April 1998 AAOS Report

Continuing medical education credits now can be earned online with the introduction of the 1996 Orthopaedic Special Assessment Examination, Shoulder and Elbow (OSAE) and "Reducing Professional Liability Risks" courses on the Academy’s home page in the "Medical Education" section at http://www.aaos.org. The online OSAE includes questions on the nonsurgical and surgical management of injuries, degenerative problems, arthroplasty and sports-related disorders of the shoulder and elbow. "Reducing Professional Liability Risks" focuses on the Committee on Professional Liability’s work with closed-claims studies and the publication Managing Orthopaedic Malpractice Risk.

Only Academy members can access the online OSAE and "Reducing Professional Liability Risks" by logging on with their AAOS identification numbers. OSAE meets the criteria for 10 hours in Category 1 or Category 2 of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Physician Recognition Award. "Reducing Professional Liability Risks" meets the criteria for two hours of Category 1 credit of the AMA’s Physicians Recognition Award. The cost to enroll in the online OSAE shoulder and elbow examination is $55; orthopaedic surgeons who would like to receive a printed copy of the exam will be charged $80. "Reducing Professional Liability Risks" is available at no charge to Academy members.

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