AAOS Bulletin - June, 2006

AAOS holds first professional compliance grievance hearing

The AAOS held its first grievance hearing under the Professional Compliance Program during the 2006 Annual Meeting. Under the program, alleged violations of the Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) may result in a formal hearing leading to professional compliance action. In March, members of the Committee on Professionalism (COP), chaired by Peter J. Mandell, MD, met to hear testimony and evidence from two fellows (grievant and respondent), who had provided written materials to be considered before the hearing.

The hearing was closed to observers, as required under the program. The fellows were each given 30 minutes to present allegations, respond to charges and offer testimony from witnesses. During the hearing, members of the COP asked clarifying questions. In addition, both fellows had time to ask questions and respond.

Immediately following the grievance hearing, the COP met in executive session to discuss the allegations and reach consensus. Both parties will be advised of the COP’s findings within 60 days of the hearing. Either party may file an appeal to the Judiciary Committee with 15 days. If no appeal is filed, the COP’s recommendations will be presented at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

All official professional compliance actions taken by the Board of Directors will be reported in the AAOS Bulletin. Complete information on the Professional Compliance Program can be found on the AAOS Web site. Questions about the program can be directed to Kathleen Delaney, Professional Compliance Program coordinator, at professionalcompliance@aaos.org, aaosexpertwitness@aaos.org or (847) 384-4047.

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