The mission of the GOS Foundation is to advance the orthopedic education and well-being of patients, orthopedic surgeons, and residents in orthopedic training programs.


The Georgia Orthopaedic Society Foundation sponsors a Health Policy Fellowship to establish a formal mentoring and development program for future leaders in Orthopaedics in the areas of health policy and advocacy. The Georgia Orthopaedic Society leadership have the passion and desire for effective advocacy for our patients and our profession. We are aware that there are too few formal development programs, especially at the state level. A fellowship offered to Orthopaedic surgeons in training or current practice, will encourage commitment to policy and advocacy that will support our patients and society members.

Candidates for the fellowship will be selected by the committee through an application process that includes review of a curriculum vitae, a statement from the applicant explaining his or her interest and goals, and a letter of recommendation. For orthopaedic residents, the statement should indicate intention to practice in the state of Georgia.

Required activities during the one-year fellowship will include:

  • Attendance at the annual GOS meeting.
  • Participation in the Physicians Day at the Capitol.
  • Attendance at the MAG Legislative Seminar at Brasstown Bald.
  • Scheduled interactions with Don Bolia and current physician legislators in state government.

Additional opportunities may include specific MAG training, MAG House of Delegates, and the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference as time and funding allow.

The Foundation will reimburse approved expenses.

The Fellow will provide an in-person report to the membership upon conclusion of the fellowship at the GOS annual meeting.

Apply for the 2025 Health Policy Fellowship HERE. Deadline to apply July 1, 2024.


We have established a political advocacy fellowship to train a young GOS member to shadow the GOS legislative consultant during the year so can learn the value of engagement with the Georgia regulators and legislators to support our patients.

Our selection committee has chosen fellow GOS member Dr. Rick Bowles, as our inaugural advocacy fellow. He will work closely with Don Bolia in all aspects of our state advocacy and will come back to report all he has learned and accomplished at the 2024 GOS Annual Meeting in September. We look forward to all he will accomplish in the years to come.

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