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Published 6/1/2009
Richard N. Peterson, JD

Fellowship voting completed

Recommendations of AAOS Resolutions and Bylaws Committees accepted

The ballots are in and the votes have been counted. By an overwhelming majority, AAOS fellows adopted review committee recommendations on four resolutions—including a new resolution promoting volunteerism and advocacy—and a proposed Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on New Technologies or New Techniques. In adopting these recommendations, three AAOS resolutions were adopted or retained, one resolution was rescinded, and the proposed SOPs were not adopted.

At the time of the 2009 balloting, the AAOS had 21,949 active, emeritus, and inactive fellows eligible to vote. Ballots and information on voting were delivered by fax and mail.

Votes were tallied by AAOS research department staff. All valid online and fax submissions received prior to midnight on April 17 were included. Mailed ballots that were postmarked by April 17 and received by noon on April 23 were also included.

Response statistics
A total of 4,910 valid ballots were received, for a 22 percent response rate. A minimum 20 percent of the fellowship is required for balloting to be legitimate.

The “all yes” option was selected by 58 percent of respondents, while the remainder voted on items individually. No measure received less than a 90 percent approval rate (Table 1).

Richard N. Peterson, JD, is AAOS General Counsel. He can be reached at peterson@aaos.org