We Heard You

Photos of four orthopaedic surgeons

In our ongoing effort to improve member resources and services, AAOS leadership invited members to “Be Heard” in 2021. Nearly one-in-five (6,400 total) members weighed in to share their time and opinions. Thank you! 

We share below the high-level results of the 2021 survey, as well as key member insights that will drive improvements to AAOS resources and services to help you deliver the highest quality musculoskeletal care to your patients. 

The 2021 “Be Heard” campaign addressed member satisfaction and ignited unprecedented responses to better understand the critical needs of current and future members.


Education | Annual Meeting

“My membership as a Resident Member has allowed access to AAOS educational resources including JAAOS and the OVT, helped me network with peers across the country, and given me the opportunity to connect with mentors in the Academy.”

“AAOS has always been there for us. I have been a member since 1990. Never have I felt the AAOS wasn’t doing all it could to advocate for me in terms of education, legislation, and research."

Educational resources, the AAOS Annual Meeting, JAAOS, and the ability to earn CME are often noted as what members value most about their membership.

“Good updates on things happening in the orthopaedic world. An unbiased opinion always helps when it comes from the Academy.”

When asked "what should the AAOS focus on in the future?" members frequently responded that they would like the AAOS to place greater emphasis on advocacy and education, and provide more support for surgeons and their practices.

“Practice management is a topic that we really don't know anything about when we leave training but will have a huge impact on job selection and career satisfaction."

We heard you.

Members told us they valued Education, Practice Management and Advocacy resources from their membership. Browse below to learn about exciting new developments in these areas to better understand how AAOS plans to meet you where you need us. Have something else to share? Be sure to take the 2022 MVAS survey today!

Education Themes: more ways to access, faster development of offerings, easier access & more events with industry

You told us you wanted…


AAOS Action Plan

  • Developing a full curriculum for residency education which is live and can be found at rock.aaos.org.
  • Introduced the new OrthoDome at Annual Meeting
  • Developing more online CME and in-person courses to bring them back to what they wanted at the top - ie JAAOS, CME, Annual Meeting
  • Creating new podcasts through JAAOS and the AAOS Bone Beat for career and practice management needs
  • Commissioning a task force to develop an in-depth assessment of the current state of augmented and virtual-reality technology and to consider how such technology can be adopted in training and in orthopaedic practice.
  • Launched the new AAOS Membership mobile app designed to get members to the things they want and need faster and easier


  • The Education Team’s next focus is on enhancing the discoverability, visibility and searchability of all AAOS educational content


  • We are working to bring more industry representation to our Annual Meeting, webinars, and courses to highlight their innovations.

Practice Management Themes: training, support, idea exchange & building awareness of resources

You told us you wanted…



  • Coding Community – In development


  • OVT Video Campaign for Practice Management Channel​
  • Continuous promotion, as appropriate, on aaos.org home page, membership newsletter, website ads

Advocacy Themes: increase visibility, transparency, opportunities for member input & engagement

You told us you wanted…


AAOS Action Plan

  • Working with Board of Councilors and Board of Specialty Societies to identify more opportunities for input​
  • Creating an advocacy ambassador program of volunteers who can effectively communicate our agenda with peers​
  • Finding opportunities to survey full membership through existing channels​
  • Re-examining communications channels to ensure advocacy wins and other news are communicated in a timely manner


  • Communicate opportunities to engage with the advocacy center and for PAC members, attending PAC events


  • Planning to publish a calendar on the website that shows which regional, state and local meetings OGR staff plan to attend, as well as a streamlined form to request our presence​

As of October 19, 2022.