January 2003 AAOS Report

Annual Meeting, the educational event of the year, coming soon!

If you registered in advance for the Annual Meeting, go directly to the Check-In and Final Program pick-up counters, located in the Hall D Lobby of the Morial Convention Center, beginning Tuesday, February 4 at 2 p.m. On-site registration counters dedicated to members will also be available. Meeting dates are Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003. For more information on educational programs, activities and services at the meeting, visit the AAOS Web site at www.aaos.org and click on Annual Meeting. Try the Scheduler on the AAOS Web site to develop your personalized schedule for the meeting.

A symposium has just been added to the schedule. "Arthroscopic Surgery and Osteoarthritis of the Knee," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom. William W. Tipton Jr., MD, will serve as moderator.
The session will focus on The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) current review of the payment policy for arthroscopy in the osteoarthritic knee based on the New England Journal of Medicine article, "A Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee." The symposium's purpose is to discuss the appropriate role of arthroscopy in osteoarthritis of the knee, with emphasis on such topics as efficacy, the role of arthroscopic debridement and lavage, and specific indications.

All Fellows are urged to attend the Annual Business Meetings held in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom of the Morial Convention Center. The meetings will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. There will be one business meeting for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, immediately followed by the business meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the 501(c)(6) organization.

The "World's Fair" of exhibits includes more than 400 companies displaying their products and services in Halls E through I(1) of the Morial Convention Center. Companies specializing in implants, bone and tissue products, computer software and practice management, including publishers and numerous other products and services related to the specialty of orthopaedics will be featured. The exhibit halls will be open Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The halls will not be open on Saturday or Sunday. Visit the AAOS Web site www.aaos.org to view the list of companies and products that will be on display in New Orleans. Admission to the exhibit hall is by badge only.

All medical attendees will receive coupons upon check-in that can only be redeemed at the AAOS Redemption Centers located in the exhibit halls. A complimentary tote bag and a CD-ROM of the proceedings will be distributed from these centers. In addition, on Thursday and Friday, coupons will be collected for drawings for other complimentary items, including airfare to the 2004 Annual Meeting, handheld computers and digital cameras. Attendance at over 180 Instructional Courses and Surgical Technique Courses is by ticket only. To attend an Instructional Course, all participants must register and pay the appropriate course fee. Course titles and descriptions are available on the Annual Meeting Web site and can be searched by day, topic and faculty.


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