Introducing the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program

Disclosing conflicts of interest has become an integral part of the practice of medicine. Making its debut at the AAOS 2010 Annual Meeting, the new, improved AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program makes disclosure simple and easy.

Under the AAOS mandatory disclosure policy, orthopaedic surgeons and others involved in AAOS organizational governance, publications, educational materials and programming, and clinical practice guidelines and technology overviews must disclose all orthopaedic-related commercial relationships occurring within the past 12 months. The new, improved AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program makes it simple and easy to meet that requirement.

Under the new program, unlike under previous disclosure programs, the AAOS will provide public access to the information contained in the database. Voluntary participation by all orthopaedic surgeons, as well as use of the database by orthopaedic specialty and state societies is also encouraged.

For more information on the AAOS Disclosure Program, visit or see the article in the February issue of AAOS Now, available at

Better yet, stop by the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Assistance Booth in Lobby B of the Morial Convention Center to find out more, enter your disclosures, and pick up your special green “I Disclosed” ribbon.