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Thursday, February 14, 2002

Instructional Courses focus on surgical techniques

This year, there will be four times as many Instructional Courses focusing on surgical techniques than last year. That's because the sessions will feature two or more videos, made at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill., instead of cadaveric demonstrations.

"The surgeon on the video will also be presenting the course," explained Donald C. Ferlic, MD, chairman of the Instructional Course Committee, "and will be able to address any questions raised by the audience." The videos also offer a more concentrated focus on the procedure. "With the videos, we can show a procedure in 10 minutes instead of spending 45 minutes doing the dissections," said Dr. Ferlic.

Among the 178 Instructional Courses offered at this year's AAOS Annual Meeting will be 32 that focus on surgical techniques. Also among the courses are 52 new options, giving members an exceptional opportunity to expand their knowledge on a wide variety of both clinical and non-clinical topics.

Courses this year are also shorter than in previous years. "We've eliminated the four-hour courses," said Dr. Ferlic, "giving members increased opportunities to attend more concentrated lectures." In addition, Thursday's full-day orthopaedic review course examines the complete range of orthopaedic topics, including pediatrics, trauma, spine, tumors, metabolic bone diseases and upper and lower extremity issues.

The Committee relies on member feedback from the previous year's courses to plan the schedule. "We include the best from the previous year and supplement them with new courses," said Dr. Ferlic. "Our choices this year are, I think, very balanced among the various specialties. We even attempted to schedule courses so members can either focus entirely on one specialty or attend courses on various topics throughout the meeting."

Another innovation is the use of orthopaedic mentors to conduct communication skills workshops. The workshops, developed in con-junction with the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication, Inc., focus on the medical interview and include video vignettes of patient-physician medical interviews and role-playing as well as discussion and feedback.

Other members of the Committee include: James H. Beaty, MD; James D. Heckman, MD; David L. Helfet, MD; Vicent D. Pellegrini Jr., MD; Franklin H. Sim, MD and Dempsey S. Springfield, MD.

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