June 2001 Bulletin

In the News

AAOS seeks chairman for new Council on Academic Affairs

The Board of Directors has approved a search for the chairman of the newly approved Council on Academic Affairs. The charges of the Council include overseeing the development of AAOS educational programs that will improve and effect changes in resident education that are designed to meet resident educational needs. The Council will provide direction on federal- and state-level advocacy issues that relate to the academic setting of office practices. These issues include graduate medical education funding, funding for orthopaedic clinician educators, clinician scientists, allocation of such funding and other research and funding efforts that affect the orthopaedic practice environment. The Council will interact with organizations such as OREF, AOS, ORS, ABOS, AAMC and NIH. The Council will promote programs on diversity; address issues relating to candidate members; and promote horizontal integration between all councils, COMSS and the Board of Councilors, as well as the committees and project teams of this council.

The Council chairman will oversee the activities of six committees: Diversity; Candidate Member Services; Medical Student, Resident and Fellow Training; Academic Advocacy; Clinician Scientist Programs; and Academic Business and Practice Management. The Council chairman will be required to attend Board of Directors meetings and workshops, and interact with other council chairs to foster communications, knowledge sharing and horizontal integration of the committees.

Send complete CVs detailing professional activities and prior service and participation in the AAOS and other organizations. Applicants are also requested to provide their views on the issues that AAOS members in academic practice are currently facing and what they believe the AAOS through the Council on Academic Affairs could do to support this segment of members. Remarks are to be no longer than 250 words.

Letters of application, CVs and views should be sent to Lawrence E. Rosenthal, PhD, AAOS DEVP/Chief Operating Officer, either by e-mail to rosenthal@aaos.org or by mail to: Chair, Academic Affairs Council search team, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 6300 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Ill. 60018. The deadline for submission of applications is July 6, 2001.

Board approves changes to improve function in changing environment

The Board of Directors has approved a series of organizational changes, as part of the AAOS in 2005 plan, to enable the AAOS to function efficiently and effectively in the rapidly changing environment. The Board approved:

Budget appropriators seek to boost funds for NIH in FY 2002

More funds will be requested for the NIH in the fiscal year 2002 budget by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Sen. Arlen Spector (R-Pa.) is seeking to boost the NIH budget by $3.4 billion; the Bush administration’s budget request is for an increase of $2.8 billion.

JBJS expands Internet site, offers free access until Oct.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) has expanded its web site www.jbjs.org with new features and capabilities that are available to viewers free of charge until Oct. 1, 2001. Later, the Journal will limit access to subscribers of JBJS and implement pay-per-view charges for non-subscribers. The web site offers state-of-the art search and retrieval tools. As a result of collaboration with HighWire Press, Stanford University, a single query can be searched across more than 220 journals that use HighWire’s services. The articles can be retrieved in text or PDF format. A customized search capability allows the user to search JBJS by categories such as practice specialty, anatomical site, clinical problem, etc. A new feature, "Reader Roundtable," allows readers of JBJS to respond by e-mail to printed articles.

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