining to orthopedic education with the greater orthopedic surgery community by writing AAOS Now Articles on topics, including but not limited to
    1. Global Health Experience database project
    2. Orthopedic resident education in the Covid-19 environment

Health Policy Committee

  • Address issues affecting the field of orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic residency
  • Develop, refine, and present health policy actions to the executive
  • Collaborate with AAOS to promote resident engagement in political issues locally and
  • Educate residents on the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC) and current political issues impacting orthopaedics.

2020-2021 Goals

  1. Develop 1-2 webinars: fall/winter webinar with a guest keynote speaker and a spring resident-led webinar.
  2. Publish 5-6 articles by HPC Committee members in AAOS Now.
  3. Promote the Health Policy Milestones Program to U.S. Orthopaedic Surgery Residents. Investigate expansion to include all AAOS members.
  4. Encourage advocacy and health policy leadership opportunities for residents through involvement at NOLC.
  5. Increase resident participation in state societies.

Innovation Committee

  • Empower AAOS to engage with residents and fellows in training in pursuit of new technologies and to create educational opportunities.

2020-2021 Goals

  1. Social Media: Continue to work with the academy to advocate for a resident presence in social media. Development of a resident social medial toolkit which will contain information on how to develop a professional and successful social medial presence for self-marketing purposes as a professional.
  2. Communications: Continue to investigate new forms of communication that the resident assembly and subgroups can use for communication, including Slack and Microsoft Teams
  3. Virtual and augmented reality: With the disruption in case volume cased by COVID-19, how can virtual reality help residents supplement their education. We will also explore the role of augmented reality in surgical planning. 
  4. Quality improvement and registry data: Continue to work with the AAOS to make quality and other database information available to residents for research purposes. 

Research Committee

  • Promote research opportunities available to residents, including:
    • Awards,
    • Grants, and
    • Sub-specialty research
  • Promote the value of orthopaedic research among the orthopaedic resident
  • Develop, refine, and present research actions to the executive committee

2020-2021 Goals

  1. To encourage involvement of members within the committee by identifying member interests and engaging them in subcommittee projects
  1. AAOS Now: Have four AAOS Now articles published
  2. Project Review: Formalize and expand the resident reviewer program to an additional journal
    1. CORR Review Program in place with >80 reviews completed
    2. Amazing feedback from both reviewers and journal editors including Dr. Leopold, Editor in Chief
  3. JAAOS Podcasts: Start development of bimonthly podcasts for JAAOS, budget submitted to AAOS as advisory opinion
  4. Survey: develop and distribute one survey for a project to be utilized ultimately in a peer-review publication