Breakfast in the Posters honors best efforts

Be sure to join the 2006 Program Committee for Breakfast in the Posters tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. in Hall B of McCormick Place. In addition to networking with your colleagues and enjoying a delicious breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to study the best peer-reviewed posters in each of the 12 exhibit categories. Posters by allied health organizations and the Orthopaedic Research Society are also on display.

Poster selection is based on a rigorous peer-review process, similar to the review process for podium presentations. Abstracts are submitted to and reviewed by the Annual Meeting Program Committee, which will also conduct the final judging. This year’s meeting includes more than 500 posters.

Posters are selected on several criteria, including topic, scientific merit and validity of conclusions. Decisions are often based on how well the posters meet two important measures: 1) Will it change the practice of orthopaedics? 2) Will it improve the quality of care? Posters that provide orthopaedic surgeons with ideas for improving their own practices are highly valued and may win one of the 13 awards presented at the breakfast.

The best poster in each of the 12 exhibit categories (hip, knee, foot/ankle, hand/wrist, pediatrics, practice management/nonclinical, rehabilitation, shoulder/elbow, spine, sports medicine, trauma and tumors/metabolic diseases) will be recognized with a yellow ribbon; the best poster overall will win a blue ribbon. Winners will be announced in Friday’s edition of Academy News.

Even if you can’t make it to the breakfast, be sure to find time to visit Hall B and walk through the poster exhibits. Posters are open for viewing today through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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