Fellowship to consider two proposed SOPs

Fellowship to consider two proposed SOPs

Under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program, adopted in April 2005, the fellowship votes on all Standards of Professionalism (SOP). An SOP establishes the minimum standard of acceptable conduct for orthopaedic surgeons in a particular area. SOPs are mandatory and apply to all fellows and members of the AAOS.

At today’s Bylaws Committee Open Hearing (which will begin shortly after the Resolutions Committee Open Hearing concludes in room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center), two proposed SOPs (on Advertising by Orthopaedic Surgeons and on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest) will be considered by the Bylaws Committee in its role as the SOPs Oversight Committee. These SOPs have been reviewed by the Ethics Committee, the Committee on Professionalism, the Board of Councilors, the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS/COMSS) and the AAOS Board of Directors.

The Committee on Professionalism recommended, and the AAOS Board of Directors, concurred, that the SOPs on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest will take effect immediately upon adoption by the fellowship, but will not be enforced for one year. Enforcement of the SOPs on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest will begin with acts occurring on or after January 1, 2008 to enable the AAOS to conduct an educational program for the fellowship regarding these SOPs prior to their enforcement.

The complete text of the proposed SOPs was included in the Official Meeting Notice sent to each fellow in January. The Bylaws Committee encourages all Fellows to attend the open hearing and express their opinions before the Committee makes its recommendations on the proposals. The Bylaws Committee will make its recommendations to the fellowship at tomorrow’s Business Meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center.

A vote on the proposed SOPs will be conducted after the 2007 Annual Meeting. To be adopted by the fellowship, SOPs require a vote of at least 20 percent of the active, inactive and emeritus fellows, and an affirmative vote of two-thirds of those fellows casting ballots.

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