Fellowship approves resolution, amendments to bylaws
Three resolutions and three proposed amendments to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Bylaws were adopted by the AAOS fellowship in balloting after the 2004 Annual Meeting. Of the 19,941 fellows who were eligible to vote on the measures, 5,244 valid ballots were submitted, yielding a response rate of 26.3 percent. (A minimum 20 percent response is required for voting to be valid.)
No measure received less than an 86 percent endorsement, well above the required number of "Yes" votes for adoption (a majority for resolutions and two-thirds for amendments).
The resolutions addressed matters of support for orthopaedic research, an AAOS public relations program regarding managed care, and the orthopaedic work force. The bylaws amendments simplify the admissions process and create associate membership categories for other orthopaedic surgeons and osteopathic physicians.
Updated Association bylaws can be found in the Member Services section of the AAOS Web site; the resolutions are in the About the AAOS, Board of Councilors section of the Academy Web site.