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Published 11/1/2019

AAOS Resident Assembly Unveils Health Policy Milestone

The Health Policy Committee of the AAOS Resident Assembly and the AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) recently unveiled the Health Policy Milestones—an online educational program accessible via the learn.aaos.org platform. It provides an in-depth look at health policy and the importance of involvement in advocacy during residency and throughout a member’s career, especially as the impact of these changes on orthopaedic surgery continues to grow.

Preparing for and being involved in these discussions are essential in advocating for patients and the field. The Health Policy Milestones platform is designed to increase this basic knowledge and existing efforts to promote positive change for the future of orthopaedics. Specific learning objectives include:

  1. developing a fundamental understanding of the legislative process
  2. identifying key stakeholders in the healthcare advocacy arena
  3. understanding how policy and regulations directly affect orthopaedic surgeons and their patients
  4. appreciating the impact of advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels
  5. learning how to be a physician advocate

“In recent years, the government has taken an increasing role in healthcare regulation and reform. Now more than ever, physicians must appreciate the impact of advocacy on shaping policies and facilitating change,” said Molly Day, MD, chair of the Resident Assembly Health Policy Committee. “As residents, we are the future of orthopaedics. Therefore, we must have a voice in the discussions on healthcare policy so that we may best advocate for our patients and our profession.”

The program consists of three self-directed online learning modules of narrated video presentations, web links, and journal articles. It is free for residents. Completion of each module is recorded within the AAOS online learning platform after a pre- and post-test.

Residents who complete the Health Policy Milestones will receive recognition as Resident Advocacy Ambassadors. The designation will permit access to exclusive advocacy opportunities through the AAOS OGR and the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee. Resident Advocacy Ambassadors also will be invited to attend the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference with their state delegations as guests (travel expenses and conference registration not included).

The milestones were developed in accordance with the Resident Assembly Action Item No. 5 from the Second Resident Assembly General Assembly in Orlando, Fla., on March 3, 2016, and approved by the AAOS Council on Education.

“After three years in the making, it is exciting to be a part of the unveiling of the AAOS Health Policy Milestones program. What started as an idea has now become a comprehensive educational platform for residents to learn about health policy and advocacy,” said Dr. Day. “Our hope is that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about issues affecting musculoskeletal care and understand how we all can become advocates now and throughout our careers.”

To access the Health Policy Milestones online program, please log in (user name and password required; access restricted to only residents and residency program directors).

For questions about this program, please email AAOS Customer Service at customerservice@aaos.org.