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Early Career Engagement

Professional Development for Members Under Age 45

Our Mission

  • To interest, embrace and nurture the highest quality Sports Physicians in our Society
  • To maximize the ongoing benefit of our Society for athletes thru the highest level research and education guided by young leaders
  • To ensure the long-term sustainability and relevance of our Society thru a seamless progression of leadership

The Society encourages newer members and members under the age of 45 to get directly involved in the Society by providing several opportunities:

  1. Apply to serve on a committee
  2. Nominate yourself to serve on the Council of Delegates in your state (nominations typically open February thru March)
  3. Apply to be a Traveling Fellow
  4. Board of Directors has two Member-at-Large Under-45 positions which have a two-year term (selected by the Nominating Committee)
  5. Apply for a Research Grant or Award opportunity:

    - Young Investigator Research Grant. - A young investigator is anyone who has received less than $25,000 in funding from grantmakers outside of their parent institution.

    - The Excellence in Research Award is awarded to a lead/primary author under the age of 40 of a manuscript submitted to the Research Awards.

    - The Bart Mann Award is an opportunity to get involved in an NIH review panel.
  6. Resident and Fellows papers accepted for the Annual Meeting are eligible for the Herodicus Award or Fellows Research Awards, respectively. Award recipients (and a guest) are invited to the Board Dinner the Wednesday of the Annual Meeting.
  7. Review a journal article and receive CME

Join the Early Career Engagement Committee for a Nightcap

Nightcap events are virtual meetings aimed at providing AOSSM members under the age of 45 with information to build their practice and develop leadership skills. These are limited in participants, and are informal, relaxed meetings designed for the exchange of ideas. Nightcaps provide opportunities for younger members to engage with leaders in the field.

Learn more about the next Nightcap


In October 2018, with the understanding that engagement of young sports surgeons is synergistic with current Society policies as well as industry focus and goals, the AOSSM Board of Directors approved the development of the Emerging Leaders program. With 43% of our members having 10 years or less of experience, the purpose of this program is to nurture, mentor and guide young sports medicine surgeons as well as promote future society leadership. An ad-hoc task force was appointed.

Objectives and Mission of the Task Force

  • Launch a program that will cultivate, nurture, mentor and engage young sports medicine members in our Society
  • Provide suggestions to the Board of Directors, and ultimately to the Committee on Committees, for the compilation of the Emerging Leaders Committee including the exact criteria for selection, i.e. membership category, years in practice, age, etc. Selection should focus on gender diversity, people who are at different points in their career, and those looking for maximum engagement in the Society
  • Provide the details of the initial program to the established Emerging Leaders Committee for review and critique in early 2020
  • Pass the program to the Emerging Leaders Committee completely in Summer of 2020, with concrete deliverables and direction, while providing the flexibility to modify the program as it grows

By October 2019, the ad-hoc task force had met all of its objectives and disbanded. The Emerging Leaders Committee continues to strive toward reaching the program’s mission.

Task Force Members

Excellence Award Recipient
  • Michael Ciccotti, MD, Co-chair
  • Armando Vidal, MD, Co-chair
  • Robert Arciero, MD
  • Champ Baker, III, MD
  • Michael Banffy, MD
  • Robert Brophy, IV, MD
  • Jorge Chahla, MD
  • Carolyn Hettrich, MD
  • Kurt Spindler, MD


The Emerging Leaders provides many useful resources for young professional. Below are some recommended videos, books, and more!

Ted Talks:

John Wooden : The difference between winning and succeeding

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Simon Sinek : How great leaders inspire action

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Nancy Duarte uncovers common structure of greatest communicators

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Never Split the Difference
Never Split the Difference Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It.
Good to Great
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't
Great On The Job
Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It -- The Secrets of Getting Ahead
The Happiness Advantage
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life
The Likeability Trap
The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are
The White Coat Investor
The White Coat Investor: A Doctor's Guide To Personal Finance And Investing

Member Testimonials

Your voice is essential to the now and to the future of who we are clinically, academically and spiritually. So I urge you to fully participate in our truly important Emerging Leaders Program. Be a part of this tradition, be a part of AOSSM!”

Michael G. Ciccotti, MD
AOSSM Past President

I love AOSSM for the friendships and relationships made over the years. AOSSM brings together those who want to learn, teach, and share their knowledge of our chosen field of sports medicine. It's a change to make new friends, see old ones, and get together with the best to help our patients.”

Champ Baker III, MD
AOSSM Task Force & Emerging Leaders Committee Member

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