Ethics and Content Validation
Subcommittee (ECVSC)

AO North America Ethics and Content Validation Subcommittee (ECVSC)

Glenn R. Rechtine, II, MD, FACS (Chair)

Black Mountain, NC

James L. Hughes, MD, FACS
(Immediate Past Chair)

Prof. Emeritus UMMC
Medical Director BMHT Brandon, MS

Terry S. Axelrod, MD, FRCSC

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Toronto Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, ON Canada

Fred G. Fedok, MD, FACS

Chief of Staff
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center

Immediate Past - President
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Alabama Contact Info:

Fedok Plastic Surgery
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Foley, Alabama

Adjunct Professor

Department of Surgery
The University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL

Spencer Johnston, VMD, DACVS

University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine
Athens, GA

Robert Molinari, MD

Chief, Division of Spinal Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

AO North America Content Validation Subcommittee

Roles and Responsibilities

In July 2005, the CME Advisory Board (CMEAB) established the Content Validation SubCommittee (CVSC). The roles and responsibilities of the subcommittee expanded over the past few years and in 2009 the name was changed to the Ethics and Content Validation Subcommittee (ECVSC). The subcommittee consists of one representative from each specialty recommended by their respective Education Committee. There is no term limit for service on this subcommittee.

The ECVSC serves to identify, resolve, and/or arbitrate any conflicts of interest or bias issues that may arise during the planning and implementation of educational activities within any of the specialty areas or with day to day operational and business practices of AO North America. This subcommittee may develop policies, procedures, and guidelines upon request of the CMEAB or AONA leadership.

The roles and responsibilities of the ECVSC include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring all educational activities meet the definition of CME and content is objective, fair balanced, scientifically based on best available evidence, and without commercial bias or influence
  • Developing materials and tools to assist course chairs, directors, evaluators, and faculty understand their role and responsibility regarding financial disclosure and the Conflict of Interest
  • Identification and Resolution (COIR) process
  • Providing assistance and serving as a resource to AONA leadership, committees, faculty and staff on regulatory compliance, content validity, or bias issues
  • Reviewing the COIR process for consistency in implementation and documentation; Refining process as needed
  • Monitoring educational activities in each specialty for compliance (Each ECVSC member will monitor at least one course per year in their respective specialty)
  • Reviewing evaluation summaries and address bias ratings of greater than 10% with respective Education Committee chair and/or course chair(s)
  • Assuring integrity of AONA’s overall CME program with regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Developing action plans to adjudicate compliance violations that could compromise the accreditation status of AONA; assure action plans are implemented
  • Developing policies, procedures, and guidelines as requested by the CMEAB or AONA leadership


ECVSC members have the following qualifications:

  • Senior AONA Faculty member
  • A solid understanding of regulatory requirements (i.e., ACCME, RACE), particularly the “Updated Standards for Commercial Support”
  • Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of the Education Committees and the CME Advisory Board
  • Dedication to the integrity of AONA’s accredited provider status


Ex-officio members include:

  • Chairman, CME Advisory Board
  • Director, Continuing Medical Education
  • Compliance Manager

Tutorial For COI

Tutorial For COI

Please click the below link to view Tutorial For COI (PDF).

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