About AOC Connect

Residents, Fellows & New Faculty

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Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Administrative Leaders

AOC Connect positions residents, fellows and new faculty to be more informed, better prepared, and ultimately to become more effective in their roles.

Benefits of Your FREE AOC Connect Membership

Navigating Job Search, Employment Contracts, Negotiation

  • Legal Do’s & Don’ts of Employment Contracts
  • Private Practice versus Academics versus Privademics
  • Balancing Research and Clinical Productivity
  • Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible?

Easy as 1-2-3…Identify and Apply for the Best Ortho Jobs!

JobsInOrtho is the #1 way that Residents, Fellows, and Faculty identify and apply for jobs.  JIO is the largest Orthopaedic job board in the U.S. and posts 700+ jobs across 285+ orthopaedic employers aggregating only the BEST private & academic orthopaedic jobs.  JIO is endorsed by AOC Connect, American Alliance of Orthopedic Executives (700 Private Orthopaedic Practices), and the Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery.

It’s never too early to get your name and credentials out there and build your network, so why not take a moment and do it now? Establish your free job seeker profile today!

Preparing for the Business of Orthopaedics

These AOC Best Practice presentations will help you to hit the ground running to prepare for the business of orthopaedics…as delivered by the most respected academic leaders in the country. Enjoy!

