AAOS Resident Assembly Expands Its Agenda

By: Erin Volland, CAE, and Tricia Arnold, MBA

Wednesday and Thursday mark an exciting chapter for the AAOS Resident Assembly (RA), with an expanded agenda of forums and events developed specifically for orthopaedic residents.

“Let’s face it—residents are our organization’s future,” explained Jared L. Harwood, MD, AAOS RA chair. “The Resident Assembly gives us invaluable input, both to ensure we’re addressing the issues most relevant to residents today and to help us cultivate future leaders.”

Orthopaedic residents will have an opportunity to share perspectives and discuss proposed actions to be brought before the RA at an open forum that will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. in room W308A of the Orange County Convention Center.

In its inaugural year, the RA identified several initiatives for future action spanning education, health policy, practice management, research, and technology. Committees representing each of these interests will convene Thursday morning, March 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

“As a delegate, the ability to network with other trainees and exchange information and experiences has been invaluable,” said Mark Schultzel, MD, RA member-at-large. “As surgeons, we all gravitate toward improving the lives of others with our own hands.”

Any orthopaedic resident who is an AAOS member may join the RA or attend the AAOS RA meeting, Thursday, March 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in room W308A. In addition, each orthopaedic training program can nominate a resident to serve as a delegate to the RA.

“The AAOS Resident Assembly has provided me with a scaffold for the development of my leadership skills,” said Michael Rozell, MD, chair of the RA Practice Management Committee. “It’s also an avenue to foster and further develop collaborative efforts between the AAOS and residents nationwide.”

Following the general meeting, RA participants will join other residents as they challenge their knowledge in the inaugural Resident Bowl, to take place on Thursday, March 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in room W224.

“I think the potential benefits of the RA to all residents are endless,” commented Brandon Erickson, MD, chair of the RA Technology Committee. “From the Resident Bowl competition to a standardized reading list broken down by PGY level and specialty, this committee will allow residents to make a huge difference within the Academy.”

In addition to the Annual Meeting events, RA members will be invited to participate in a number of webinars and committee activities throughout the year.          

For more information, visit aaos.org/resident, or email residentassembly@aaos.org

Resident Assembly Activities

  • March 2, 6:30 a.m.—Open forum, room W308A
  • March 3, 6:30 a.m.—Committee meetings, various locations
  • March 3, 1:30 p.m.—General meeting, room W308A
  • March 3, 4:00 p.m.—Resident Bowl, room W224