April 2004 AAOS Report

Boards approve Position Statement on ASCs, appoint volunteers, hear progress reports

The Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons at March 8 and 9 meetings in San Francisco approved a new position statement and acted upon recommendations for responding to competitive threats to AAOS. The Boards also heard a report from the Specialty Society Day Project Team and approved several council and committee appointments.

Position statement approved
The Association Board approved a Position Statement on Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), which have doubled in the past decade. AAOS maintains that many surgical procedures can be safely performed in ASCs, which benefits both patients and orthopaedists because many musculoskeletal surgical procedures can be provided in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Workshop recommendations approved
Based on the December 2003 Board workshop on "Competitive Threats to the AAOS," Robert W. Bucholz, MD, AAOS first vice president and leader of the workshop, presented a series of recommendations, which were approved by the BOD: innovative approaches to assure that AAOS stays in the forefront as a focal point of orthopaedic intellectual capital; a comprehensive marketing and sales strategic business plan linked to the Academy's strategic plan; higher priority to international activities; strategies for collaborating with specialty societies and AAOS programs that may interest the orthopaedic industry.

Specialties recommendations
Chair of the Specialty Society Day Project Team, Richard H. Gelberman, MD, reported on a survey conducted by the project team of member organizations in the Council on Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies. The team issued several recommendations, including that the Annual Meeting Committee look for ways to increase the educational opportunities for specialists and generalists with a specialty interest, directing the Annual Meeting Committee to explore developing skills courses at the Annual Meeting and creating a subcommittee of the Annual Meeting Committee charged with overseeing the new skills courses associated with corporate, nursing and allied health.

Council appointments approved
The Board approved the following council and committee appointments: James N. Weinstein, DO, MS, as chair of the Council on Academic Affairs; Vernon T. Tolo, MD, as AAOS representative to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Board of Trustees; George Shybut, MD, as a member of the Resolutions Committee; Shawn Patrick Granger, MD, as a member of the Practice Management/Rehabilitation Subcommittee of the Council on Education; Rajendra Kumar Kadiyala, MD, as a member of the Trauma Evaluation Subcommittee; Thomas Grollman, MD, as a Board of Councilors representative to the CPT and ICD Coding Committee; and William N. Levine, MD, to the Orthopaedic Basic Science Evaluation Subcommittee.

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