October 1998 AAOS Report

Board recommends additional name

The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) has voted to strongly recommend to the Bylaws committee and the fellowship at the 1999 Annual Meeting that the proposed Academy Bylaws amendments retain the complete name of the Academy. In unanimously approving the recommendation at a meeting Sept. 25, 1998, board members said the Academy's name has the prestige and historical importance of a preeminent educational organization that has served the profession since 1933. The proposed Bylaws amendment will shift some activities of the Academy, which has a 501(c)(3) tax status as an educational organization, to the parallel-membership organization, now known as the Orthopaedic Surgeons of America (OSA), which has a 501(c)(6) tax status that permits greater lobbying and other advocacy activities. The fellowship will vote on the proposed Bylaws amendments, including a name for the organization, at the business meeting Feb. 6, 1999.

On Sept. 26, the OSA Board of Directors approved changing the name of OSA to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association). Board members said the name was more apt for an organization that would be advocating issues for the orthopaedic community in legislative and regulatory arenas. Most similar advocacy organizations with a 501(c)(6) tax status use the word "association" in their title. The name change was expected to be completed by late October. The Association will pursue health policy and advocacy efforts to promote the interests of musculoskeletal patients and the profession of orthopaedic surgery.

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