In preparation for any endorsement, review or comment request from a third‐party organization or governmental body or representative (e.g. ACGME, AAMC, or other similar association/society) (the “Requester”), the following procedure will be implemented to facilitate a collaborative response from the American Orthopaedic Association, including the AOA’s Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) Institutional Membership and/or other AOA stakeholders.

Review and Comment
  1. Where applicable to the AOA mission and as supported by AOA leadership, third party requests for endorsement or comment will be considered by the organization when Requester timelines allow for such consideration.
  2. Based on the submission due date provided by Requester, the responsible staff liaison will create a timeline for the pertinent AOA liaison and/or committee to review and recommend for approval or comment to meet requested response deadlines, as well as highlight any challenges or questions that need to be addressed.
  3. Using the feedback received, staff will prepare a draft reply in the format requested by the Requester for approval by the appropriate AOA group.
    • Where appropriate, a draft of this response will be placed online in a standardized location such as the CORD Community webpage.
    • Where appropriate, an e‐mail communication to the pertinent membership group will be sent, providing deadline dates for feedback.
  4. After the deadline, staff will review the comments provided from members and incorporate the feedback or modify the document as needed.
  5. The revised document will be sent to the Committee Chair and/or Liaison, where appropriate, for approval, as appropriate.
  6. Where endorsement or organizational sign‐on or support is requested, the approved draft will be provided to the Executive Committee with a deadline for comment. This communication will include:
    • The original communication from the Requester
    •  Any supporting documentation
    • The statement recommended for approval
    • Identification of the AOA liaison, group or committee that has had opportunity to respond/comment

The final approved document will be forwarded to the Requester and posted to the AOA Statements of Support webpage.