May 1999 AAOS Report

AAOS holds free CME course at Special Olympics

In conjunction with the Special Olympics 1999 World Summer Games in North Carolina, the Academy will present a 1/2-day continuing medical education course, "Orthopaedic Care for the Special Athlete," June 25 at the Durham Hilton, Durham, N.C. Designed to raise awareness of the musculoskeletal health care needs of people who have mental retardation, the free course also will address psychology, rehabilitation and training in this underserved population. The CME course, which is part of the Academy's Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program, is open to the medical community and allied health professionals. Lowell H. Gill, MD, is course chairman. Admission to "Orthopaedic Care for the Special Athlete" is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, contact the AAOS customer service department at (800) 626-6726. For athletes at the 1999 World Summer Games, the Academy also will hold an "Education and Research Fair" June 26-July 4. At this fair, the Academy will launch its "Happy Feet" research project to gather data on foot and ankle conditions of people who have mental retardation. Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts® comic strip, designed the logo for the Academy's Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program. Volunteers are welcome to participate for any number of days.

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