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Published 3/1/2015
Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD; Richard N. Peterson, JD

AAOS Implements New Disclosure Protocol

Effective with the 2015 Annual Meeting, all Academy educational programs will have streamlined disclosure requirements. This new system is designed to simplify and unify the disclosure processes across all Academy educational events and materials, while remaining consistent with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

For several years, AAOS has been considering the most appropriate and balanced process of projecting disclosure in all AAOS continuing medical education (CME) events. Various disclosure pilots were conducted at the 2013 and 2014 AAOS Annual Meetings. After considerable discussion, and upon the recommendation of the Annual Meeting Committee and the Committee on Outside Interests, the AAOS Board of Directors has adopted a new protocol for disclosures at all AAOS CME events.

The new disclosure protocol requires the following:

  • At the beginning of each presentation, the moderator or speaker will project a visual, prepared by the AAOS, with one of the following statements:“I (and my co-authors) have nothing to disclose.” “I (and/or my co-authors) have something to disclose.” This visual will also include a referral to the “My Academy” app, the printed Final Program, or the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program on the AAOS website for more detailed disclosure information.
  • The expectation is that this visual will be projected for 3 seconds.
  • AAOS staff will determine which visual will be projected, based on the participants’ disclosures reported in the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program. AAOS will provide the appropriate visual to all speakers several weeks prior to the Annual Meeting or CME event.
  • If a speaker fails to project the disclosure visual, the moderator should ask the speaker to provide verbal disclosure.
  • Failure by speakers to adhere to this protocol will result in sanctions that may include prohibitions on speaking at future AAOS CME events, including the Annual Meeting.

This new disclosure process should be helpful to all presenters and will provide meeting and CME event attendees a notice of whether the speaker has any connections with industry as well as the opportunity to drill down further if interested.

Any questions on this policy should be emailed to disclosure@aaos.org

Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, chairs the AAOS Committee on Outside Interests; Richard N. Peterson, JD, is the AAOS General Counsel.