All are invited to Thursday's Fellowship Meetings

All Fellows are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meetings, Ceremonial Meeting, and Educational Event on Advocacy tomorrow in the Gateway Ballroom of the Moscone Convention Center.

Business meetings
At 9:00 a.m., the business meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy), the 501(c)(3) organization, will be held, and will be immediately followed by a business meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association), the 501(c)(6) organization.

Eight resolutions will be discussed, two dealing with the Academy and six dealing with the Association. In addition, four Bylaws amendments and proposed revisions to Standards of Professionalism on Providing Musculoskeletal Services to Patients will be considered. Complete information on these issues was included in the Official Meeting Notice mailed to all Fellows in January. Fellows will have the opportunity to vote on these measures by ballot shortly after the 2008 meeting.

During the Association business meeting, the 2008 Nominating Committee will present its list of nominees for the offices of second vice president, treasurer-elect, at-large members of the Board of Directors (one younger than age 45 and one age 45 or older), and National Membership Committee member. In addition, nominations for the 2009 Nominating Committee will be accepted from the floor.

Ceremonial meeting
During the Ceremonial Meeting, which begins at 10:00 a.m., AAOS President James H. Beaty, MD, will present the Humanitarian and Diversity Awards. The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation’s William W. Tipton Jr., MD Leadership Award will be presented by the 2007 winner, Stuart Hirsch, MD. E. Anthony Rankin, MD, incoming president, and Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, incoming first vice president, will address the fellowship.

Educational event
At 11:00 a.m., after the Ceremonial Meeting, an Educational Event focusing on “75 Years of Advocacy for Patients and the Profession” will begin. During this event, comments will made by David Halsey, MD, chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy and Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, chair of the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee. AAOS Presidential Guest Speaker Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, will then offer his thoughts on leadership, current events, his views on health care in the United States, and the importance of orthopaedic surgeons and others being active in the political process. NOW