Bylaws Committee hearing is today

Bylaws Committee hearing is today

The AAOS Bylaws Committee will conduct an open hearing today, Wednesday, Feb. 14, immediately following the Resolutions Committee Open Hearing in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center. Under consideration are five groups of proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws and two proposed Standards of Professionalism (SOPs)—on Advertising by Orthopaedic Surgeons and on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest. The committee will announce its proposed recommendation on each group of bylaws amendments and on each of the SOPs during the AAOS business meetings on Thursday.

Bylaws amendments

Bylaws Amendment Group 1 would change the name of the Council on Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS) to the Board of Specialty Societies, wherever it appears in the Bylaws. The AAOS Board of Directors, the Board of Councilors (BOC), and the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS/COMSS) support its adoption.

Bylaws Amendment Group 2 would increase consistency among bodies submitting resolutions, proposed amendments to Bylaws and SOPs by establishing a process for members of the BOC and BOS to submit to submit Bylaws amendments and Standards of Professionalism.

Bylaws Amendment Group 3, which applies solely to the Association Bylaws, clarifies the composition and processes of the AAOS Nominating Committee. It specifies how members of the Nominating Committee are elected by the fellowship, the requirements to serve on the Nominating Committee, and the election and deliberation process. If adopted, this group of Bylaws Amendments would move up the dates for notifying the fellowship of the list of nominees for the Nominating Committee, for voting for the Nominating Committee, and for notifying the fellowship of those elected to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Bylaws Amendment Group 4 would change the composition of the Finance Committee to include only members currently serving on the Board of Directors (removing the Second Past President from the committee and including the First Vice President).

Bylaws Amendment Group 5 would clarify licensure requirements of emeritus and inactive fellows. It would subject emeritus and inactive fellows who maintain their medical licenses to the same professional compliance actions as other fellows with active medical licenses.

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

Standards of Professionalism

Also under consideration are two proposed SOPs. The SOPs on Advertising by Orthopaedic Surgeons prohibits the inclusion of false or misleading information, photos, or other images, endorsements or other statements, and requires an orthopaedic surgeon to approve all advertisements regarding his or her practice before dissemination, or to make a reasonable effort to ensure that statements made by an academic institution, hospital or other entity are not false or misleading.

The SOPs on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest, if adopted, would go into effect immediately, but would apply only to acts occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2008 to enable the AAOS to conduct an educational program on the SOPs. The SOPs require disclosure of any conflicts of interest; define the limitations on gifts, subsidies, and financial support; specify the requirements for consulting agreements; define the industry support permitted for continuing medical education, and encourage independent reporting of research results.

The full texts of the SOPs appeared in the December 2006 issue of the AAOS Bulletin and were included in the Official Meeting Notice sent to each fellow in January. They are also available on the AAOS Web site at:

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 groups of bylaws amendments and on the proposed SOPs shortly after the 2007 Annual Meeting.

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