November 2004 AAOS Report

Board approves position statements on DTC advertising and evidence-based guidelines, advisory statement on communicating adverse outcomes

The AAOS Board of Directors (Board) took several actions at its Oct. 8-9 meeting in Rosemont, Ill.

The Board approved a Position Statement on Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Advertising of Pharmaceuticals and Devices, developed by the DTC Project Team, headed by Peter J. Mandell, MD. The Board also approved a Position Statement on Evidence-Based Guidelines presented by Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, chair of the Council on Research and Scientific Affairs.

The Board approved an Advisory Statement on Communicating Adverse Outcomes , developed by the Patient Safety Committee, under the direction of David A. Wong, MD.

The Board approved the continuation of the Communications Skills Mentoring Program (CSMP) in concept, pending development of a business plan. John R. Tongue, MD, head of the CSMP, noted that this program will be especially important as patient/physician communication will be a requirement for medical schools, Maintenance of Certification and medical liability insurance reductions. The CSMP hopes to have a communication mentor in each residency program.

The Board approved a number of committee and council appointments recommended by the Committee on Committees. Alan M. Levine, MD, was appointed as the new chair of the Council on Education. This necessitated Dr. Levine’s resignation as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; a search for a new editor is underway. James H. Herndon, MD, was appointed as the AAOS representative to the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The Board also approved the charges for the new Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Professionalism, under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program.

David A. Halsey, MD, chair of the AAOS Professional Compliance Program Project Team, reported that one third of the AAOS membership (5,993 fellows) have signed the Expert Witness Affirmation Statement.

The Board also approved, in concept, the adoption of a group-purchasing plan for medical/surgical office and radiograph supplies for members.

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