January 2004 AAOS Report

If you're going to the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, be sure to register now

San Francisco and the 2004 AAOS Annual Meeting await you. The premier educational event of the orthopaedic community will be held in the City by the Bay March 10-14, 2004. Take advantage of the Meeting's plentiful offerings. There will be more than 179 instructional courses, 31 symposia, 290 paper presentations, 490 poster exhibits, 80 scientific exhibits and 400 technical exhibits. The deadline for registration is Jan. 30, 2004. Using your AAOS ID number, you can still register online. Go to the Annual Meeting page, www.aaos.org, select "Registration" and then "Online Registration and Housing." From the same link, you can add instructional courses to your meeting. If you have any additions, changes or cancellations on your registration, send them by e-mail to amcancels@aaos.org. They can also be faxed to (847) 823-8031. The deadline for cancellations is February 13.

The Annual Meeting is filled with activities that will inspire, including the two notable guest speakers. Judge-turned-Emmy-award-winning-journalist Catherine Crier will speak on "Law and Medicine: Prescription for Reform." Her presentation will be held Thursday, March 11 in the Moscone Center's Gateway Ballroom from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The Fox News host of a one-hour, nightly, live interview program, Ms. Crier converses with the day's top newsmakers. Her no-nonsense approach to her "case against lawyers" should generate discussion among AAOS membership.

Pulitzer-prize-winning author David McCullough will speak on Friday, March 12 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m., also in the Moscone Center's Gateway Ballroom. He has been called "a master of the art of narrative history" and "one of our most gifted writers." The citation that accompanies his honorary degree from Yale University reads, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us a picture of the American people that lives, breathes and above all, confronts the fundamental issues of courage, achievement and moral character." Mr. McCullough will speak on "History as a Source of Strength.
The Ceremonial and Business Meeting will take place on Friday, March 12 at 8 a.m. Robert W. Bucholz, MD, will present the first vice-presidential address followed by guest speaker, Mr. McCullough. The business meeting will immediately follow these presentations.

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