  • Preparing your Residents for the Business of Orthopaedic Practice
  • Understanding, Managing, and Optimizing the Key Performance Indicators that Drive a Successful Orthopaedic Practice
  • What to Expect in Your 1st Year of Ortho Practice
  • Value Based Reimbursement and Cost Containment Strategies
  • Coding Errors That Cost You Money
  • The Journey from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Payments
  • CJR Bundled Care and Value Based Care
  • AOC CJR-EOC Presentation
  • 2015 Duke: ICD-10
  • Making Sense of Shifts to Value-Based Payments and Bundling
  • Predictive Patient Targeting
  • Practice Transformation: Leveraging IT to Improve Clinical Operations for our Patients and our Team
  • 2022 AOC Conference: Managing the Growth of the Clinical Enterprise
  • Medicom Health Assessments
  • Meet the NATA: Health Care for Life and Sport
  • Optimizing Marketing ROI To Drive Clinical Enterprise Growth
  • Perioperative Workflow Efficiency Models
  • Provider Optimization
  • Duke Ortho Action Plan to Improve PRO Collection
  • 2 AOC Department Approaches…Logistical Management of Ramping Back Up for Return to Business
  • Managing Clinic Operations During COVID… For a Different Kind of Masked Superhero
  • 5 Tactics to Save Ortho Surgeons 60 Minutes per Clinic Day
  • How We Became a Walmart Center Of Excellence
  • Musculoskeletal Institute Models across the AOC
  • Sg2 Orthopedics: The Next 5 Years
  • Community Affiliations – UNC
  • Duke Ortho Bones Implementation
  • How We Became a Walmart Center Of Excellence
  • Managing Wait Times
  • Musculoskeletal Institute Models across the AOC
  • Sg2 Orthopedics: The Next 5 Years
  • 5 Tactics to Save Ortho Surgeons 60 Minutes per Clinic Day
  • Access and Rapid Cycle Business Development
  • Getting Your Health System to Invest in your Clinical Enterprise Vision
  • MSKR Business and Clinical Trends
  • How to Know When It’s Time to Grow Your Clinical Enterprise
  • Improving Perioperative Efficiency
  • MSK Service Line
  • Best Practice or Efficiency Pilot
  • Improving Clinic Experience and Quality of Life for MDs on Epic
  • Musculoskeletal Service Line Strategy at Penn
  • 2015 Northwestern: Patient Education Material
  • 2015 Duke University: US News & World Reports
  • 2015 University of Utah: Telehealth
  • 2015 University of Wisconsin: Patient Reported Outcomes
  • EOA 2013 Increasing Practice Productivity
  • Improving the Patient Clinic Experience
  • Marketing Your Department
  • DME Best Practices Fireside Chat
  • Using Data to Drive your Success
  • 2022 December DME Webinar
  • Implementing a Cash Pay Cold Therapy DME Program
  • Use of Cold Compression Therapy in My Practice
  • BREG Introduction
  • Maintaining Success: DMEPOS Industry Update and Panel Discussion
  • Duke Orthopaedics DME Program
  • Implementing a DMEPOS Service Line
  • Funding Academic Mission with Imaging and Xray Ancillary
  • 2015 Washington University: DME
  • 2015 Breg
  • 2015 Northwestern: EOS
  • O&P/DME Models
  • Managing the Educational Mission Part 1
  • Managing the Educational Mission Part 2
  • Managing the Educational Mission Part 3
  • Epic Ortho Steering Board Who We Are, Where We’ve Been, & Where We Are Going??!!
  • Epic Users Forum
  • Discussion APP Comp, Staff Models, Imaging
  • Navigating Academic Orthopaedic Department Funds Flow
  • The Evolution of Funds Flow
  • An Approach to Academic Compensation Plan Development
  • Negotiating Funds Flow
  • Formuliac Compensation Models for Midlevels
  • 2015 University of Arkansas: Faculty Compensation
  • 2015 Duke University: Formulaic Compensation Plan
  • 2015 Medical Center of South Carolina: Margin Improvements
  • Final Academic Orthopaedic Consortium 2013
  • 2012 Academic Orthopaedic Consortium Benchmark
  • Academic Orthopaedic Consortium 2011
  • Cognitive FitnessAutonomic Down Regulation
  • Culture- What Is It–Why Does Leadership Matter
  • Division Chief and Vice Chair Roles: Why, How, How Long?
  • Leadership and the Power of Team
  • Leadership During Stressful Times
  • Our Path Forward
  • Things To Consider When Your Department Feels Like Game of Thrones
  • Transforming Culture Developing an Orthopaedic Department for the Future
  • Actual Detailed Job Description for Division Chief
  • How to Create a culture of Quality, Collaboration, Innovation, Pride, Leadership, and Connectedness
  • Using Strategic Planning to Drive Performance
  • AOC Women’s Leadership Forum
  • AOC Leadership and Change
  • 2020 Business & Leadership Symposium for Surgeons
  • On Leadership and Learning
  • Driving to the Goal – If You Want it, Go Get it
  • The 5 Most Important Deliverables in Your Job as Chair
  • Conflict of Interest and Implicit Bias: How It Impacts Patient Care, Research and Teaching
  • Division Chief Job Description and Responsibilities
  • Lessons Learned and Not Forgotten
  • Walking the Tightrope – Thoughts on Aligning Surgeons and Administration
  • Understanding Physician Well-Being: The Burnout Epidemic
  • Understanding Physician Well-Being and Ways We Can Improve This
  • Essential Components of the Chair Package in 2018
  • Diversity in Your Department
  • Leadership Thinking
  • The 5 Most Important Lessons I Have Learned as a Leader
  • Surviving & Thriving a Change in Chairs
  • Orthopaedic Search Recruitment Process
  • AOC’s Mission To Mitigate the Opioid Crisis
  • Opioids in Orthopaedic Surgery (2019)
  • Opioids in Orthopaedic Surgery (2018)
  • How to Optimize Division Chief Performance
  • Key Practices for Interviewing and Selecting the Right Leaders 2021
  • Key Practices for Interviewing and Selecting the Right Leaders 2020
  • Optimizing the Athletic Trainer: Best Practices and New Developments
  • Optimizing Staffing for Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care
  • Data Driven Performance Evaluations
  • Improving Your Own Productivity
  • The CAO Role and Managing Accountability among Your Team
  • Happiness
  • 2014 AOC Surgeon Staffing Presentation
  • Grant-Writing 101: The Unwritten Rules That Get Your Grant Funded (or Rejected)
  • Best Practice Approaches for Establishing and Growing Your Research Infrastructure – Farshid Guilak
  • Best Practice Approaches for Establishing and Growing Your Research Infrastructure – Susan Bukata
  • Funding a research lab: “What happened to all my money?”
  • I Was Trained How To Do Everything but Run a Lab!
  • Research Enterprise Overview
  • Building a Culture of Research: Recommended Practices
  • Nature vs Nurture: The Critical Role of the Environment in Orthopaedic Research
  • Approach To Recruiting Research Faculty
  • Legal Do’s & Don’ts of Employment Contracts
  • Private Practice versus Academics versus Privademics
  • Balancing Research and Clinical Productivity
  • Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible?
  • Preparing your Residents for the Business of Orthopaedic Practice
  • Understanding, Managing, and Optimizing the Key Performance Indicators that Drive a Successful Orthopaedic Practice
  • What to Expect in Your 1st Year of Ortho Practice
  • The Digital Transformation of MSK
  • Digital Health Platforms Committee
  • Using Predictive Analytics to Optimize your Clinical Enterprise
  • AI? Oh My! The Promise of New Technologies and Their Potential Impact to Patient Care
  • SocialClimb: Marketing Automation Enables Any Practice to Compete and Win
  • Automated Patient Acquisition
  • How AI and Digital Health is Impacting the Way We Think About the Care We Deliver
  • Improving Your Faculty and Departmental Reputation Scores in the Digital World
  • SocialClimb – Automated Patient Acquisition
  • Dr. Pilson Interview
  • Conflict Resolution with Tamara Furman
  • Five Questions with Mary O’Connor, MD
  • Kellie Leitch, MD – Interim Chair at Mississippi:  “It Starts With One”
  • Building Teams with Cecelia Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Vanderbilt University

