Published 7/1/2012
Richard N. Peterson, JD

Nominating Committee Seeks Nominees

The 2013 AAOS Nominating Committee—Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, chair, and members John A. Bergfeld, MD; Robert W. Bucholz, MD; James D. Heckman, MD; James H. Herndon, MD; Mark D. Miller, MD; and Augustus A. White III, MD, PhD—is actively soliciting qualified nominees for the following positions:

  • Second vice president
  • Board member-at-large (no age designation)
  • Board member-at-large (younger than age 45 on March 21, 2013)
  • Member, AAOS National Membership Committee
  • Four nominees, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Information required

Recommendations for individuals to fill one of these offices should include the specific position(s) and a paragraph stating why the candidate(s) being nominated are uniquely qualified for the position(s). It is the responsibility of the nominator to contact each candidate before submitting the recommendation to ascertain the individual’s willingness to serve if elected. This information should be submitted to the AAOS Office of General Counsel, AAOS, 6300 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill. 60018, by Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Recently, an email message from Dr. Zuckerman was sent to all eligible AAOS Fellows. The email included a link for those who want to submit nominations online. The online version of this article also contains the link to the nomination form.

Individuals who are nominated and agree to serve will be asked to submit the following information:

  • A personal statement of no more than 300 words telling why they believe they will be able to serve the AAOS in an exemplary manner in the position(s) for which they are being considered
  • A list of previous involvement in AAOS activities (such as providing lectures at the Annual Meeting or serving on AAOS councils, cabinets, or committees) for the Nominating Committee’s information
  • A list of leadership positions held in other orthopaedic or nonorthopaedic organizations
  • An abbreviated Curriculum Vitae of no more than eight pages in length

In addition, nominees will be required to participate in the enhanced AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program and to identify potential conflicts of interest.

As in recent years, the 2013 Nominating Committee has agreed to “cast a wide net” for candidates for the positions to be filled. The committee unanimously wants the selection process to be one that could be characterized as open and inclusive, completely transparent, scrupulously fair, appropriate in light of the AAOS strategic plan and goals, and capable of identifying those leaders who would be most able to help AAOS meet the challenges of the next decade.

The 2013 Nominating Committee will present its slate of nominees to the fellowship by Nov. 21, 2012.

Richard N. Peterson, JD, is the AAOS general counsel.