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Professionalism in Publishing
Peter J. Mandell, MD1
1 Chair, AAOS Committee on Professionalism, 1663 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, e-mail: pjm7383@pacbell.net
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Feb 01;89(2):448-448
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To The Editor:I applaud JBJS for emphasizing the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' mandatory Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) for publishing and reporting in the editorial "Professionalism in Publishing" (2006;88:2323-5) by Brand et al. Thank you for raising awareness of the AAOS Professional Compliance Program (PCP), the SOPs on Research and Academic Responsibilities, and the AAOS grievance procedure.I wish to point out that this editorial contains an error related to the procedure for grievances and their appeals as well as a couple of statements that may lead to some confusion. Near its end, the editorial states, "(w)hen the AAOS Board of Directors makes a recommendation for action, either the grievant or the respondent may file an appeal." Actually, the Board of Directors receives recommendations on professional compliance actions from the AAOS Committee on Professionalism and, if there is an appeal, from the AAOS Judiciary Committee. Grievants and/or respondents may appear before the board as well. However, Board decisions are final regarding any professional compliance actions taken against AAOS Fellows or members. Board decisions take effect immediately and are not subject to further AAOS review, consideration, or appeal. Appeals are heard by the Judiciary Committee before consideration by the Board of Directors.
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