Today the AOC is the #1 rated organization in academic orthopaedics and there are over 100 different universities/academic orthopaedic programs participating.

Our top rated meetings resonate with attendees and the ratings below are from those leaders who have attended AOC annual meetings over the years.

“Michael, I enjoyed participating in your exceptional meeting-truly unique in the quality of presentations and discussion. You do a remarkable job contributing selflessly to the field of Orthopedics.”

Richard Gelberman, MD

Fred C. Reynolds Professor & Former Chair Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Washington University

“The AOC under the leadership of its Founder, Mike Gagnon, provides an invaluable forum for the exchange of ideas and information that will benefit each and every person who attends (and the departments they represent). It should be mandatory for leaders of academic departments of orthopedic surgery.”

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chair Department of Orthopedic Surgery
NYU School of Medicine
NYU Langone Health
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

“You are to be congratulated on organizing such a terrific meeting, which I was honored to be a part of. Your leadership is inspiring and the impact that you make on the world of Orthopaedics is really significant.

Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh

Professor of Medicine
Former EVP of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System & Dean of the School of Medicine

“The UF Faculty that attended were extremely enthusiastic about the future of the organization, the sharing of information among programs this weekend, and what is possible in the future for AOC participant institutions. This was very beneficial for our emerging leaders from UF.”

Andrew Duncan, MBA, MS, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Chief Administrative Officer
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
University of Florida
UF Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute

“I just wanted to take a second to tell you how much I enjoyed my time on Friday and Saturday.  The topics and organization of the weekend were first rate.  Beyond that, having access to the quality of leaders that were present, is truly special for ascending leaders like me.  It says a lot about you, and your program, that you attract the caliber of attendees that you did.  I greatly look forward to the next AOC event.”  

Jack Shilling, MD
Director, Joint Replacement and Reconstruction Program
Cooper University Healthcare

“The Philadelphia AOC meeting was outstanding and very important topics germane to the academic mission was discussed.  I think all attendees got a great deal of useful and actionable information to take back home.” 

James D. Kang, MD
Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“Thanks for organizing and chairing a very unique meeting for me.   It’s rare I get to sit with so many chairs of academic ortho programs. Nevertheless many of their issues, concerns, and problems affect us all. As chief of ortho at one of the Sinai hospitals the entire meeting was of interest to me.”

Edward Yang, M.D.
Chief of Orthopedics Mount Sinai Queens Hospital
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“Congratulations on a fabulous meeting.  You run a very professional, impressive, and collaborative event.  One of the things that impressed me so much is the culture that you have built, where everyone truly shares their best practices, including little insights and pearls, in such a collegial manner.  It was a pleasure to participate and learn from such a great group!”

Lou Soslowsky, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Bioengineering, Vice Chair for Research
University of Pennsylvania

“I really enjoyed the meeting and it is striking how well organized it was, but more importantly, how you had managed to establish such a collaborative and collegial environment as a microcosm in a field that is sometimes very competitive.  It was great to see everyone sharing important and personal insights on so many critical topics.”  

Farshid Guilak, PhD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Research Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis

“The AOC Business and Leadership Symposium provided me critical, practical information that will undoubtedly benefit our Department and our Musculoskeletal Service Line.  Lessons learned from leaders willing to openly share their knowledge and experience will positively impact financial performance as well as faculty wellbeing.  This meeting is a must for those charged with leadership of orthopedic groups within complex academic environments.”

Thomas Hunt, MD
Wilhelmina Barnhart Endowed Chair & Professor
Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

“I truly enjoyed the meeting and found it extremely valuable.   You can count on me being a regular participant.”

Mark Vrahas, MD, MHCDS
Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in honor of Myles Cohen, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

“The AOC meeting is the most valuable 2 days of the year. The agenda is always power-packed and well-balanced—a perfect combination of information and inspiration. I learn so much during open discussions with our colleagues on all the topics that challenge us in academics today—clinical, operational, strategic, educational, and leadership.”

Monte Hunter, MD
Professor and Chair
Milton B Satcher Distinguished Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Georgia
Director Augusta University Jaguar Sports Medicine

“This should be part of a mandatory curriculum for every person in the top 5 leadership positions in every Academic Orthopedic Department or PM&R Academic Department in the nation. The vision of the most accomplished and visionary leaders in Academic Orthopedic practices was remarkable. It is really a privilege to learn from the best of the best. Outstanding meeting!”

Academic Orthopaedic Chair

What Our Attendees are Saying:

“I find this conference to be extremely valuable. I am amazed by the intelligence and talent that I am surrounded by more so than at the AAOE meetings. This is far more intimate and focused on the challenges of academic medicine. Wonderful job Mike”

“This is an amazing group of professionals that are extremely encouraging to new members to Ortho. I find the networking an incredible opportunity and very helpful.”

“It was without a doubt the most directly relevant meeting I’ve ever participated in, and I’m excited at the prospect of applying the experiences and insights shared by my peers. I will definitely be sharing many of the presentations with my department head. I’m looking forward to next year’s conference, wherever it is held, and will be strongly encouraging my hospital service line administrator to attend.”

“Great meeting, this is the most relevant meeting of the year and the topics are always spot on…”

“It’s amazing how far and fast this organization and event has come under and due to mikes leadership and energy. I am very appreciative and impressed.”

“Each year the information shared is amazing, applicable and helps me to determine directions for future projects…”

“I can’t express enough how well the meeting was planned, organized, and executed. You and team did amazing work pulling together the academic programs that shape the medical community and in my assessment provide the educational opportunity for like minds to grow in the space…”

“This was my first meeting and I am taking back a lot of ideas. Overall, everything was great!”

Here is What the Administrative Leaders are Saying About the AOC Annual Meeting for Administrators:

  • 95.75% of attendees rated the SOCIAL ACTIVITIES an A or A-
  • 90.38% of attendees rated the AGENDA TOPICS an A or A-
  • 96.08% of attendees rated the SPEAKERS an A or A-
  • 94.23% of attendees rated the VALUE (price vs. gain) an A or A-
  • 96.15% of attendees rated the OVERALL SATISFACTION OF THE AOC MEETING an A or A-

Ratings from the Business & Leadership Symposium

Voted #1 Most Valuable Organization Among Academic Orthopaedic Administrators