Published 4/1/2012
Richard N. Peterson, JD

It’s Time to Vote!

Consolidated balloting for AAOS Nominating Committee, Resolutions, Bylaws, SOPs

It’s time to cast your ballots for individuals to serve on the AAOS 2013 Nominating Committee and to decide whether to adopt or retain certain AAOS resolutions, bylaw amendments, or revised Standards of Professionalism (SOPs).

This year, voting will be conducted primarily online. The voting process is designed to be quick, secure, and confidential. You will be able to vote both for nominees to serve on the AAOS Nominating Committee and on proposed resolutions, bylaw amendments, and revised SOPs on one ballot at the same time.

Online voting process
Here’s how it will work:

  • All AAOS Fellows who are eligible to vote and who have provided the AAOS with an email address should already have received a personalized email with their Member ID and a direct link to the voting site. Clicking on the link will take you directly to the balloting information.
  • Fellows who have not provided AAOS with an email address but have provided a fax number should have received a ballot and balloting information by fax.
  • The relatively small remaining group of orthopaedic surgeons who have not provided AAOS with an email address or fax number should have received a written ballot and background information in the mail.

The online voting site has information on each of the Fellows nominated to serve on the Nominating Committee, as well as information on each of the resolutions, bylaw amendments, and SOPs, including the recommendations of the Board of Councilors (BOC), Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), Board of Directors, and AAOS Resolutions or Bylaws Committees.

For resolutions, bylaw amendments, and SOPs, the same quorum requirements remain. Adoption of resolutions, bylaw amendments, or SOPs requires that at least 20 percent of the total Fellowship (around 4,700 Active, Inactive, or Emeritus Fellows) must cast ballots. In addition, at least 50 percent of those voting must vote in favor of a resolution and at least two thirds of those voting must vote in favor of a proposed bylaw amendment or the SOPs for adoption.

A valid election for the Nominating Committee does not require a minimum number or percentage of Fellows to cast ballots. Those individuals who receive the highest number of votes will be elected to the Nominating Committee, provided no more than two are in practice in the same state.

Cast your ballot today
Several important resolutions, bylaw amendments, and SOPs are being considered this year. Three AAOS resolutions have been reviewed and, with some modifications, are being recommended to be retained or rescinded. Four bylaw amendments, covering certain aspects of the BOC and BOS, the AAOS professional compliance program, and the AAOS election process, are also being recommended for adoption. In addition, revisions to the SOPs on Orthopaedic Surgeon-Industry Relationships are being considered.

The 19 orthopaedic surgeons who were nominated during the Business Meeting held at the 2012 Annual Meeting are standing for election to the AAOS 2013 Nominating Committee. Those six who are elected will serve with Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, former AAOS president, who has been appointed by the Board of Directors to chair the 2013 Nominating Committee.

Ballots must be submitted to the AAOS by April 23, 2012, to be counted. As a Fellow, you help shape the future direction and work of the AAOS through your votes on resolutions, bylaw amendments, and SOPs and your selections for members of the Nominating Committee. Take this opportunity to vote online and be an involved member of the AAOS.

Richard N. Peterson, JD, is general counsel for the AAOS. He can be reached at peterson@aaos.org