Bylaws Committee hearing is tomorrow

The AAOS Bylaws Committee will conduct an open hearing tomorrow, Thursday, March 23, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Room S402B of McCormick Place Convention Center. Under consideration are proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws and the proposed Standards of Professionalism (SOP) on Research and Academic Responsibilities. The committee will announce its proposed recommendation on each Bylaws amendment and the SOP during the AAOS business meetings on Friday.

The first proposed Bylaws amendment under consideration—Review of Resolutions and Bylaws Amendment Processes—recommends minor changes in the AAOS process for considering proposed resolutions and Bylaw amendments. Both the Board of Directors and the Board of Councilors (BOC) support its adoption.

The second proposed Bylaws amendment would change the number and qualifications of members of the AAOS Board of Directors. The amendment proposes that up to five BOC members serve on the AAOS Board of Directors. It also proposes that five directors from the recognized orthopaedic specialty societies be elected to serve on the Board. These proposals would be effective after the 2007 Annual Meeting. This proposed Bylaws amendment is not supported by the Board of Directors, the BOC or the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (Board of Specialty Societies).

A copy of the proposed Bylaws amendments and the recommendations of the BOC and the AAOS Board of Directors was included in the Official Meeting Notice sent to each fellow in January.

Standards of Professionalism

Also under consideration is the proposed SOP dealing with Research and Academic Responsibilities. The SOP states that all research and academic activities should be conducted under conditions of full compliance with ethical, institutional and government guidelines and that participating patients must have given full informed consent and have the right to withdraw from the research at any time. It also states five mandatory standards for orthopaedists participating in research.

The SOP also includes a provision that orthopaedists not plagiarize or claim as their own any research that is not theirs and that they must give appropriate credit for any research contributions. Principal investigators must take full responsibility for proposing, designing and reporting the research.

The full text of the SOP on Research and Academic Responsibilities was included in the Official Meeting Notice sent to each fellow in January. It will also be printed in its entirety in tomorrow’s Academy News.

The Bylaws Committee encourages all fellows to attend the open hearing and express their opinions before the committee makes its recommendations on the proposals. All fellows will have the opportunity to vote on the recommendations of the AAOS Bylaws Committee on each of the proposed Bylaws amendments and on the proposed SOP shortly after the 2006 Annual Meeting.

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