January 2002 AAOS Report
Board approves JBJS partnership, appoints leadership work group
The AAOS Board of Directors, meeting in Chicago Dec. 7-8, 2001, took a number of notable actions. An historic agreement with the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) was approved, by which AAOS will develop a program through Orthopaedic Knowledge Online, using current and historical JBJS content. Each active Fellow will receive JBJS as a benefit of membership, beginning Jan. 1, 2002. In addition, an in-depth discussion on professionalism, led by two leading scholars on medical ethics, brought Board agreement that this was a strategic issue for the Academy. James Herndon, MD, proposed that a Committee on Patient Safety be established, and the Board asked Dr. Herndon to lead this effort. Lowry Jones Jr., MD, was appointed to lead a new Project Team, charged with developing a plan of strategies and resource materials to help make the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and similar state laws less burdensome to orthopaedists, hospitals and other providers. In other action, the Board appointed Dr. Herndon to begin developing a mechanism that will quickly notify the AAOS Fellowship of urgent news regarding medical devices, biologics and drugs that could impact patient safety. The Board agreed that an individual skilled in patient safety would be desirable as its first appointment for a lay member. The criteria for this position can be found online. The Board approved a revised AAOS Opinion on the Orthopaedic Surgeon's Relationship with Industry.