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Saturday, February 06, 1999

Academy committees exhibit programs, activities

Eleven Academy committees have scientific exhibits in Hall A to promote their activities or topics of special interest.

The Committee on Public Education has an exhibit (SE006a) on Climb It Safe, its public education program on ladder safety that debuted in October. The exhibit informs orthopaedic surgeons about patient brochures, fact sheets, posters and a slide presentation available to them on this subject. More than 511,000 injuries related to the use of ladders are treated in emergency rooms, physicians offices, clinics and ambulatory surgery centers each year, and more than 300 people die from these injuries.

Because there are differences in incidence, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases in men and women, the Women's Health Issues Oversight Panel was developed by the Academy. The panel has an exhibit (SE006) which addresses and increase awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hip fractures, ACL tears, bunions, shoulder laxity, frozen shoulder and osteoporosis. Goals of the panel include: better communication with the Office of Research on Women's Health; the establishment of collaborative efforts with local, regional and national associations concerned with women's health issues; osteoporosis awareness with the Women's Health Initiative; and development of an instructional course lecture and books for women's musculoskeletal issues.

A description of the Basic Course for Orthopaedic Educators is included in the Committee on Educational Programming booth. The exhibit (SE005) explains the way in which the course is updated annually to provide current core concepts which are adaptable to changing trends and times. This exhibit has served as a meeting place for past participants who want to ask questions or update themselves on new problems, issues and concerns.

The Diversity Committee is highlighting its activities in its booth (SE007a) and hopes to enhance knowledge, understanding and awareness of members on issues related to minorities and women in orthopaedic surgery. Female and minority manpower issues, data in orthopaedics, model programs in medical education and practice, and promotional literature on diversity is featured. Challenges to bringing greater diversity into the workplace are included.

David C. Ayers, MD, Committee on Hip and Knee Arthritis, is presenting a scientific exhibit (SE031) on the "Economics of Total Joint Replacement and DRG 209." This exhibit examines national data for DRG 209 which was presented in 1995 and expenditures associated with joint replacement surgery, including fixed and variable costs, particularly the rising costs of implants. Strategies to control the cost of implants, including hospital cost awareness programs, competitive bidding, volume discounts and implant standardization will be reviewed. Critical pathways, regional results and monitoring patient outcome measures and satisfaction will be addressed.

The Committees on Hip and Knee Arthritis and Biomedical Engineering have combined to present two scientific exhibits. The first, "Alternative Bearing Surfaces: The Good, Bad and Ugly," (SE019) evaluates current clinical solutions to long-term bearing articulation for hip components involving polyethylene-metal, metal-metal, cera-mic-metal and ceramic-ceramic alternatives. The second, "The Limits of UHMWPE Longevity: Design, Material and Clinical Factors," (SE030) offers an overview of the design, processing and clinical factors that have contributed to early and mid-term failure of polyethylene.

Members who are interested in participating in Orthopaedics Overseas, Inc. may visit with other orthopaedic surgeons who have participated in the program.

According to Kate Fincham, director of program support, information is available in the group's exhibit (SE004) about the training and programs in developing countries where orthopaedic services are needed. "A photo album is in the booth, so orthopaedic surgeons can see what facilities and operating rooms in other countries look like," said Fincham. "On Friday, Feb. 5, we will be hosting a luncheon at the West Coast Anaheim Hotel, in Plaza A, B and C, for anyone who is interested in learning even more about the program."

Booth (SE003) features the upcoming "Dartmouth Atlas of Musculoskeletal Healthcare." This publication, which is expected to be in print by fall 1999, is a joint venture of the Academy, the American Hospital Association and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth.

The American Orthopaedic Association has information in its booth (SE002) about the International Center for Orthopaedic Education's new on-line database and international post-graduate educational (clinical and basic research), teaching and service opportunity. Openings are in various locations including orthopaedic hospitals, departments and clinics; associations; organizations; and orthopaedic-related companies.

The Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie (SICOT) will have two representatives in booth SE001 who will talk to attendees about membership and composition of the society. Application information also will be available.

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