May 1999 AAOS Report

Board approves new council on communications

The Board of Directors meeting April 7-10 at its spring workshop approved the creation of a Council on Communications and Information that will be responsible for overseeing and directing the non-clinical and non-scientific communications activities of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association). The recommendation of a new council resulted from a report submitted by the Public Relations Task Force which is chaired by AAOS First Vice President S. Terry Canale, MD. The council also will oversee the implementation of the new public relations program designed to enhance the image of orthopaedic surgeons. Five committees will be formed and will report to the council. They are the Patient Education Committee (formerly the Public Education Committee) that will develop patient education materials; Public and Media Relations Committee that will primarily be responsible for the public and media relations programs and initiatives of the AAOS; Injury Prevention and Wellness Committee that will review, update and develop existing injury prevention programs in multimedia formats; Public Electronic Communications Committee that will research new ways to use Internet communications technology/opportunities for public information and education programs; and Member Communications Committee that will provide guidance in developing articles for the Bulletin and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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