Research Advocacy

The Orthopaedic community works to raise awareness of the chronic, debilitating, and costly musculoskeletal diseases and disorders afflicting our nation and to request continued support for musculoskeletal research. It is imperative that the orthopaedic community educate members of Congress about the need for increased musculoskeletal research funding in order to improve the quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Research Capitol Hill Days: The AAOS sponsors an annual event in which physicians, researchers, and patients travel to Washington, DC, to visit their representatives, share personal stories, and discuss the need for increased federal funding of musculoskeletal research.

Extremity War Injuries: The AAOS has partnered with the Society for Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) since 2006 in an annual symposium series, Extremity War Injuries (EWI) , which has served to define current knowledge and identify future research directions regarding management of extremity trauma. The efforts of the EWI symposia have contributed to Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP), which was established by Congress in fiscal year 2009 to support military-relevant, peer-reviewed orthopaedic research.