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October 2017 Bylaws & Constitution Ballot

Thursday, August 31, 2017  
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On August 5, 2017, the AOCD Board of Trustees met to discuss strategic planning and AOCD’s future. Out of that planning session came recommendations regarding committee structure.  The AOCD Board of Trustees, along with the help of the By-Laws Committee comprised of Chairperson, Jim Young, D.O., David Grice, D.O., Steve Grekin, D.O., Michelle Bruner, D.O., and Ralph Fiore, D.O., have reviewed the By-Laws and Constitution of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and are presenting the following changes to the general membership for a vote. A 30 day comment period opens August 31, 2017 and closes September 29, 2017.

Please take some time to review the proposed changes to the AOCD By-Laws and Constitution.  New wording is in BOLD CAPS and wording to be removed is lined out.  A rationale for these changes is included below each item. A copy of the current By-Laws and Constitution can be found HERE.

An electronic vote will take place October 13-18, 2017.  Please contact the AOCD office if you would like a paper ballot.

To place your vote electronically, members will be asked to sign in on our web page with their user ID and password.

Click here to go to the electronic ballot.
(Please note: the ballot will not be active until voting opens on October 13. Until then, this link will direct you to the AOCD homepage.)

Please do not hesitate to contact the AOCD office if you have questions.

 

AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC COLLEGE OF DERMATOLOGY BYLAWS

ARTICLE 1   NOMINATION, ELECTION, TENURE, AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS

Section 3.      Tenure and Responsibilities

 

H. The chair of the Education Evaluation Committee shall be a permanent voting member of the Executive Committee.


RATIONALE: THE EEC WILL BE PHASED OUT DUE TO ACGME.  

 

 

 

ARTICLE II   BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND STANDING COMMITTEES

 

Section 1.      Voting Members

 

The voting members of the Board shall consist of the President, President-elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Third Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Education Evaluation Committee Chair, Immediate Past President, AND THE six (6) Trustees. and an appointed representative of the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.  In addition, the Executive Director, THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC BOARD OF DERMATOLOGY REPRESENTATIVE, and the Resident Liaison shall attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees as non-voting members.


RATIONALE: THE EEC WILL BE PHASED OUT DUE TO ACGME. THE AOBD IS A SEPARATE ENTITY UNDER THE AOA, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A DEGREE OF SEPARATION.

 

 

 

Section 4.      Standing Committees and Representatives

 

The standing committees shall be: AAD Liaison, Awards, Bylaws, CME, Editorial/Public Relations, Education Evaluating, Ethics, Fellow of Distinction, Finance, Historical, In-Training Examination, Meeting Site Selection, Membership, Nominating and Program Directors FACULTY DEVELOPMENT.  Unless indicated otherwise in the committee descriptions, all committee members shall be appointed annually by the President and ratified by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.  All standing committees shall report to the Board of Trustees.

 

A.    AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY LIAISON:  This committee shall consist of a Chairperson and members appointed by the president.  These members will serve to present the issues of the AOCD which are important to our college to the appropriate members of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and to bring issues from the AAD appropriate to the AOCD back to our college president and Board of Trustees.


RATIONALE: COMMITTEE INACTIVE. A SINGLE LIAISON WILL BE BY PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT.

 

 

 

H    FELLOW OF DISTINCTION:  The committee shall consist of a Chairperson and members of Fellow of Distinction status appointed by the President This committee shall establish the criteria for Fellow of Distinction and will submit it to the Board of Trustees for approval by three-fourths (3/4) of the voting members of the Board of Trustees.  The Fellow of Distinction Committee shall evaluate candidates’ applications based upon their criteria and report their recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  The Board shall forward their recommendations to the general membership for ratification at the annual business meeting. 


RATIONALE: MERGE THIS COMMITTEE WITH MEMBERSHIP. 
MEMBERS WOULD BE APPOINTED TO THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.

 

 

 

J.    Grants Committee: The Committee shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, and a minimum of three (3) members. The Grants Committee is charged with coordinating the procurement of grant funding to further the interests and goals of the AOCD and its members by obtaining grants to cover costs at AOCD Meetings.  The Committee shall review and recommend criteria for grant applications and awards according to contemporary funding circumstances


RATIONALE: COMMITTEE INACTIVE. DUTIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY STAFF.


 

 

K.   HISTORICAL:  The committee shall consist of a Chairperson and additional members as appointed by the President. This committee shall oversee the archives of the College and maintain and update a general history of the College annually.


RATIONALE: COMMITTEE INACTIVE. HISTORICAL INFORMATION IS BEING COMPILED BY STAFF FOR ON-GOING PUBLICATION.

