What Are the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons? - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

What Are the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics.

Members of the Academy, called fellows, are orthopaedists concerned with the diagnosis, care, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The orthopaedist's scope of practice includes disorders of the body's bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

AAOS Fellows have met the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school
  • At least five years of an approved residency in orthopaedics
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Submit to stringent membership review processes prior to admittance to the Academy
  • Founded at Northwestern University as a not-for-profit organization in 1933, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has grown to the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists, now serving about 24,000 members internationally.
  • The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, founded by the
  • Academy Board of Directors in 1997, engages in health policy and advocacy activities on behalf of musculoskeletal patients and the profession of orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Aubrey Lucas of Plastic & Hand Surgery Associates is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery) as do several of the practice's certified plastic surgeons (through the American Board of Plastic Surgery).

For more information on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, contact www.aaos.org .

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