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Open Hearing today on Bylaws, SOPs changes

An Open Hearing will be held today on three groups of proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws and proposed revisions to the Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony.

The Bylaws Open Hearing will immediately follow the Resolutions Committee Open Hearing in Room 349 of the Morial Convention Center and is anticipated to begin around 1:30 p.m. Recommendations of the Bylaws Committee will be presented at the Association Business Meeting tomorrow.

Bylaws amendments
Bylaws Amendment Group #1 would create parity between the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and the Board of Councilors (BOC) in the processes followed to consider proposed AAOS resolutions, bylaws amendments, and SOPs. It also provides a detailed explanation of the governance structure of the BOS and would permit national orthopaedic societies to submit resolutions directly to the Association.

The AAOS Board of Directors, BOS, and BOC support adoption of this bylaws amendment, modified to state that within 30 days after the end of the Annual Meeting, the Association would send each active, inactive, and emeritus fellow a packet that contains a ballot and information developed by the Resolutions Committee to brief him or her on each proposed Association resolution. In addition, a summary of the views of the BOC, BOS, AAOS Board of Directors, and the Resolutions Committee would be included. The fellowship would be asked to vote on the resolution, as it was last amended.

Bylaws Amendment Group #2 would make technical corrections to the AAOS bylaws regarding the AAOS Professional Compliance Program. If adopted as proposed, this amendment would clarify the processes followed by the AAOS Board of Directors, the Committee on Professionalism (COP), and the Judiciary Committee when the COP issues a report that recommends a professional compliance action, or when the COP’s recommendations are appealed.

The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that this bylaws amendment be adopted as submitted.

Bylaws Amendment Group #3 would modify the AAOS Nominating Committee process. If adopted as proposed, several dates in the process would be moved up. Polling for individuals to serve on the Nominating Committee would close on July 1 (or on the next business day thereafter) instead of Aug. 1, and a list of individuals who have been elected to serve on the Nominating Committee would be sent to every fellow of the Association by Aug. 1, rather than by Sept. 15. In addition, the Nominating Committee would conduct its initial deliberations 120 days in advance of the business meeting of the Annual Meeting, rather than 60 days in advance.

It also states that the Nominating Committee would release its proposed candidates for each open position at least 120 days in advance of the business meeting at the Annual Meeting, rather than 60 days in advance. Finally, the bylaws amendment states that 20 or more fellows can submit an alternate candidate at least 90 days (rather than 30 days) before the business meeting of the Annual Meeting.

The BOC and BOS recommended adoption of the proposed bylaws amendment, as amended to state that alternate candidates would be requested to submit the same information to the Nominating Committee that was requested of all other individuals considered for the same position. The committee would evaluate whether the nominee is “qualified” or “not qualified” to serve in elective office. The fellowship would be informed of the Nominating Committee’s evaluations before and during the Annual Meeting. The fellowship would then vote

on the candidates at the business meeting of the Annual Meeting. The AAOS Board of Directors recommended adoption of the bylaws amendment, as amended by the BOC and BOS.

SOPs revisions
Also under consideration are proposed revisions to the SOPs on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony. Extensive revisions to all 15 of the mandatory standards have been proposed.

Changing the name of these SOPs to “SOPs on Orthopaedic Expert Opinion and Testimony” would emphasize that fellows and members of the AAOS must adhere to the SOPs when they offer expert opinion in noncourtroom settings as well as when they provide expert witness testimony in the courtroom.

The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend adoption of these proposed revisions.

Voting follows meeting
The Office Meeting Notice sent to all fellows in January included full texts of the proposed Bylaws amendments and the proposed revisions to the SOPs on Orthopaedic Expert Witness Testimony. The Bylaws Committee encourages all fellows to attend the Open Hearing and express their opinions. All fellows will have the opportunity to vote on the recommendations of the AAOS Bylaws Committee on each of the proposed bylaws amendments and the proposed revisions to the SOPs shortly after the 2010 Annual Meeting.

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