 

 

M.   MEETINGS SITE SELECTION:  This committee shall consisted of a chairperson, the six (6) trustees of the AOCD and two (2) additional members appointed by the president.  These members are charged with polling our college members for particular locations of interest, and then to investigate these sites to determine which ones will present the very best opportunities for our college meetings.  The members of this committee will look for the correct combination of prime meeting space and cost effectiveness which will ensure the meeting site draws the optimum attendance and the best educational experience.


RATIONALE: COMMITTEE INACTIVE. DUTIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY STAFF. SITES ARE REVIEWED BASED ON MEMBER POLLS SENT OUT BY STAFF. BOARD OF TRUSTEES REVIEWS FEASIBILITY OF SITES.

 

 

N.   MEMBERSHIP:  The committee shall consist of a chairperson and additional members appointed by the president. Appointments are for a three (3) year term.  One member shall be appointed each year at the annual meeting.  The Membership Committee shall review and submit written recommendations of applicants for membership to be acted upon by the Board of Trustees. THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE SHALL WORK TO EVALUATE, UPDATE AND EXPLORE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND SERVICES WITH THE GOAL OF MEMBER RETENTION, RECRUITMENT, AND INCLUSIVITY IN MIND. THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE SHALL ALSO EVALUATE CANDIDATES’ FELLOW OF DISTINCTION APPLICATIONS BASED UPON THE CRITERIA AND REPORT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR APPROVAL BY THREE-FOURTHS (3/4) OF THE VOTING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE BOARD SHALL FORWARD THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP FOR RATIFICATION AT THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING.


RATIONALE: TO MERGE THE FELLOW OF DISTINCTION COMMITTEE WITH THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.

 

 

 

O.   NOMINATING:  The Nominating Committee shall consist of the three (3) most recent Past Presidents, the President-Elect, a representative from the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology and aDDITIONAL representativeS from the general membership. The Chairperson shall be the most immediate Past President. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers to the Board of Trustees at least three (3) months prior to the annual meeting.


RATIONALE: THE AOBD IS A SEPARATE ENTITY UNDER THE AOA, AND THERE NEEDS TO BE A DEGREE OF SEPARATION.

 

 

 

P.   FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: PROGRAM DIRECTORS:  The Program Directors Committee shall consist of the Chairperson or vice chairperson of each residency training program.  This committee shall select a chairperson from among their ranks.  This chairperson will report to the Board of Trustees.  This committee shall be charged with monitoring issues of importance in the training of our resident members, overseeing the In-training Examination, monitoring new trends and be proactive in addressing these issues, as well as any other tasks the Board of Trustees charges them with.  THE COMMITTEE SHALL CONSIST OF A CHAIRPERSON AND ADDITIONAL MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT. APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR A THREE (3) YEAR TERM. THIS COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES NEEDED FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION.


RATIONALE: TO CHANGE THE FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR COMMITTEE TO FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY WHICH IS NEEDED IN ACGME PROGRAMS.

 

 

 

ARTICLE V   MEMBERSHIP

Section 4.      Affiliated Specialty Colleges

 

Membership in the AOCD shall be available to osteopathic physicians who have had allopathic postdoctoral training, who are members in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association and are otherwise qualified for such membership.

 

RATIONALE: MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY IS DESCRIBED IN ALL MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.  THIS SECTION IS REDUNDANT.

 

 

 

AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC COLLEGE OF DERMATOLOGY CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE III    MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.      Class of Members

 

Membership in this organization shall consist of the following classifications: fellow, associate, resident, affiliate, fellow of distinction, MILITARY, honorary, life, corporate, and student.


RATIONALE: THE MILITARY CATEGORY WAS NEVER ADDED TO THIS PARAGRAPH AFTER THE CATEGORY WAS CREATED.

 

 

 

E.   FELLOW OF DISTINCTION:  The honorary title of Fellow of Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (FOD) may be conferred on fellow members who have made outstanding contributions through teaching, authorship, research or professional leadership to the stated purposes of the College.  Applicant must have submitted a completed application to the Fellow of Distinction MEMBERSHIP Committee, which will then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  Upon review by the Board of Trustees, the committee recommendation will be submitted to the general membership at the next annual meeting.  Fellow of Distinction status will be conferred upon approval by three fourths (3/4) of the voting members at the annual business meeting.


RATIONALE:  FELLOW OF DISTINCTION COMMITTEE IS BEING MERGED WITH MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE.

 

 

 

Section 3.      Specialty College Membership

 

Membership in the AOCD shall be available to osteopathic physicians who have had allopathic postdoctoral training, who are members in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association, and are otherwise qualified for such membership.


RATIONALE: MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY IS DESCRIBED IN ALL MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.  THIS SECTION IS REDUNDANT.

 


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