Robert McGuire has decades of experience as a clinician and educator leading fellow surgeons in support of the AO mission of promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, He places great emphasis on educating residents and doctors who are early in their careers. His students recognize in him someone who is hands-on, passionate about teaching, and always ready to put in extra time. He also sees simulation as central to surgical education, particularly for younger generations.



Saturday, March 28 | 14:00-14:30

The AO offers surgeons a unique opportunity to be part of a global network of more than 200,000 fellow health care professionals. Wherever you are, whatever field, whatever difficult case you're working on, as part of the AO you have this incredible resource on which to draw. With these relationships, I know I can always drop someone a line and say "Hey, I've got a problem with which I need help." This concept of an organization held together by real friendship dates back to the AO's origins. Today, we have a tremendous amount of intellectual wealth in our senior members, and mentorship is vital in ensuring we retain this senior talent while also attracting and nurturing younger generations. Many of the most important, career-defining moments I experienced were a result of this kind of interaction with the leaders in their fields at the time – and this took place within the AO. This is why I am so motivated to boost the visibility of mentorship within the AO, for me it always has been the organization's 5th pillar.