AAOS Report - February, 2006

Katrina symposium to look at practice preservation, leadership

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita affected millions of Americans living on the Gulf Coast and the orthopaedic community was among those hit hard. During the 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Barry Riemer, MD—chair of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans Orthopaedic Residency Program—will moderate a symposium, “Lessons of Katrina: Personal, Professional and Ethical” on Thursday, March 23, 2006, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Room Lakeside E353.

Three survivors of Hurricane Katrina and an expert in business/insurance issues will discuss the impact of a natural disaster on an orthopaedic practice and orthopaedic surgeons and their patients. Underlying the discussions will be the theme of the physician as leader—providing direction to colleagues, hospital/practice staff members and families in the most extreme circumstances. Practical advice will be given on how to preserve practice and patient records, as well as on insurance issues that can devastate a practice in the aftermath of any natural disaster.

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