About Academic Orthopaedic Society

Organized in 1971, the Association of Orthopaedic Chairmen held its first meeting on November 19, 1971. Founders established the association because they sensed a need for a unified voice that could speak to medical school deans about problems confronting academic departments or divisions of orthopaedic surgery.

During the first meeting, the group passed a constitution and bylaws, which included the purpose for which the organization was founded. These were 1) to provide a forum for discussion of problems related to undergraduate and graduate education in orthopaedic surgery and in medical schools, 2) to provide a mechanism of coordination and planning of activities requiring cooperation between departments of orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic residencies, and 3) to serve as an active liaison unit between the specialty of orthopaedic surgery and those organizations interested in medical education.

Begun with 56 members, the association increased to 183 members in 1989 and 398 by 1991. Shortly thereafter AOS expanded its membership to include fellowship directors and orthopaedic faculty. Membership now totals 623.

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