December 2003 AAOS Report

Learn more about present as well as future at AAOS Annual Meeting

If you want to see the future of orthopaedics, make plans to attend the 2004 AAOS Annual Meeting. Included are scientific, poster and technical exhibits; symposia; "Up Close and Personal" sessions and instructional courses that will give you a better handle on orthopaedics today-and in the future. Arrange your schedule to include the 71st Annual Meeting of the AAOS, which will be held in San Francisco, March 10-14.

Located in the Moscone Center, Halls A to E, Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., technical exhibits present the single best opportunity to compare products, attend demonstrations and have questions answered by representatives from more than 400 companies around the world. More than 60 new companies will be exhibiting at this Annual Meeting, and they will be located in Hall C. You will not want to miss the Technology Pavilion in the Moscone Center, Hall D. You can schedule time during exhibit hours to attend complimentary 30-minute presentations on PowerPoint, digital/medical imaging and other computer-related products and applications for the healthcare professional. All registered medical attendees will receive coupons in their on-site registration packets to take to AAOS redemption centers located in the exhibit halls. A complimentary tote bag and a CD-ROM of the Meetings Proceedings will be given to all attendees who turn in their coupons. In addition, coupons will be collected on Thursday and Friday, to draw for exciting prizes - airfare to the AAOS 2005 Annual Meeting, hand-held computers (PDAs), digital cameras and AAOS gift certificates.

On Friday, March 12, 2004 1-3 p.m., in the Gateway Ballroom, a symposium will take up one of the hottest topics today: tort reform. The symposium will include discussions on the current tort reform crisis and will review the federal legislative landscape, as well as successful state models where reform has worked. Speakers include Donald Palmisano, MD, from the American Medical Association; Victor Schwartz, American Tort Reform Association and David Teuscher, MD. AAOS Second Vice President Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, will moderate the symposium.

The Volunteer Wall features the names of more than 1,500 Academy volunteers. Committee members, course and Annual Meeting faculty, editors and council members are all acknowledged on the Volunteer Wall.
For more Annual Meeting details, refer to the preliminary program or visit the Annual Meeting Web site.

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