Exciting things are happening in Washington, D.C., and the nation for orthopaedists in every community. Many of these initiatives are the direct result of orthopaedists getting involved and making their voices heard. There is no better time than now to become involved in shaping the political landscape for the betterment of our patients. We invite you to join us in this effort.
Follow us on Twitter! The AAOS Advocacy Twitter account regularly tweets on issues of importance to the orthopaedic community. AAOS encourages grassroots advocates to become followers and to “retweet” messages to help us spread the word.
Advocacy Now is a publication produced by the AAOS Office of Government Relations to keep you on top of important issues. Check out the bi-weekly email newsletter to learn more about how AAOS is shaping the future of musculoskeletal care.
AAOS has a Congressional Ambassador program for fellows who are willing to be a part of the orthopaedic community’s efforts to educate government officials and their staff about legislative and regulatory health policy issues. An Ambassador may help provide access to legislators and serve as a respected and knowledgeable voice on orthopaedic issues and those affecting the larger musculoskeltal community.
AAOS members who are interested in joining the Ambassador program should email Jordan Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program will provide additional resources and benefits in helping to develop or maintain relationships with legislators.
Grassroots advocacy can be one of the most influential tools that organizations and associations have. Through mass emails, letter writing campaigns, and phone calls, grassroots advocates can bring issues to the attention of legislators.
Occasionally, AAOS staff will reach out to grassroots advocates with an Action Alert requesting that they send a letter on a specific issue to a member of Congress using our new Advocacy Action Center. Even though we provide a template, it is still important to add personalized touches that include personal or patient experiences.
Resident participation in advocacy is critically important, especially as the impact of health care policy on the future of orthopaedic surgery continues to grow. Learn more about AAOS Advocacy opportunities that are exclusive to our residents.
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Attend the Annual Meeting where you can participate in Symposia, Instructional Course Lectures, Presidential addresses and much more. This allows one to get a flavor of all of the different facets of the Academy
- Volunteer as an Academy liaison by serving on an AAOS Council/Cabinet or Committee
- Read the current issue of AAOS Now
- Learn more about all our federal advocacy issues
- Submit your own story of advocacy to email@example.com.