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Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Free web site offered to AAOS members

Your free Internet web site is now waiting for you.

AAOS is providing all members free web site templates that they can personalize to reach their patients and the public. (You can preview the site in Scientific Exhibit SE005, Hall B2.)

The Internet project is a high priority of 1999 AAOS President Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD, who sees it as a way to enhance the traditional physician-patient relationship, and create a more informed patient. That's why members who use the AAOS Internet web site will be able to link directly to patient education resources on a new patient and public information site - Your Orthopaedic Connection-on the AAOS home page.

If patients are informed prior to their office visit, the time spent with the patient can focus more on exploring solutions to the patient's complaint rather than explaining the problem, says Dr. D'Ambrosia.

AAOS members can choose one of two web site templates that can be personalized and posted on the Internet. Members will be able to display their name and photo, educational background, board certification, focus and affiliations. They will be able to list their office location with a street map, their office hours and insurance plans accepted.

The web site also includes space for a personal "Message from Your Physician." It gives the orthopaedic surgeon an opportunity to talk about his or her practice and practice style and to reach out to pa-tients and the public.

AAOS members can customize their web site by completing a form in the "Member Services" or What's New" section of the AAOS home page at www.aaos.org.

If members have a properly scaled electronic photo and a logo of their practice they can include them when building their site. Or, members can send the photo, with their member identification number on the back, and logo to Mary Ann Nicholson at the Academy, 6300 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Ill. 60018. AAOS will scale photos to size; the photos will not be returned.

If you want a preview, visit the "Design Your Web Site" exhibit Booth 5, Hall B2.

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