Business & Leadership Symposium Presentations

  • The Athletic Training Workforce and Academic Orthopedic Programs
  • The Business of Orthopaedic Research
  • Clinic Operations Transformation
  • Epic Users Group Forum Annual Symposium 2023
  • Executive Leadership Roundup across MedTech and Beyond
  • The Evolution of (to) the ASC
  • Faculty Morale Job Satisfaction
  • Funds Flow and Compensation Plans
  • Funds Flow in Academic Orthopedic Surgery
  • The Healthcare Marketing Platform
  • It’s All About Funds Flow
  • OREF: Your Organization
  • Orthopaedic Funds Flow and Sustainability
  • Orthopedics Measurement
  • Orthopaedic Research Society – AOC Connect
  • PANEL: DME Strategies to Improve Patient Care & Solidify Margin
  • Terminology Matters Moral Injury Not Burnout?
  • Three Most Important Businesss Decisions I Made as a Chair and One Decision I Wish I Hadn’t Made
  • University of Rochester Musculoskeletal Service Line Development
  • Update on AOC to Help Mitigate Opioid Footprint
  • Words of Wisdom?
  • 2022 AOC Conference: Managing the Growth of the Clinical Enterprise
  • A Vital, Inclusive Health Ecosystem
  • AOC’s Mission To Mitigate the Opioid Crisis
  • Best Practice Approaches for Establishing and Growing Your Research Infrastructure – Farshid Guilak
  • Best Practice Approaches for Establishing and Growing Your Research Infrastructure – Susan Bukata
  • Cognitive FitnessAutonomic Down Regulation
  • Culture- What Is It–Why Does Leadership Matter
  • Digital Health Platforms Committee
  • Discussion APP Comp, Staff Models, Imaging
  • Division Chief and Vice Chair Roles: Why, How, How Long?
  • Epic Ortho Steering Board Who We Are, Where We’ve Been, & Where We Are Going??!!
  • Epic Users Forum
  • Executive Leadership Roundup: The Evolving Musculoskeletal Landscape
  • Implementing a Cash Pay Cold Therapy DME Program
  • Leadership and the Power of Team
  • Leadership During Stressful Times
  • Medicom Health Assessments
  • Meet the NATA: Health Care for Life and Sport
  • Optimizing Marketing ROI To Drive Clinical Enterprise Growth
  • Our Path Forward
  • Perioperative Workflow Efficiency Models
  • Provider Optimization
  • Things To Consider When Your Department Feels Like Game of Thrones
  • Transforming Culture Developing an Orthopaedic Department for the Future
  • Use of Cold Compression Therapy in My Practice

AOC and AAOE’s Business of Orthopaedics and Job Search Curriculum

The AOC partnered with the AAOE to create additional curriculum to help residents, fellows, and new faculty to prepare for “what’s next” in their career journey specific to the business of orthopaedics. These presentations are delivered by the country’s leading experts in both academic and private practice environments. The AAOE is the largest organization in the US that is comprised entirely of private orthopaedic practice administrators.

