July 1995 AAOS Report

Satellite broadcast planned for OLC

The Academy is planning its first live satellite television broadcast from the Orthopaedic Learning Center. Scheduled to take place on Nov. 17, the 2 1/2 hour interactive program, "Contemporary Issues in Advanced Techniques of the Spine: Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery," is a segment of an Academy surgical skills course. "We are looking to attract orthopaedic departments of hospitals and universities to register to view the live broadcast," said course chairman Edward N. Hanley Jr., MD. "We believe that the program will benefit members who are unable to attend the entire course. Residency programs also will find this event a valuable addition to their teaching programs." Two live surgical demonstrations are planned for the satellite broadcast, along with lectures on upper and lower cervical spine fusion, cervical decompression (laminectomy/laminaplasty), and cervical laminoforaminotomy. Viewers of the program will be able to ask questions of the faculty via a special phone hook-up. "Taking advantage of communications technology to deliver education to members is a primary goal of the Academy," said Dr. Hanley. "Offering this unique form of interactive education is just one of the ways to help us keep current in our field." Other course faculty participating in the satellite broadcast include Paul A. Anderson, MD; Rick B. Delamarter, MD; Frank J. Eismont, MD; Henry N. Herkowtiz, MD; and Steven R. Garfin, MD. The registration fee is $150 for each hospital or university providing viewing services for its faculty and staff. The program may be videotaped for later viewing. Groups interested in registering for the live satellite broadcast can contact the Academy's customer service department, (800) 626-6726.

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