"Outcomes and Effectiveness in Musculoskeletal Research and Practice," a symposium sponsored by the Academy, will be held on Sept.29-Oct. 1 in San Diego. The Academy's Committee on Outcomes Studies is sponsoring the symposium which provides participants with an overview of the history and basis for outcomes research; a comprehensive review of current research methodologies; and insight into the role and impact of outcomes research on the practice of medicine. A series of software vendors who are collaborating with the Academy on a pilot test of a national musculoskeletal outcomes data collection program will be present to discuss their work and demonstrate the tools they have developed to help physicians collect and interpret outcomes data in their practices. Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD, symposium chairman, has assembled a distinguished faculty, including neurosurgeons Sidney Tolchin, MD, and Richard M. Toselli, MD, to present the program's content. These experts in the outcomes research field will present their information in a series of plenary and breakout sessions including an update on the federal government's current initiatives related to outcomes research and funding opportunities. The breakout sessions also are designed to provide participants with an opportunity to interface with faculty and colleagues about individual projects. The symposium is open to orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, musculoskeletal researchers, residents, fellows, and allied health professionals. Enrollment is to 200 participants. To register, contact the Academy's department of customer service, (800) 626-6726.