Disclosure database, intellectual property tutorial on schedule for summer

Disclosure database, intellectual property tutorial on schedule for summer

By G. Jake Jaquet

Alan M. Levine, MD, chair of the Council on Education, reported to the AAOS Board of Directors at its Monday meeting on a number of education-related activities.

Dr. Levine noted that the disclosure database initiative—designed to allow educational planning with transparency regarding conflicts of interest—is on schedule for a trial with the members of the Council on Education and its committees by April to assess ease of use and identification of any potential “bugs.” The database is expected to be ready for general use by July.

Another project, the Intellectual Property Tutorial online education program is expected to be operations this summer, according to Dr. Levine. The program will pose hypothetical questions regarding circumstances where members might find themselves with the potential for running afoul of copyright law; the member’s selection from multiple possible answers will provide an education as to what types of use of intellectual property are permissible or protected.

Co-branding of symposia and instructional course lectures (ICLs) is another area of activity, Dr. Levine reported. The Scientific Program Committee and the Instruction Course Committee have been authorized to review submissions from the various specialty societies without a requirement that a certain minimum or maximum number must be submitted. Applications for symposia are identified by submitting organization, whereas those for ICLs are reviewed blind. After the committees select the ICLs and symposia, the respective educational programs may be co-branded.

Dr. Levine also reported that AAOS has been reaccredited as of November 2006 for a four-year term. No areas of deficiency were found, and three areas were noted to be in exemplary compliance: “innovative and creative planning processes;” “needs assessment data from multiple sources;” and “purpose of activity communicated to participants.”

Finally, Dr. Levine noted that a recommendation had been made by the AAOS Content Project Team at the December 2006 meeting of the Board of Directors, that recommendation reading, “For editorships that are paid and/or that service the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), AAOS Now, or Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC), we recommend that any individual considered for one of these positions cannot hold a position with another similar non-AAOS publication that involves content acquisition and/or policy making.” The intent of the recommendation was to preclude the inevitable and unmanageable conflicts that would arise if an individual is serving as chief, deputy, or section editor for two or more similar journals, Web sites, or magazines.

At the December meeting, the Board had asked the team to develop clarification what was meant by “similar journals” and to report back. Dr. Levine said that the Team had since defined “similar journals” to be “those journals that compete for some part of their content, authors, readership, subscriptions, and/or advertising” and gave a series of examples of publications that would be competitive with JAAOS, OKO, AAOS Now, and YOC. The Board accepted the Content Project Team’s recommendation.

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