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AAOE Awards of Excellence

The annual awards program recognizes some of the many outstanding contributions of AAOE members and their practices that are positively affecting the association, as well as the larger community of orthopedics. Submit your nomination today.

 

 

Nominations open now through January 17, 2020!

Click the links below to jump to a specific award category or scroll down to learn more about all of them.

 

Learn more about the 2019 award winners who were announced during the AAOE 2019 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals

Collaborate Champion

AAOE Collaborate is a tool for members to communicate directly with peers, sharing experience and information to make each person and the industry better.

 

This award recognizes an AAOE member who has consistently contributed on Collaborate and been highly visible on the platform, providing valuable information in a positive and knowledgeable manner that benefits other members while supporting the AAOE mission and values.

 

Criteria: 

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors and past winners of this award are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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Volunteer of the Year

AAOE would not be the organization it is today without the efforts of many member volunteers.

 

This award recognizes an AAOE member who has made exceptional contributions in a voluntary capacity to support the organization’s goals.

 

Criteria:

  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors and past winners of this award are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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Practice Professional of the Year

Individuals in many positions and levels within a practice can positively affect the organization, in a matter of months or over the years.

 

This award recognizes an AAOE member who is employed in a full-time position as a staff member (not the lead staff person or executive) of a practice or organization. Whether a rising star or a tenured professional, this person is dedicated to the mission and vision of the practice/organization and has made significant contributions.

 

Criteria:

  • Actively involved in a full-time position as a professional (not the lead staff person or executive) for his or her practice/organization.
  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Staff of a member may nominate member.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors and past winners of this award are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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Practice Executive of the Year

Strong leadership is vital to both the short-term and the long-term success of a practice.

 

This award recognizes the commitment of an AAOE member who, as the lead staff person or executive, has consistently gone above and beyond at his or her practice. The award is granted based on the recipient’s ability to motivate others, stimulate positive activity, and serve as a catalyst for exceptional results.

 

Criteria:

  • Actively involved in a full-time position as the lead staff person or executive for his or her practice/organization.
  • Must be an AAOE member in good standing. 
  • Member may self-nominate.
  • Staff of a member may nominate member.
  • Members of the AAOE Board of Directors and past winners of this award are not eligible.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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Recognizing Excellence & Innovation by a Practice

Practice of the Year Award

Today, more than ever, innovation is a must for survival and long-term success in healthcare. Those who are able to identify opportunities, think creatively, solve problems, and take risks will elevate orthopedic care.

 

This award recognizes a practice/organization of an AAOE member for innovative solutions or improved quality of service that can be replicated to benefit the entire orthopedic community. Innovation or improvement may be in areas including, but not limited to: delivery of care, patient satisfaction, physician/employee satisfaction, or quality service to their community or quality of work life for employees.

 

Examples:

  • Developing an automation process to reduce wait times and staff errors
  • Holding a community service day when all employees help with a project
  • Creating a new business model that improves patient experience while lowering overhead
  • Having an employee recognition program to acknowledge those who excel at service

 

Criteria:

  • A practice/employer of an AAOE member in good standing.
  • Members encouraged to nominate own practice/organization or other practices/organizations.
  • Activity supporting the nomination must have occurred during the time period of January 1 – December 31, 2019.

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