In other action, the board accepted a report of the Task Force on Osteoporosis Education, and said the task force should consider focusing attention on prevention of osteoporosis in young people and it should coordinate its activities with the Task Force on Musculoskeletal Injuries Prevention and Health, which is reviewing the public education activities of the Academy. Last month, the Committee on Public Education designated osteoporosis in young people as its 1999 prevention program.
In a report of the Council on Education, Richard A. Gelberman, MD, chairman, said the Committee on Educational Programming was exploring the desirability of expanding the Academy's courses on business management education. The council believes the changing nature of orthopaedic practice necessitates new types of knowledge and the Academy can be a important source for the members. The council plans to present a variety of programs at the 2000 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Gelberman also disclosed that the council authorized the preparation of a business plan for the development of a knee arthroscopy simulator that uses virtual reality technology.
Augustus A. White III, MD, chairman of the Diversity Committee, reviewed the scope of its activities and the need for increasing the number of women and minorities in orthopaedics. He reported that in addition to mentoring and other programs, the committee was planning a program to reach out to high school students to increase the interest in orthopaedics, address the barriers to include more diversity in orthopaedics and develop a comprehensive education and communication program on cultural competence education.