BOC Committee Structure

The BOC works with the Board of Specialty Societies on the following three BOC/BOS committees:

Bylaws Review Committee

  • Hold an Open Hearing during the Fall Meeting for amendments to the AAOS Bylaws to be proposed (as described in the AAOS Bylaws).
  • Prepare a report, in executive session, after the Open Hearing.
  • Present to the BOC and BOS the Committee's recommended actions on the proposed amendment(s).
  • The BOC Chair shall present the voted BOC recommendations on the amendments to the AAOS Board of Directors.
  • As appropriate, during the BOC business meeting at the AAOS Annual Meeting the Bylaws Committee may present its report and recommendations and the BOC's position regarding each of the proposed Bylaws amendments being considered.

Professionalism Committee

  • Meet as needed to address proposed new and revisions to existing Standards of Professionalism. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Committee Chair and the BOC Chair.
  • Provide assistance and feedback to the AAOS.
  • Draft proposed new Standards of Professionalism.

Resolutions Committee

  • Hold an Open Hearing during the NOLC and Fall Meeting for AAOS Resolutions and/or BOC/BOS Advisory Opinions to be proposed (as described in the AAOS Bylaws).
  • Prepare a report, in executive session, after the Open Hearing.
  • Present to the BOC and BOS the Committee's recommended actions on the proposed AAOS resolutions and/or BOC/BOS Advisory Opinions.
  • The BOC Chair shall present the voted BOC recommendations on the proposed AAOS Resolutions and BOC/BOS Advisory Opinions to the AAOS Board of Directors.
  • As appropriate, during the BOC business meeting at the AAOS Annual Meeting, the Resolutions Committee may present its report and recommendations and the BOC's position regarding each of the proposed resolutions/advisory opinion(s) being considered.

Much of the work completed by the BOC occurs within its various committees:

Communications Committee

  • Oversee the publication of information to the Fellowship about BOC meetings.
  • Manage the BOC section of the AAOS Website.
  • Encourage communication among Councilors and their constituents.
  • Provide input to the AAOS Communications Cabinet regarding general communications issues affecting the AAOS, members and the public
  • Provide reports at each BOC meeting on committee activities.

Economic Issues Committee

  • Assist the AAOS to become an economic advocate for the orthopaedist and to distribute this economic information to the members of the AAOS.
  • Educate the committee and membership as needed with historical, current, and futuristic presentations and discussions.
  • Discuss ways to ensure preservation of the practice of orthopaedics and preserve the physician patient relationship.
  • Prioritize the economic issues facing orthopaedic surgeons and utilize available actions to the committee to educate and support both advisory opinions and resolutions.
  • Communicate with the other committees of BOC as needed to help advance advocacy of economic issues for orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Communicate with the Health Care Systems Committee of the AAOS to help coordinate efforts and avoid duplications.
  • Enable the AAOS to move forward as an advocate to strengthen orthopaedic practices and in turn strengthen the AAOS.

Evaluation Committee

  • Meet up to two times a year - at the NOLC and Fall Meeting and prepare a report concerning its evaluation of the BOC activities. The report shall include the Committee's thoughts and recommendations regarding all BOC meetings and other BOC activities.
  • Present this report to the BOC at its business meeting during the Annual Meeting.
  • Engage in special projects as needed and directed by the Executive Committee.

Nominating Committee

  • Meet in a timely fashion following its election and identify potential nominees during the NOLC, if possible, or within 30 days following the meeting.
  • Interview all potential nominees.
  • Consider potential nominees' enhanced disclosure information and Plans for Active Management (PAM) developed by the Committee on Outside Interests, and whether the PAM has been agreed to by the nominee.
  • Select at least one (1) candidate for the position of Secretary and at least one (1) candidate for the position of Chair-Elect. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall ask each candidate to serve, explaining the duties and time commitments necessary for the term of office.
  • Inform, via email, the BOC of its slate of candidates no later than 30 days before the Fall Meeting.

Research and Quality Committee

  • Enhance, facilitate, and maintain communications between the Council on Research & Quality (CORQ) and its subcommittees and the BOC
  • Advise on the potential impact of upcoming Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs), and Performance Measures on members
  • Participate in identifying future topics for CPGs, AUCs, and Performance Measures
  • Provide reports at each BOC meeting on committee activities, upcoming CPGs, AUCs, and Performance Measures, and the status of Research Quality endeavors.

State Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee

  • Administer and monitor the effectiveness of the State Health Policy Action Fund to assist state societies in dealing with state legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Provide state orthopaedic societies with ideas for strengthening their health policy capabilities.
  • Develop strategies for the AAOS and state orthopaedic societies to effectively address state health policy issues.

State Orthopaedic Societies Committee

  • Develop mechanisms for review of the current status of state orthopaedic societies.
  • Pursue strategies to strengthen and foster development of state orthopaedic societies.
  • Administer and monitor the effectiveness of the AAOS State Orthopaedic Society Assistance Fund and any other funds which the committee has been assigned to administer.
  • Provide reports at each BOC meeting on committee activities, issues of concern to state orthopaedic societies and the status of state orthopaedic societies.