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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Multimedia Center presents programs, demonstrates educational multimedia

The Multimedia Education Center at the Annual Meeting is the place to see the best in orthopaedic video eduction. Stop by the Center, located in Hall D of the Washington Convention Center, to view this year's distinguished award-winning DVD, CD and video educational programs as well as some "encore" presentations.

A choice of 35 stations
With 35 viewing stations, this year's Multimedia Education Center gives visitors a number of program choices. Each station is equipped with either a videocassette or DVD player and several headphones for viewing videos or with a special mutlimedia computer display.

The 2004 award-winning multimedia and instructional videos will be featured at stations 1-2. Stations 3-28 include new videotape and multimedia programs that are grouped by anatomic area. In addition, programs focused on pediatric issues will be shown at Stations 29-30. Encore presentations will be shown at stations 31-35.

This year, there is considerable focus on the knee as well as on the shoulder, with nine stations in each category. All encore presentations are on either the knee or shoulder as well.

  • Stations 1-2: Award Winners
  • Stations 3-4: Hand and Wrist
  • Stations 5: Elbow
  • Stations 6-14: Shoulder
  • Station 15: Spine
  • Stations 16-18: Hip
  • Stations 19-27: Knee
  • Stations 28: Foot and Ankle
  • Stations 29-30: Pediatrics
  • Stations 31-35: Encore Presentations

Award-winning multimedia
The Multimedia Education Center features one award-winning DVD program and one award-winning video programs. The winners were selected by the Electronic Media Education Committee, chaired by Jay D. Mabrey, MD. The committee chose award winners based on thir high production values, technical quality and educational merit. The committee also considered the essential matters of clinical relevance and outcomes. The outstanding programs are: Latissimus Dorsi Transfer by Christian Gerber, MD (Video shown at Station 1) and Pelvic External Fixation by Stephen Kottmeier, MD; John C.P. Floyd, MD, and Nicholas Divaris, MD (DVD shown at Station 2).

Tips for producing video and multimedia programs
"Video remains one of medical education's most effective and widely used teaching tools," according to Reid Stanton, manager in the AAOS Electronic Media department. "The award-winning multimedia programs that are showcased in this year's Multimedia Education Center offer clues to the future of computer-mediated learning environments in orthopaedics. We hope to see more work of this quality in the future. We are deeply indebted to our program authors for their voluntary contributions, without which the Multimedia Education Center would not be possible."

That's why the Electronic Media Education Committee wants AAOS members to know more about what elements are needed to produce such programming. It's one matter to possess the requisite knowledge and skills on a medical subject. It's quite another to understand the technical side of producing a video or multimedia program. Today's viewers have a sophisticated eye and will measure an educational video's production values against what they see every day on commercial television.

To help members who are considering producing an educational video or multimedia program for inclusion in next year's Multimedia Education Center, the Electronic Media Education Committee offers these technical tips:

  • Use music and special effects sparingly.
  • Edit the final program to omit repetitive, nonessential surgical actions such as dissection, clamping and suturing.
  • Use still images judiciously.
  • Ensure that the audio is clear and without excessive noise.

In reviewing the videos, the committee considers the following issues related to content:

  • Is the program well designed?
  • Does it have a logical beginning, middle and conclusion?
  • Is the educational content clearly focused?
  • Does the program provide all the necessary elements.

Additional tips can be found on the application form for submitting programs for use at the 2006 Annual Meeting; the form is available online under Annual Meeting, 2006 applications. All AAOS fellows are urged to submit their learning videos for consideration.

More than video
In the rapidly changing field of electronic media, video is not the only exciting path for obtaining fast, solid, reliable medical information. The Multimedia Education Center reflects this and includes computer-mediated learning environments. Several stations feature computer-mediated learning and hands-on demonstrations of their effectiveness. You'll find them interspersed among the video stations.

The Multimedia Education Center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday; from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. It is located in The Washington Convention Center, Hall D.

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