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Don't Miss Open Hearing Tomorrow on Bylaws, SOPs changes

An Open Hearing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8 on four groups of proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws and proposed revisions to the Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedic Surgeon-Industry Conflicts of Interest.

The Bylaws Open Hearing will immediately follow the Resolutions Committee Open Hearing in Room 270 of the Moscone 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 on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Bylaws amendments
Bylaws Amendment Group #1 would make the immediate past chair of the Board of Councilors (BOC) a voting member of the BOC. The BOC immediate past chair would serve as chair of the BOC Nominating Committee, and in such other capacities as determined by the chair. In addition, the immediate past chair of the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) would serve in the same way: The BOS immediate past chair would be a voting member of the BOS who would serve as chair of the BOS Nominating Committee, and in such other capacities as determined by the chair.

The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors support adoption of Bylaws Amendment Group #1.

Bylaws Amendment Group #2 would require any fellow or member who no longer maintains a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine or who has pled guilty or no contest to a felony to notify the Association Office of General Counsel within 30 days of such action. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that this bylaws amendment be adopted as submitted.

Bylaws Amendment Group #3 pertains to attorneys’ fees and costs related to the professional compliance program. The amendment states that in the event a fellow or member brings a legal action challenging the decision of the AAOS Board of Directors or attempts to prevent the AAOS Board of Directors from making a decision in a professional compliance case, and does not prevail in that legal action, the Association will be entitled to recover an award and its reasonable attorneys’ fees and expert witness fees, costs, and post-judgment interest at the prevailing legal rate. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that this bylaws amendment be adopted as submitted.

Bylaws Amendment Group #4 would require an electronic voting process open to members of the Fellowship before and during the Annual Meeting to elect officers and members of the Association Board of Directors. The BOC and BOS recommend adopting the bylaws amendment as submitted. The AAOS Board of Directors does not support the adoption of this bylaws amendment, and further offers that if it is adopted, there should be electronic voting open to all fellows before and during the Annual Meeting only in the event of contested elections (ie, where there are two or more candidates being nominated for a particular position).

Revisions to SOPs
The Bylaws Committee will also be considering proposed revisions to the Introduction and 10 of the 17 mandatory standards of the SOPs on Orthopaedic Surgeon-Industry Conflicts of Interest. These changes were initially drafted and proposed by the Committee on Outside Interests. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend adoption of these proposed revisions.

Voting follows meeting
The Official Meeting Notice sent to all fellows in December included full texts of the proposed bylaws amendments and the proposed revisions to the SOPs on Orthopaedic Surgeon-Industry Conflicts of Interest. 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 2012 Annual Meeting.

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