Cunningham Appointed to Leading National Health Policy Committee April, 2014

The goal of the Arthroscopy Association of North America is to promote, encourage, support and foster through continuing medical education functions, the development and dissemination of knowledge in the discipline of arthroscopic surgery.

Through the surgical procedure of arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon is able to “look inside” a joint with a pencil-sized instrument that allows him to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. This allows him to see, diagnose and develop a treatment plan based on first-hand examination.

AANA’s First Vice President William Beach said in the invitation letter to Cunningham that “Kelly Cunningham was selected to this prestigious committee because I believe he has the knowledge and dedication that AANA needs for this committee to function successfully.”

Healthcare is constantly changing, and it is imperative that orthopedic surgeons, who are in a highly technical and rapidly advancing field, have access to the latest research and development worldwide.The AANA helps orthopedic surgeons by providing a wealth of continuing educational opportunities to keep their members up to date on the latest world-wide advancements. The goals of the AANA are to:

  • Provide health care education opportunities for increasing cognitive and psycho-motor skills in arthroscopic surgery.
  • Provide CME programs for the AANA membership as well as other qualified professionals.
  • Measure the effectiveness of these programs by means of participant evaluation, faculty evaluation and delayed participant follow-up evaluation in an effort to measure practice impact of the material presented.
  • To use the data retrieved in the evaluation process as an aid in the development of future CME curricula.
  • To develop and use the most effective and accessible teaching techniques available including electronic media.