Your Academy: Opportunities and Challenges

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As an organization, where has the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) been, and where do we need to go? Where we have been is clear. The AAOS is the premiere provider of orthopaedic education worldwide.
When I started coming to this meeting 30 years ago, it was all about education—providing unbiased, peer-reviewed material to fulfill the Academy’s mission of lifelong learning and to enhance patient care. The AAOS is committed to continue being the premiere provider of orthopaedic learning, in a format that provides instant access.
As First Vice President David A. Halsey, MD, told you, you will soon have access to an increasing amount of the educational material housed at the Academy. I need to acknowledge AAOS staff Ellen Moore and Bill Bruce, as well as Evan Flatow, MD, Chair of the Council on Education. Over the past 2 years, they have completely reorganized our educational platform, and I think you will like the final product.
Where the Academy is going is less certain. To say these are disruptive times in health care would be an understatement. It is also safe to say that this was the most unusual United States presidential election in our lifetime and maybe of all time.
In times of uncertainty, it is helpful to use our mission and core values of excellence, professionalism, leadership, collegiality, and lifelong learning as guideposts moving forward. Our board is committed to these values, as we know you are.
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