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Thursday, March 1, 2001

Grants help residents attend Annual Meeting

Two major pharmaceutical companies--Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals and Aventis Pharmaceuticals--are again sponsoring orthopaedic residents to attend the AAOS Annual Meeting and get exposure to the world's largest educational meeting for orthopaedists

This marks the seventh year that Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals in Radnor, Pa., through its Resident Reporter Program™, has provided sponsorship for orthopaedic residents at the Annual Meeting. Forty-two residents that were handpicked by residency program directors will attend.

"It's a plus for them to attend in several ways," points out Timothy N. Burelle, PharmD, MPH, assistant vice president of global professional affairs for Wyeth-Ayerst. "One of the goals of the Wyeth program is not only for the residents who attend the AAOS meeting to benefit from the experience, but for them to share what they learned with their colleagues when they return to their residency program."

The program "creates a unique opportunity to both expand the educational boundaries for residents and provide an invaluable tool for practicing medicine," points out Burelle

Residents attend a welcoming reception and orientation and get exposure to top academic speakers, notes Burelle. "The main goal is to support resident education," says Burelle.

Residents come from such institutions as Vanderbilt University, Duke University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Puerto Rico.

Wyeth-Ayerst initiated the resident program in 1988 at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since, its been expanded to include 23 national medical meetings.Aventis Pharmaceuticals in Parsippany, N.J. has been an educational sponsor for residents to attend the AAOS Annual Meeting since 1996. Their program is managed by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a global publisher of medical, nursing and health professions information resources in Philadelphia, Pa., a unit of Wolters Kluwer International Health and Science.

Through an unrestricted education grant, Aventis is sponsoring 50 orthopaedic residents at the AAOS Annual Meeting this year.

"The goal is to enable residents to attend the Academy meeting who might, because of a lack of funding, otherwise not be able to come," says Peg Forster, project director for Lippincott. "The residents can attend any of the Academy sessions they choose. If they plan to specialize in hips and knees, they can attend sessions specific to that area."

Because there is so little public funding anymore in the medical school programs, Forster says this educational grant provided by Aventis helps residents "benefit from information on new advances presented at the meeting by leading experts."

And the sponsorship does not go unrecognized. "Letters of thanks for the scholarship and support pour in from residency directors saying that 'such support is increasingly meaningful' to residency programs and 'meets the challenge of sustaining the school's excellence in residency education,'" says Forster.

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