Friday, February 25, 2005
Study of unicompartmental knee replacement is blue ribbon posterBy Kathleen Misovic
A poster detailing a follow-up study on unicompartmental knee replacement was judged the 2005 Annual Meeting's overall best poster and presented with a blue ribbon at Thursday morning's Poster Breakfast.
Knee Poster P094, "Unicompartmental Knee Replacement: A Minimum 21 Year Follow-Up End Result Study," was presented by Michael R. O'Rourke, MD; Jeremy J. Gardner, BA; John J. Callaghan, MD; Devon D. Goetz, MD; David Vittetoe, MD; and Richard C. Johnson MD. It was judged the best of 12 first place winners-one from each classification-selected by members of the subcommittee and Central Program Committee.
"It was a hard decision to pick the winners. But just to get your poster displayed at the Annual Meeting is quite an accomplishment," said Alan L. Jones, MD, of Dallas, chair of the Scientific Program. He explained that more than 3,600 poster abstracts were submitted, but only 474 were chosen to be displayed at the Annual Meeting. "So it really is an honor to be one of the 12 picked as winners; you're looking at the top 0.3 percent among the 3,600 posted submitted."
The posters display research results in various categories from hip, spine and knee surgeries to pediatrics, trauma and practice management. One poster winner Dr. Jones found especially newsworthy (P217, Relationship Between Musculoskeletal Medical School Courses and Applications to Orthopaedic Residencies) indicated that medical students who get musculoskeletal training are more likely to apply for an orthopaedic specialty. "This poster tells us that if we want to increase the number of women and minority orthopaedic surgeons, we need more musculoskeletal training in medical school," Dr. Jones said.
The twelve poster winners are: