Resolution Committee holds open hearing today

New resolution proposed, three resolutions up for review

The AAOS Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed resolutions of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association) today at 1:00 p.m. in Room 4601 of the Venetian Hotel. All fellows are encouraged to participate.

One newly proposed Association resolution on educating and promoting volunteerism and orthopaedic advocacy, sponsored by the Leadership Fellows Program, will be considered. As part of the required 5-year review process, two Academy resolutions and one Association resolution will also be considered.

Copies of all resolutions and the recommendations of the Board of Councilors (BOC), the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), and the AAOS Board of Directors were included in the official meeting notice sent to each fellow in January 2009.

The Resolutions Committee encourages all fellows to express their opinions before the committee makes its recommendations on the resolutions. All fellows will have the opportunity to vote on the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee on each of the proposed resolutions shortly after the 2009 Annual Meeting.

Academy resolutions

Two Academy resolutions will be considered under the 5-year review process.

Resolution 1—Orthopaedic Research: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continuing to advocate for increased funding of basic and clinical musculoskeletal research through the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and other research-funding institutions. They also recommend continuing to promote basic science and clinical research of the musculoskeletal system and to communicate these findings to appropriate audiences, encourage AAOS fellows to personally support the efforts of OREF, and encourage orthopaedic specialty societies to establish endowments in OREF to support peer-reviewed basic and clinical orthopaedic research in their respective specialty areas.

The BOC, BOS and AAOS Board of Directors recommend rescinding a resolution that called for the establishment of an AAOS Research Center Development awards program, because such a program is not feasible now.

Resolution 2—Public Relations Program Regarding Managed Care: Because the AAOS currently has higher priorities, the BOC, BOS and AAOS Board of Directors recommend rescinding a resolution that would establish an AAOS public advocacy campaign designed to educate the public about the strengths and weaknesses of managed care.

Association resolutions

One new, duly submitted Association resolution will be discussed, and one Association resolution will be considered under the 5-year review process.

Resolution 3—Educate and Promote Volunteerism and Orthopaedic Advocacy: The intent of this resolution, which is sponsored by James A. Keeney, MD, on behalf of the Leadership Fellows Program, is to develop an educational program to create a “culture of activism” within orthopaedics and to sustain the education and advocacy policies of the AAOS, state and regional orthopaedic societies, and national orthopaedic specialty societies. The program would be targeted to orthopaedic residents, surgeons in fellowship training, those newly in practice, and newly elected AAOS fellows. In addition, state orthopaedic societies would be encouraged to involve one resident from each residency training program in their state to participate in their society’s advocacy and educational programs each year. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend adopting the proposed resolution.

Resolution 4—Orthopaedic Workforce: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continued support of the Association’s active role in assessing orthopaedic workforce needs in response to the changing practice environment and in providing periodic updates on this matter to the fellowship.