July 2004 AAOS Report

Attend AAOS-sponsored workers' comp programs

Workers’ compensation is an issue in the forefront of the orthopaedic practice. The Academy’s “Comprehensive Occupational Orthopaedics and Workers’ Compensation CME program,” will be held from Nov. 5-7 in Costa Mesa, Calif. J. Mark Melhorn, MD, is the course director. The 2004 Occupational Orthopaedics program will present an in-depth review of treating workplace injuries with a special focus on return-to-work issues. For registration information contact the Academy’s customer service department at (800) 626-6726.

For California members, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment: The Basics, 5th Edition will focus on the 2004 Workers’ Compensation reforms in California, which mandate that physicians use the AMA Guides to determine disability ratings as of Jan. 1, 2005. This subject will be the basis for a one-day course being offered twice this November in California. Co-sponsored by AAOS, the California Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, the course will instruct participants on how to use the guides to determine musculoskeletal physical injury and impairments. The courses will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., one in Oakland on Wednesday, Nov. 3 and the other in Irvine (Orange County) on Nov. 4. The course has been designated to carry a maximum of 8 Category I CME credits.

Course co-directors are Dr. Melhorn; Peter Mandell, MD; and Norman Zemel, MD. The faculty consists of Dr. Melhorn, Robert Haralson III, MD, and James Talmage, MD.

The fee for AAOS members is $300. To obtain more information and a registration form, send a fax to COA at (916) 454-9882, write to 5380 Elvas Ave., #221, Sacramento, Calif., 95819, or call (916) 454-9884. Space is limited.

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