Published 5/1/2013
Richard N. Peterson, JD

It’s Time to Vote!

Consolidated balloting for 2014 AAOS Nominating Committee, Resolutions

It’s time to cast your ballots for individuals to serve on the 2014 AAOS Nominating Committee and to decide whether to adopt or retain certain AAOS resolutions.

Once again, 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 the proposed resolutions at the same time.

Online voting process
Here’s how the voting process works:

  • If you are eligible to vote and have provided the AAOS with an email address, you should already have received a personalized email with your Member ID and a direct link to the voting site. Clicking on the link will take you directly to the balloting information.
  • If you are eligible to vote and have not provided AAOS with an email address but have a fax number on file, you should have received a ballot and balloting information by fax.
  • If you have not provided AAOS with an email address or fax number, you 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, including the recommendations of the Board of Councilors (BOC), Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), Board of Directors, and AAOS Resolutions Committee.

The adoption of resolutions requires that at least 20 percent of the total Fellowship (approximately 5,000 Active, Inactive, or Emeritus Fellows) must cast ballots. In addition, at least 50 percent of those voting must vote in favor of a resolution 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 that no more than two are in practice in the same state.

Cast your ballot today
Several important resolutions are being considered this year. Nine AAOS resolutions have been reviewed and, with some modifications, are being recommended to be retained or rescinded.

Nineteen orthopaedic surgeons who were nominated during the Business Meeting held at the 2013 Annual Meeting are standing for election to the 2014 AAOS Nominating Committee (Table 1). Those six who are elected will serve with John J. Callaghan, MD, former AAOS president, who has been appointed by the Board of Directors to chair the 2014 Nominating Committee.

Ballots must be submitted to the AAOS by Friday, May 24, 2013, to be counted. As a Fellow, you help shape the future direction and work of the AAOS through your votes on resolutions 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

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