The Role of Board of Councilors

The Board of Councilors (BOC) represents the grassroots of the orthopaedic profession. Its 90-plus members are elected by state orthopaedic societies. They also represent Puerto Rico, the U.S. military and Canada.

The BOC serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and a resource to AAOS committees. In addition, the BOC manages AAOS' relations with the state orthopaedic societies. This includes conducting a wide range of programs to strengthen and support the state societies organizationally.

The BOC meets 3 times a year. Major activities at these meetings include:

  • making recommendations regarding resolutions and proposed bylaws changes from the AAOS fellowship;
  • exploring AAOS health policy, education, communication, research, membership and governance issues and formulating specific recommendations to the AAOS Board and other AAOS leadership bodies on these issues;
  • visiting Congressmen, Senators and other federal officials to promote the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and their patients (National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference); and
  • developing AAOS and state society leadership capabilities through skill building exercises and other educational programs.

The BOC's resolutions process, and famous "open microphone" sessions have fostered many important new directions for the AAOS. For example, the BOC was instrumental in bringing about the creation of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (the new AAOS' C6 parallel organization), which has given orthopaedists a powerful tool to tackle health policy and patient care issues. Also, the AAOS' new initiatives to communicate directly with the public via a national public relations program stems from concerns expressed by Councilors in recent years.

The Board of Councilors is your link to the AAOS leadership and AAOS decision-making. For more information, please review other portions of this Web section and feel free to contact your Councilor with your comments and concerns, anytime.

Board of Councilors Strategic Directions

Mission Statement

The Board of Councilors (BOC) is the representative body that deliberates and communicates the views of the AAOS fellowship; advocates positions that support orthopaedists and their patients; promotes effective and efficient communication among the various segments of the orthopaedic community; helps identify and address the continuing medical education needs of orthopaedists; provides leadership training and experiences to current and future leaders of the orthopaedic community; and serves as an advisory body and resource to the Board of Directors.

Vision Statement

The vision of the BOC is to become a more representative forum for all segments of the orthopaedic community, including orthopaedists in private practice, academic positions, non-academic salaried positions and retirement, and representatives of the state orthopaedic societies and musculoskeletal specialty societies.


1.0 Goal

Functions as a deliberative body that advocates the views of the AAOS fellowship.


1.1 Provide a forum for fellows to transmit their concerns and ideas to the AAOS leadership.

1.2 Work with the Board of Directors to identify critical issues that should be addressed by the BOC.

1.3 Solicit, review and make recommendations to the fellowship regarding resolutions and by-laws changes proposed by the fellowship.

1.4 Advise AAOS committees about issues related to medical ethics, including the promotion of ethical standards, identification of emerging ethical concerns and the degree to which proposed and existing AAOS Position and Advisory Statements are consistent with current medical ethics.


2.0 Goal

Work with the AAOS Board of Directors, councils and committees to develop, implement and promote AAOS policies, positions and programs.


2.1 Develop and recommend to the Board of Directors proposed AAOS policy changes.

2.2 Plan, organize and participate in the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference and other activities that help promote AAOS positions on federal health policy issues.

2.3 Develop and provide educational programs and products to help the state orthopaedic societies conduct legislative and other health policy-related activities, and increase their effectiveness in providing member services.

2.4 Help identify and provide input regarding the continuing medical education needs of orthopaedists.

2.5 Monitor and promote the activities of the AAOS Political Action Committee (PAC).

2.6 Participate on AAOS councils and committees through direct Councilor membership on those committees.

2.7 Act as a resource to AAOS councils and committees through BOC participation in their projects and other activities, as needed.


3.0 Goal

Develop efficient and effective vehicles to communicate timely information about the polices, positions and activities of the AAOS and the BOC.


3.1 Provide the fellowship with a wide range of information and opportunities to easily access and express their views to their individual Councilors and the BOC at-large.

3.2 Ensure adequate communication flow among individual Councilors and between individual Councilors and the BOC leadership.

3.3 Facilitate communication among state orthopaedic societies and between state orthopaedic societies and the AAOS leadership.

3.3 Provide the AAOS Board of Directors and committees with information on BOC activities and meetings.

3.4 Report to the BOC and other interested parties on actions taken by the Board of Directors and other leadership bodies regarding BOC resolutions and resolutions from the fellowship.

3.5 Maintain an up-to-date "BOCResource Guide."

Leadership Development

4.0 Goal

Support and educate current and future leaders of the BOC, AAOS councils and committees and other organizations in the orthopaedic community.


4.1 Provide educational products and programs to enhance the organizational and leadership skills of BOC members, and other leaders and staff in the AAOS, state orthopaedic societies and other groups in the orthopaedic community.

4.2 Provide all new Councilors with an orientation program on the BOC and the AAOS.

4.3 Encourage Councilors to participate in AAOS councils and committees, state orthopaedic societies, other health care-related organizations and civic organizations.

4.4 Encourage orthopaedic residents and AAOS fellows to participate in the activities of their state orthopaedic societies and the AAOS.


5.0 Goal

Maintain an organizational structure that is flexible and responsive to issues of concern to the orthopaedic community and effectively represents the fellowship.


5.1 Plan and conduct BOC activities, including committees and task forces, in order to achieve the goals and objectives in the AAOS Strategic Plan and the BOC Strategic Directions document.

5.2 Foster continuity in the BOC leadership by having a close working relationship among the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and the Past Chair.

5.3 Regularly communicate and interact with the state orthopaedic societies to ensure that their needs and concerns are thoroughly understood and addressed by the BOC and/or AAOS councils and committees.

5.4 Create and maintain a rapid response capability so that the BOC can effectively manage issues that must be addressed quickly.

5.5 Maintain a state orthopaedic society-based process to elect Councilors which ensures that the fellowship is proportionately represented on the BOC.

5.6 Maintain fiscal responsibility and accountability.