  • Module 1: Practice Governance and Structure
  • Module 2: Revenue Cycle Management
  • Module 3: Financial Management and Benchmarking
  • Module 4: Quality and Patient Experience
  • Module 5: Compliance and Risk Management
  • Module 6: Marketing Your Practice
  • Module 7: Leadership Development and Human Resources

Login to access Residency Program Curriculum by Module as your prepare to navigate job searches in the business of orthopaedics.

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What Our Members Are Saying

When COVID hit, Mike proactively engaged hundreds of residents across the country in conversation to ask how he could help us and to better understand our needs…and he then went to private and academic practice leadership to replicate this needs assessment and created an incredible platform with content to make us stronger candidates who are better prepared for practice while also helping to satisfy our ACGME requirements. JobsInOrtho brings tremendous visibility to all job opportunities while increasing efficiency and reducing anxiety and costs for everyone.”

-Jason Lipof, MD, Clinical Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Rochester

Navigating the job search process for the first time can be daunting. The AOC has created incredibly valuable content that goes into the details of contracts and negotiations. This is knowledge I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. Residents need to be aware of this resource!”

Daniel London, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System

Michael, thank you so much for all of your excellent leadership and contribution to the field of orthopaedics. I am the Program Director for the Residency at LSU in Shreveport. I wrote the article on Surgical Selection in JAAOS with our Chair, Dr. Shane Barton, and attended the recent lecture with you and him. I just gave my residents the lecture on different contracts and practice models based on the PPT you gave us months ago. The feedback was extremely positive. My residents want more! I think AOC could really pioneer this business/ leadership aspect for all residents from day one with a solid curriculum and I love the list of topics you have!”

-Patrick Massey M.D., Program Director, Director of Clinical Research, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, LSU Health Shreveport, Director of Pediatric Sports Medicine, Shriner’s Hospital for Children Shreveport

Five Things to Know About AOC Connect

AOC Connect — learn about who we are.

AOC Connect is the largest, fastest growing, and top-rated orthopaedic organization in the U.S.

Engage with 5,000+ members spanning 160 universities and 40 health systems and private practices. Access our all-new digital social platform to foster closer professional connections, peer-to-peer networking, group discussions, and special interest groups, and to enable collaborative problem solving and sharing of best practices, 24/7.

JOBS: AOC Connect powers JobsInOrtho, the #1 orthopaedics career platform in the U.S.

JobsInOrtho became the largest job board for orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. only 14 days after launch, filling a real need for blue-chip employers. More than 200 employers are currently posting jobs and 1,500+ job applications were submitted by surgeons in the first 6 months of launch. JobsInOrtho is the #1 way orthopaedic residents and fellows identify and apply for jobs.

AOC Connect — JobsInOrtho is part of who we are.
AOC Connect — helping residents and fellows is part of who we are.

AOC Connect has been called the “Career Sherpa” for orthopaedic residents, fellows, and new faculty.

As AOC Connect members, residents and fellows can create free JobsInOrtho job seeker profiles and access our expert presentations on how to job-hunt successfully AND negotiate the compensation they deserve. More than 400 orthopaedic residents and fellows helped us to identify and prioritize our content specific to preparing for the business of orthopaedics and how to navigate job search, negotiation, and employment contracts. Our on-demand modules are rated 4.5/5.0 by residents and fellows.

AOC Connect has been optimizing orthopaedic leaders and their teams for two decades.

We aim to optimize our members!  It’s true: 97% of academic orthopaedic administrators name AOC Connect as “the #1 most valuable organization to their role.” 98% of our orthopaedic surgeon leaders rate our programs as either an “A” or an “A-“ And orthopaedic residents and fellows rate our digital on-demand curriculum 4.5/5.0 to help them prepare for the business of orthopaedics and how to navigate job search, employment contracts, and negotiation.

AOC Connect — optimizing orthopaedic teams is part of who we are. who we are.
AOC Connect — academic orthopaedic compensation benchmark reports is part of who we are.

AOC Connect provides the country’s only academic orthopaedic compensation and clinical productivity reports and open access to 100+ best practices reports.

AOC Connect Members can access FREE compensation benchmarking reports and leadership presentations of proven strategies for successfully optimizing musculoskeletal enterprises and the individuals entrusted with leading them.

Ready to become an AOC Connect member? Sign up for free today!