North American Musculoskeletal Trauma Education Committee
The AOTRAUMA North America Education Committee will serve to oversee the musculoskeletal injury/fracture fixation educational activities of AO North America with special emphasis on the 7 Principles of learning by designing interactive educational events that are relevant to and based on the needs of the participants and documenting the effectiveness of the educational activities by ensuring verifiable outcomes. Development of faculty and chairpersons skills and understanding of educational principles will also be significant priority.
TYPES OF CME OFFERINGS:
CME offerings will include annual courses, symposia and workshops targeted to surgeons and residents specializing in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Also included will be Residents Courses held three times per year. These educational offerings will incorporate lecture presentations by Faculty, surgical video instruction, small group instruction and discussions that include case presentations, pre-operative planning assessments and techniques and hands-on laboratory sessions to experience practicing surgical techniques and applications utilizing simulated anatomically correct bone models and applicable instruments and implants.
The Committee will consist of up to nine members: the Immediate Past Chair, the Chair, the Chair-Elect, and six members. To stay in compliance with the new governance structure, member term limits are three years with an expected automatic three year renewal (provided member wants to remain and is in good standing). The total term years remain at six years. Terms of the Chair will be three years. Terms for the Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair will be one year. All terms are based on a calendar year. New members will be appointed by the Committee as terms are completed. All surgeon members of the Committee have a vote.
All past chairs desiring to continue participation on a non-voting basis may remain on the Committee in an Emeritus status. The Chair of the AO Alumni Association may participate on the Committee as a non-voting basis. Inclusion of Consultants will be at the discretion of the Committee. Members of AO North America serving as ex-officio members are the Director of Physician Education and Education Development Manager.
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 based on demonstration of active interest in education.
The Committee will meet a minimum of three times per year (spring, summer, and fall). The spring and fall meetings will be full Committee meetings at a time and place to be determined by the Chair. The summer meeting may be conducted via conference call. The Committee Chair will be a member of the CME Advisory Board which reports to the Executive Committee of AO North America.
A part of each meeting agenda will be devoted, but not limited, to:
- Evaluation of recent courses
- Discussion of new approaches
- Implementation of required program changes
- Standardization of course content
- Evaluating educator effectiveness
- Requests for courses
- Future Course Chairmen and locations
- Consideration of new Faculty applications
- Other business as required