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ICYMI: AAOS Joins American Corporate Partners

AAOS is pleased to announce, through the leadership of the Council on Advocacy (COA), a partnership with a national nonprofit organization focused on helping returning veterans find their next careers through one-on-one mentoring, networking, and online career advice. American Corporate Partners (ACP), founded in 2008, engages people in unique volunteer opportunities to provide career guidance to returning military as they transition back into civilian life. More than 20,000 post-9/11 veterans have participated in ACP’s programs.

Orthopaedic surgeons are especially well-positioned to engage with this program, as they serve military personnel and veterans every day, treating some of the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As mentors, participating orthopaedic surgeons will work with their mentee over the course of a year.

“From the Extremity War Injuries event to advocating for defense research funding, AAOS has long been a proud supporter of our military and veteran communities,” stated COA Chair Wilford K. Gibson, MD. “Our partnership with ACP is a natural extension of these efforts and we look forward to providing returning veterans with career guidance and support so they can meet their professional goals and pursue a meaningful career.”

Retired U.S. Army Colonels James D. “Jim” Ficke, MD and John J. McGraw, MD are co-chairing the project and were on hand for a recent ceremony held at the Reserve Officers’ Association headquarters in Washington, DC. AAOS medical director and retired U.S. Navy Captain Will Shaffer, MD was also present for the ceremony. Dr. Ficke is chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Dr. McGraw is Medical Director of OrthoTennessee in Knoxville.

“With the selection of Jim, who chairs a prestigious academic orthopaedic department, together with my involvement in the private practice arena through the AAOS Board of Councilors and the OrthoForum, we are confident that AAOS fellows and their staff from across the spectrum of orthopaedic surgery will rise to the challenge and participate in this program,” stated Dr. McGraw. “The veterans who are returning to the job market deserve our help and support. I’m honored to work with this program through AAOS and the Council on Advocacy, and am excited about the opportunity to mentor fellow veterans as they enter the workforce.”

AAOS is pleased to offer this opportunity for interested members to continue their service to veterans and is looking for members to participate as mentors in this program. For more information on the program or to become a mentor, email Stacie Monroe at monroe@aaos.org.