Founded in 2003
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 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.
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.
Membership is extended to all program coordinators of orthopaedic surgery residency and fellowship programs.
Board of Directors
The ARCOS Board of Directors consists of a maximum of eleven members. Each member serves a five-year term.
The Board is comprised of a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, and six members-at-large.
To serve as a member of the Board of Directors an applicant must:
• Be a current member of ARCOS
• Be a coordinator of an ACGME accredited residency or fellowship program
• Have attended at least three Annual ARCOS Conferences prior to serving on the Board of Directors
• Be able to attend at least one annual ARCOS Board of Directors Plenary Meeting per year and the Annual ARCOS Conference. The Board of Directors meets three times a year (two plenary meetings and the annual conference)
• Be elected by the general membership during the annual business meeting
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.
Past Keynote Speakers
2017: Lisa A. Taitsman, M.D.
Professional development and wellness: It’s more than just survival
2016: S. Elizabeth Ames, M.D.
Moving Forward Together in Orthopaedic Education: The Art of Walking Slowly but Still Jumping in Puddles
2015: J. Lawrence Marsh, M.D.
Milestones and Competency: Past, Present, and Future
2014: Kevin P. Black, M.D.
Systems-Based Practice: The Core Competency
2013: Terrance D. Peabody, M.D.
Challenges to Orthopaedic Residency Education
2012: Joseph D. Zuckerman, M.D.
Teaching Professionalism in Orthopaedic Residency: Can It Be Done?
2011: Peter J. Stern, M.D.
Unsung Heroes: Reflections from an Old Codger
2010: E. Anthony Rankin, M.D.
GME Funding: Past, Present, and Future
2009: Terry R. Light, M.D.
Chairman’s Hour: Expanding the Curriculum
2008: Raoul P. Rodriguez, M.D.
Our Response to a Major Emergency – Hurricane Katrina
2007: Richard E. Grant, M.D.
National ARCOS 2006 Survey Preliminary Report: What We Really Do
2006: Jason H. Calhoun, M.D.
Overview/Update on the Functions of the ACGME