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Saturday, February 24, 1996

OREF launches new giving initiative

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) began a new giving initiative in the 1995 Annual Campaign to maximize support for research and education programs. Seventeen of the 18 Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMMS) organizations have joined in partnership with OREF.

The initiative was developed by a trustee task force headed by Roby C. Thompson Jr., MD, Vice President, Grants. Other members of the task force are Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD; R.Michael McCaffery, president of DePuy USA; and Newton C. McCollough II, MD. OREF President Garth Russell, MD, who appointed the task force, noted that the new initiative is based on "the successful consolidation of sports medicine fund raising within OREF over the past three years."

All individuals who contribute $1,000 or more can designate all dollars above $500 to one or more specialty groups.

Corporate donors will be able to designate all dollars above the first $10,000 to one or more of the 17 specialty societies as well as the Academy and American Orthopaedic Association. "The main idea is for the contributor to give to one place (OREF) and be assured that their specialty society interest will, at the same time, be addressed," said Dr. Russell.

This new program will benefit everyone involved and OREF will be able to provide more grants to deserving applicants. As we move on in the 1996 campaign remember OREF as the "Foundation" for all of the orthopaedic community.

International educational opportunities available

More than 1,700 worldwide educational opportunities, from 802 institutions and 49 countries, will be available through the International Center of Orthopaedic Education (ICOE) at the Annual Meeting. The ICOE is providing two computer stations for attendees to browse, test, and obtain the most recent information on post-graduate orthopaedic offering units, or listings. The computer terminals and the ICOE information desk will be located on Level 2 E through Saturday.

This service is free for both applicants and those listing opportunities, such as orthopaedic departments, individual orthopaedic surgeons, associations, countries, organizations, and orthopaedic-related companies.

More than 900 requests from 63 countries have been processed in the last 18 months for individuals seeking to obtain information on various education, teaching, research, service, and conference opportunities. More than 7,000 system matches have been made and forwarded to applicants for review since the ICOE was launched by the American Orthopaedic Association in June 1994.

During the Annual Meeting, individuals also will be able to process their applications and obtain computer information for themselves on various Offering Units in the database. Donna S. Nowobilski, ICOE manager, will be available to provide assistance and answer any questions.

Applications of those who wish to list opportunities will be accepted on-site and immediately listed in the database. Providers may update their information at the meeting, so the database is accurate and appropriately reflects the experience and specified conditions.

Postgraduate opportunities in the ICOE database are divided into six educational experiences: observership, clinical, research, service, teaching, and conference.

"The ICOE provides a mechanism where available post-training educational experiences and applicants can exchange information," said Stuart Weinstein, MD, chairman of the committee for the ICOE.

Following the Annual Meeting, information about the ICOE can be obtained by calling 1-847-318-7349, or by fax at 1-847-318-7339.

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