May 2001 AAOS Report

Board approves new composition, Council on Academic Affairs

The Board of Directors, meeting on April 21, 2001, approved changing the composition of the Board and changing the future procedure for fellowship voting on proposed resolutions and Bylaws. Both actions will require Bylaws changes to be voted by fellows at the AAOS Annual Meeting Business Meeting in 2002. The Board also created a new Council on Academic Affairs, which will be developed in the months ahead. Following the recommendations of the Board restructuring project team, chaired by James H. Herndon, MD, second vice president, the Board approved the elimination of the Second Past President and Secretary positions on the Board of Directors. This would occur once the present Board members in those positions have completed their terms. The Board approved adding a lay member with voting privileges and the COMSS secretary as a full Board member. The position of the Treasurer-Elect was also created. The Treasurer-Elect will be elected one year before assuming the position of Treasurer for a three-year term. The Treasurer-Elect will be a non-voting member of the Board and the Finance Committee. The proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws resulting from the position changes on the Board of Directors will be considered at a Board meeting May 18. Other proposed amendments also would change the procedure for fellowship voting on resolutions and Bylaw changes. First, a minimum of 20 percent of the current membership would have to return ballots to legitimize the process. A majority of that would be required to adopt resolutions, and two-thirds required to adopt amendments to the Bylaws. Voting would be done by written or electronic ballot shortly after the Annual Meeting. The final wording on the ballot would be determined by the AAOS Resolutions Committee or Bylaws Committee after Open Hearings and meetings at the Annual Meeting.

The Board also created a new Council on Academic Affairs. The council will enable the AAOS to focus its resources and efforts on activities ranging from resident education to support for clinical scientists. Reporting to the council will be committees on Resident Education and Curriculum, Resident and Academic Advocacy, Academic Business Practice, Development of Orthopaedic Clinician Scientists and Educators, Diversity, and Candidate Member Services.

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