Why Disclosure?

AAOS policy requires all members involved in organizational governance, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs) and Performance Measures (PMs) development, CME faculty or authors of enduring materials, editors-in-chief and editorial boards to complete the AAOS mandatory disclosure information. As an accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME), the Academy is required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to obtain and share with participants of any AAOS CME activity any potential conflicts of interest by faculty, program developers, and CME planners. The ACCME Standards of Commercial Support, Standard 2 states the requirements:

2.1 The provider must be able to show that everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to the provider.

2.2 An individual who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of CME, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity.

The AAOS Mandatory Disclosure Policy for Governance Groups (except Board of Directors), Continuing Medical Education Contributors, Senior Management Team Members, and Others requires that faculty submit all financial relationships with industry occurring within the past 12 months.

Each participant in the Annual Meeting has been asked to disclose if he or she has received something of value from any commercial interest. Their disclosures reflect questions answered by all persons participating in the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program, which is available at www.aaos.org/disclosure .

The Academy does not view the existence of these disclosed interests or commitments as necessarily implying bias or decreasing the value of the author’s participation in the meeting; however, these data are offered to the audience as additional information that may be helpful in evaluating the educational presentations. Disclosure information is required to be submitted at the time of abstract submission and then again (to update if necessary) after acceptance. The disclosures in this list are in compliance and current with the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program as of October 1, 2016.

In an effort to increase transparency and to protect both AAOS and its members, two additional policies relating to disclosure also exist:

• AAOS Policy for a Fellow or Member Who Fails to Disclose Conflicts of Interest When Required

• AAOS Policy for a Fellow or Member Who Fails to Disclose Conflicts of Interest Accurately and Completely

To view the disclosures of those listed on an Orthopaedic Video Theater Paper, Poster, Scientific Exhibit and/or Symposia, please go to www.aaos.org/disclosure and go to Search and View Disclosures.  You are able to select the meeting and search by event; or you can search for an individual by last name.