New SOPs proposed: Research and Academic Responsibilites
Fellowship will vote after 2006 Annual Meeting
By Kathleen Delaney
Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Research and Academic Responsibilities will be considered by the AAOS fellowship at the 2006 Annual Meeting. These new SOPs will be discussed during the Bylaws Committee Open Hearing on Thursday, March 23, at 8 a.m., and during the AAOS Business Meetings on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. If adopted, this will become the fourth set of SOPs under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program.
Alleged violations of these SOPs may serve as the basis for formal grievances under the procedures adopted in 2005. If a grievance is upheld, the AAOS Board of Directors may censure, suspend or expel a member from the AAOS. The actual vote to adopt the new SOPs will be taken after the Annual Meeting.
In response to concerns raised by AAOS fellows, the Board of Directors appointed a Project Team on Copyrights and Intellectual Property. The Project Team was charged with reviewing existing AAOS policies and practices regarding copyrights and intellectual property, including the AAOS nonexclusive license form and assignment of rights forms for authors and presenters.
Of particular concern to some fellows was the indemnification clause, which required an individual to accept ultimate financial responsibility for claims that might arise from the Academy’s use of an author’s or presenter’s material.
In August 2005, the Project Team requested that SOPs on Research and Academic Responsibilities be developed. Following an examination of existing practices within the publishing community as well as in other medical associations, the Board of Directors, at its September meeting, approved the Project Team’s proposals:
• Continue to require the use of nonexclusive licenses for materials presented in courses or scientific presentations
• Continue to require an assignment of rights for enduring materials, with ad hoc exceptions for certain illustrations
• Eliminate the indemnification clause in AAOS licenses and assignment of rights forms and replace it with an explicit warranty statement that includes the author’s or presenter’s acknowledgment and understanding of copyright principles, and acceptance of responsibility and consequences for knowingly making false statements about materials submitted
• Create a comprehensive AAOS education plan so that all authors and presenters understand their intellectual property rights and responsibilities
• Develop Standards of Professionalism on Research and Academic Responsibilities, including a provision dealing with plagiarism, for vote by the fellowship after the 2006 Annual Meeting
To learn more about the AAOS Professional Compliance Program and the new SOPs on Research and Academic Responsibilities, stop by the freestanding exhibit in the AAOS Resource Center in Hall B of McCormick Place at the 2006 Annual Meeting. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on all aspects of the Professional Compliance Program.