June 1999 AAOS Report
Academy board approves panel to develop education in comprehensive nonoperative care
The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy), meeting May 21, approved the formation of an oversight panel to develop a structure for education in comprehensive, nonoperative care of the foot, spine, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The Board approved the development of a model ethics curriculum for orthopaedic residency programs that includes a video series and handout material depicting ethical issues orthopaedists face and how best to address these issues. This will be a combined project with the Academic Orthopaedic Society and the American Orthopaedic Association. Continued discussions with other national medical specialty societies for the development of a physician-based patient education web site also was approved. A task force will be formed to establish goals and examine options for the development of a so-called web "Super-Site." In other action, the Board approved a three-year international business plan; further discussions to develop an arthroscopic simulator using virtual reality technology; and the formation of a workgroup on the "troubled physician" to develop a workbook for orthopaedic residency program directors.