Award Nominations

2020 AOA Award nominations open until December 9, 2019

Each year, AOA members award special recognition to some of their select and renowned peers. Designed to foster leadership within orthopaedics and recognize role models, the AOA presents two awards to recognize an AOA member's personal achievement and contributions to orthopaedics. Awards are presented during the AOA Annual Leadership Meetings.

Please review the criteria and nominate individuals that you believe meet the qualifications for each award.

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Distinguished Clinician Educator Award:
The AOA Distinguished Clinician Educator Award recognizes an AOA member as an exceptional orthopaedic clinician educator. The award emphasizes the critical role that clinician educators play within academic health centers, where state-of-the-art educational programs demand faculty devoted to training medical students, graduate students, residents and other health professionals.  
Review the criteria for the Distinguished Clinician Educator award.  View past Distinguished Clinician Educator Award recipients


Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award:
The AOA Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award recognizes an AOA member's personal achievement and broad contribution to the orthopaedic specialty by confronting issues or challenges in the profession. The award emphasizes leadership, impact on patient care, and clinical or basic science research.
Review the criteria for the Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics award.   View past Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award recipients.

When making a nomination you will need:

1. Your nominee's name and e-mail address
2. Your letter of support (upload)**
3. Your nominee's curriculum vitae (upload or mail in)
**It is highly encouraged that your letter of support outline the awards list of criteria.

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What makes an effective letter of support? 

One that outlines the Awards criteria as it relates to the nominee. A more personal approach and endorsement beyond what CV indicates. For samples, view the redacted letters of support below.

Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award Sample Letter 
Distinguished Clinician Educator Award Sample Letter