February 2002 AAOS Report

It's 'first and goal' as AAOS opens its 69th Annual Meeting

As they say in the NFL, it's just about kick-off time for the 2002 Annual Meeting in Dallas, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 and concluding on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002. If you have not yet registered, on-site registration will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Dallas Convention Center.
AAOS President Richard Gelberman, MD, will preside over the Opening Ceremony, on Feb. 13 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. At the ceremony, two orthopaedic surgeons will be honored for their humanitarian efforts, and winners of the Kappa Delta and OREF research awards will be presented. Past President James W. Strickland, MD, will deliver the welcome address to new members.
The AAOS ceremonial meeting will start at 8 a.m. Friday morning in Ballroom C of the Dallas Convention Center. Vernon T. Tolo, MD, will present his first vice presidential address, "The Challenges of Change: Is Orthopaedics Ready?" Following Dr. Tolo, historian and commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak on President Lincoln and the history of the U.S. presidency. The AAOS Business Meetings will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Two open hearings will be conducted during the meeting in Room D275 of the convention center. The Bylaws Committee will hold an open hearing regarding the proposed Bylaw amendments on Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 1 p.m. The Resolutions Committee open hearing regarding the proposed resolutions will be on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 8-10 a.m.
The technical exhibits will be open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to use the coupon in your packet to obtain a CD-ROM of the 2002 Proceedings Book and enter the drawings for prizes at the redemption counters located throughout the exhibit halls.
Friday, Feb. 15 offers a variety of social activities. The Instructional Course Dinner will feature Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind mountain climber to scale Mt. Everest. Or join your colleagues for an evening of pure Texas entertainment at an authentic Texas BBQ, complete with a mechanical bull to test your rodeo skills. Friday evening provides outstanding entertainment with five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter at the AAOS President's Benefit for OREF. If you haven't ordered your tickets, you can purchase them on-site in the registration area in Lobby D.
A program being introduced this year is the Communication Skills Workshop: The Medical Interview. This is an interactive session conducted by orthopaedic mentors using video vignettes of orthopaedic patient encounters and the Bayer Institute educational model.
Don't miss the Technology Pavilion located in Hall E of the convention center. See the latest in technology and learn from the experts' about PowerPoint and searching the Internet. The technical exhibits and Technology Pavilion will be open just three days -Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The AAOS Committee on Aging invites those with an interest in the musculoskeletal care of the aging patient to a breakfast meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:30-8 a.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Room 407. The focus will be "Aging and Ethnicity: Different Problems, Different Solutions," and will feature Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH. There is no cost for the breakfast, which is being funded by 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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