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Welcome to ARCOS

The Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery ARCOS is a national professional organization for program coordinators of orthopaedic surgery residencies and fellowships.

ARCOS was created to establish a national group of orthopaedic program coordinators who would be recognized by both program directors and the orthopaedic community at large; to provide a support structure and advocacy forum for coordinators; and to further coordinators’ knowledge and skills through the exchange of ideas and information.

The ARCOS annual meeting, website, and listserv, are all essential resources for enhancing the jobs of our coordinators, thereby improving and enriching the graduate medical educational experience of our orthopaedic residents and fellows.

2017 Annual Meeting Date & Location Annoucement

The ARCOS 2017 annual meeting will take place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on March 14-17th.

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Membership is extended to all program coordinators of orthopaedic surgery residency and fellowship programs.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of 11 members: president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, and six members at large.

Historical Perspective

ARCOS was officially founded in February 2003 during the 70th Annual AAOS Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The first inaugural conference was held in San Francisco, California, in March 2004.

Keynote Lectureship

The Frederick N. Meyer, M.D., Keynote Lectureship was established by vote of the ARCOS Membership in 2005 to honor Dr. Meyer’s support and encouragement of ARCOS. The phenomenal progress and success of ARCOS is directly related to Dr. Meyer’s challenge for a handful of Orthopaedic Surgery Coordinators to move forward and form a specialty association exclusively for Orthopaedic Surgery Coordinators. From the beginning, Dr. Meyer envisioned the role of Residency and Fellowship Coordinators as that of a resourceful, effective and valuable member of the Program Director’s team, and he encouraged us to view our role in the same manner.

The 2015 Frederick N. Meyer, M.D., Keynote Speaker will be Dr. J. Lawrence Marsh, Chairman and tenured professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is the Carroll B. Larson Chair and serves as the Program Director of the Orthopedic Residency Training Program.


  • ARCOS is now in its eleventh year and is officially recognized by the AAOS, ABOS, ACGME, AAMC, AOA and CORD.
  • The association’s focus is solely on orthopaedic education.
  • ARCOS has a current membership of 119 residency and fellowship program coordinators.
  • The ARCOS Annual Meetings are in conjunction with the AAOS Annual Meeting. Meetings are comprised of lectures, discussions and workshops on the latest changes in program requirements.
  • ARCOS is striving to achieve 100% participation among all orthopaedic programs at the ARCOS Annual Meeting.
  • TAGME certification by the National Board for Certification of Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Programs was created “to establish standards for the profession, to acknowledge the expertise needed to successfully manage graduate medical education programs, and to recognize those training program administrators who have achieved competence in all fields related to their profession.” This certification is available to some 28 specialties who have applied for and been approved by the TAGME National Board. ARCOS has a total of 40 members who have become TAGME certified, 24 of those are current members.
  • ARCOS website ( has become a valuable tool for information, education and networking among coordinators.
  • ARCOS listserv is available only to ARCOS members to answer questions and to provide a resourceful means of communication between coordinators.
  • ARCOS annually supports the AAOS Playground Project as a Bronze Level sponsor.

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