February 2001 AAOS Report

Annual Meeting 2001 set to start on February 28 in San Francisco

The 68th Annual Meeting of AAOS will begin in San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and conclude on Sunday, March 4, 2001. On-site registration will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb, 27 at the Moscone Convention Center. On Wednesday evening, from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 28, three "Up Close and Personal" sessions will be held in the convention center. Topics include "Injuries to the Hand and Wrist;" "Foot Reconstruction;" and "Lower Extremity Trauma." These sessions do not require a ticket. Also presented are six instructional courses from 6-8 p.m. Posters and scientific exhibits along with the multimedia education center will remain open until 7 p.m.

On Friday morning, starting at 8 a.m., the AAOS ceremonial meeting will be held, which includes the first vice presidential address by Richard H. Gelberman, MD. The presidential guest speaker, Mitch Albom, is a best-selling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press. His book, Tuesdays with Morrie, remained a #1 New York Times best-seller for 100 weeks and remains there.

The Academy will conduct its business meeting from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday March 2, in the Gateway Ballroom of the Moscone Center, followed by the business meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing on the proposed resolutions on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the Franciscan Ballroom, Sections I and II of the Argent Hotel. The Bylaws Committee will conduct an Open Hearing on Thursday, March 1, 2001, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the same location.

AAOS President S. Terry Canale, MD, will preside over the Opening Ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. At the ceremony, two individuals will be honored for their humanitarian efforts, and winners of the Kappa Delta and OREF research awards will be presented. The technical exhibits, held in Halls A, B, C and D of the Moscone Convention Center will be open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday, March 2, the AAOS President's Benefit for OREF will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton & Towers Grand Ballroom. Original Al Jardine's Family and Friends Beach Band will perform. Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, sons of legend Rick Nelson, will also perform. Tickets are $125 at the convention center.

A limited number of complimentary copies of the Academy's Managing Orthopaedic Malpractice Risk, Second Edition, will be available on request-one copy per Academy Fellow-at the pickup station in the Resource Center at the Annual Meeting.

The AAOS Osteoporosis Special Interest Group will meet during the Annual Meeting on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m. in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Steven Cummings, MD, University of San Francisco, will be guest speaker.

Hometown Radio gives orthopaedists at the Annual Meeting the opportunity to record segments on a topic of their choice. The segments are fed from the Moscone Center to stations in each member's hometown or state. To sign up for a limited number of time slots, call Addy Kujawa in the Public and Media Relations Department at (847) 384-4032.

The AAOS Aging Committee invites meeting attendees to learn more about musculoskeletal care of aging patients at a breakfast meeting on Thursday, March 1, 2001, 6:30-8 a.m. at the Argent Hotel, City Room. The meeting will focus on "The Prevention of Aging" with a panel discussion on options available for staying active and vital. Panel participants will include speakers on conventional care and alternative therapies. The invitation is to all who are interested to learn more about this growing patient population. There is no charge for the breakfast, which is being funded by a grant from the American Geriatrics Society. To register, contact Donna Siwek, at (800) 346-2267, ext. 4136, or by e-mail, siwek@aaos.org.

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