April 2000 AAOS Report

AAOS approves statement on care of lower extremities

The AAOS Board of Directors approved a Position Statement on "Surgical Care of the Lower Extremities" at a meeting in Orlando, Fla. on March 14, 2000. The statement was developed in recognition that "efforts are being made by some health care providers to expand their scope of practice beyond the limits of their education, training and experience. State laws and local practice standards frequently do not take these limits into account when establishing law and credentialing standards." The position statement suggests a basic set of qualifications for any health care provider performing musculoskeletal reconstructive surgery on the foot, ankle and lower extremities. These minimum qualifications are: completion of a nationally-accredited, post-doctoral surgical residency program; board certification, through examinations, by a surgical board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or equivalent; and state licensure.

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