North American Hand Education Committee

AONA Orthopaedic Hand Faculty Application

The highest quality musculoskeletal and neurosurgical care in North America.

Mission Statement

AO North America is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our member specialties through education, mentorship and research focused on the best outcomes for patients.

The AOTrauma North America Hand Education Committee will serve to oversee the upper extremity educational activities of AO North America as it pertains to hand, wrist and other upper extremity areas that are not otherwise addressed in other Committees. There will be a specific emphasis on the 7 principles of learning, documenting, the effectiveness of the educational activities, course planning and instructor development.

Types of CME Offerings
CME offerings will include national, regional courses and seminars targeted to surgeons and residents specializing in the management of upper extremity (hand, wrist) injuries. These educational offerings will incorporate lecture presentations by faculty, surgical video instruction, small group instruction, discussions and webinar/digital education. Case-based learning will be emphasized. This will include case presentations, pre-operative planning assessments and techniques and hands-on laboratory sessions. This will enable the participants to experience practicing surgical techniques and applications utilizing simulated anatomically correct bone models and applicable instruments and implants.

Committee Structure
The Education Committee will consist of seven (7) members (Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair), (these positions are to be held by one of the existing Committee members). Members are representatives of the AO Hand Faculty. The Committee meets within the governance terms. The Chair term is two years and Immediate Past Chair will be one year. The term for Chair-Elect will be one year. Member term limit is four years. New members will be appointed by the Committee as terms are completed. The AO North America Director of Physician Education and the Education Development Manager and the ECVSC member of the EAB (Education Advisory Board) will serve as ex officio members.

A member must remain off the Committee for a minimum of three years before being eligible for reappointment. The Committee will endeavor to balance the appointments by career stage, subspecialty interest and geographic region. Committee members are chosen from the membership of AO North America Hand Faculty, based on demonstration of active interest in education.
Committee Function
The Hand Committee will meet a minimum of once per year and one conference call per year (to be determined by Committee). These meetings will be full Committee meetings at a time and place to be determined by the Committee. If necessary, other meetings may be conducted via conference call. The Committee Chair will be a member of the EAB which reports to the Executive Committee of AO North America.

A part of each meeting agenda will be devoted, but not limited, to:
  1. Evaluation of recent courses
  2. Discussion of new approaches
  3. Implementation of required program changes
  4. Standardization of course content
  5. Evaluating educator effectiveness
  6. Requests for courses
  7. Future Course Chairmen and locations
  8. Consideration of new Faculty applications
  9. Other business as required
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