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Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Resolutions Committee sets Open Hearing

The Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed resolutions of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association) on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Salon 3 of the Omni Rosen Hotel. The Bylaws Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in Salon 3 of the Omni Rosen Hotel.

Resolution 1: Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC).

If adopted as proposed, Resolution 1 would require the Academy Board of Directors to recommend that the OLC Board of Directors consider and adopt a policy of tiered categories of scheduling and rentals for groups that desire to use the OLC for courses or other events. The Board of Councilors recommends the adoption of this resolution.

Resolution 2: AAOS adoption of an official foot and ankle position statement.

If adopted as proposed, Resolution 2 would require the American Association of Orthopaedics Surgeons to adopt a specific Position Statement entitled, "Surgical Care of the Lower Extremities, Including the Foot and Ankle." The Board of Councilors does not support the addition of this resolution as proposed, but rather the adoption of a more general statement.

Resolution 3: Matters relating to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

If adopted as proposed, the Association Board of Directors would be required to develop a list and description of major programs for the Association that are designed to support, promote and protect the membership. In addition, the Association's Board of Directors would be required to develop a Strategic Plan for the Association, separate from the Academy's Strategic Plan. The Association Strategic Plan would deal with activities to support, protect and promote orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic medicine and musculoskeletal patients. The Board of Councilors recommends that this resolution not be adopted.

Resolutions 4-9: Review of previously adopted AAOS resolutions.

The Bylaws require that resolutions adopted by the Fellowship be reviewed every five years for continued relevance. The Board of Directors conducts this review and its recommendations are considered by the Board of Councilors at its fall meeting. The recommendation of the Board of Directors and the Board of Councilors are as follows.

The Academy would continue to oppose issuance of additional Certificates of Added Qualification in Orthopaedic Surgery. The Academy would continue its current policy of adoption of clinical algorithms. The Association would adopt a policy on medical care in the United States, advocating the principles of individual rights and patient empowerment. The Association would continue to monitor the orthopaedic workforce and to take all appropriate and legal actions to address serious fellowship concerns about this issue.The Academy would continue to oppose issuance of additional Certificates of Added Qualification in Orthopaedic Surgery. The Academy would continue its current policy of adoption of clinical algorithms. The Association would adopt a policy on medical care in the United States, advocating the principles of individual rights and patient empowerment. The Association would continue to monitor the orthopaedic workforce and to take all appropriate and legal actions to address serious fellowship concerns about this issue.

Proposed Bylaws Amend-ments

Group 1: Late and emergency resolutions.

If adopted as proposed, the Academy would be able to receive an emergency resolution submitted at least 30 days prior to the business meeting of the Annual Meeting, if it met the definition of "emergency" contained in the Bylaws. Such emergency resolution would be communicated to the fellowship upon its arrival at the Annual Meeting and would be considered by the Board of Councilors and Resolutions Committee at the Annual Meeting. If such emergency resolution is adopted by the fellowship, it would be advisory and not binding on the Academy and its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors and Board of Councilors sup-port the adoption of these amendments.

Group 2: Resolution submission by a state orthopaedic society

If adopted as proposed, an alternate mechanism would be created to allow a state orthopaedic society to submit AAOS resolutions for consideration at the next Annual Meeting. Under this new alternative process, a resolution must be: proposed by a state orthopaedic society, with a designated fellow to serve as sponsor; signed by the president and the majority of the Board of Directors of the state orthopaedic society; designated as a Resolution; and submitted in writing to the Academy by September 1. The current submission process by which 20 orthopaedic surgeons submit AAOS resolutions would remain in place. The Board of Councilors supports this proposed amendment to the Bylaws.

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