Take a stroll down ‘Academy Row’
By Peter Pollack
Between all of the educational courses, symposia and presentations—as well as the extensive technical exhibits—at the Annual Meeting, you could easily overlook a visit to Academy Row—the exposition area devoted specifically to AAOS projects.
Missing it would be a shame, however, because Academy Row is one of the best places to learn about the resources the Academy has to offer you. Helpful AAOS staff will be available every day to answer any questions about the many programs designed to help you educate your patients and meet your clinical and professional responsibilities.
AAOS 75th Anniversary
At the Public Relations/75th Anniversary booth, you can share your experiences and stories with Academy staff who are building a history of AAOS for the 75th Anniversary celebration next year. This area also displays the latest public service announcements from the Academy, and you can pick up or order a wealth of free public relations materials for use in your practices and community. For further information, visit www.aaos.org/75years and www.orthoinfo.org
Make your next stop the Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) booth. Take time to explore this interactive physician education Web site and speak with the staff members who helped create it. You’ll find a wide selection of clinical and practice management topics, free surgical videos, online continuing medical education (CME) and interactive self-assessment activities on OKO. Users can also purchase and download chapters from select Academy publications via OKO’s Virtual Bookstore. For more information, visit www.aaos.org/oko
After reviewing how OKO can help you stay current professionally, see how the AAOS patient education Web site—Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC)—can help your patients. YOC is specifically targeted to orthopaedic patients and their families, with a library of educational materials on a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. The site contains both basic and in-depth information on topics ranging from arthritis to osteoporosis, and procedures ranging from rotator cuff repair to total joint replacement. Visitors will also find exercise and care guides, injury prevention tips and more. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the site, and show you how you can link to the information from your personal or practice Web site. For further information, visit www.orthoinfo.org
You’ve seen your patient demographics change over the years. The Diversity in Orthopaedics booth can help you improve your communication and cultural sensitivity skills to meet the diverse needs of your patients. Be sure to ask for a free Culturally Competent Care Package, created by the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board. The package includes a CD-ROM with interactive patient cases, a companion guidebook and additional information on health care disparities among ethnic and racial minorities. Information on mentoring, resident recruitment, and the Diversity Award will also be available. For additional information, visit www.aaos.org/diversity
“Sign Your Site” is a key AAOS safety initiative, and the Patient Safety booth will have staff on hand to discuss that and other programs. Stop by and pick up the patient safety checklists developed for ambulatory surgical and office-based procedures and your free copy of the patient safety DVD “Medical Error—A Preventable Complication.” The booth will also hand out free indelible markers to assist orthopaedic surgeons in the battle against wrong site surgery, and a mannequin “patient” will be on hand so you can “sign your site.” For more information, visit www.patientsafety.aaos.org
Helping you succeed
You could save 15 percent or more on thousands of medical, surgical and office supplies under the new AAOS Group Purchasing Program. Stop by the booth for a free Customized Savings Analysis for your practice. The analysis will show just how much you can expect to save, based on your practice’s actual purchasing habits. The group purchasing program is powered by Esurg, a national health care purchasing supply solution. For further information, visit www.aaos.org/esurg
Finally, the Professional Compliance Program promotes the interests of patients through orthopaedic professionalism. Stop by the booth to learn about the current and proposed Standards of Professionalism (SOPs), as well as the grievance procedures. The booth highlights existing SOPs and offers information on the proposed SOPs being considered at this meeting. You can also verify your signed Expert Witness Affirmation Statements. For further information, visit www.aaos.org/profcomp
Academy Row can be found across from the AAOS Resource Center Bookstore in the Sails Pavilion, on the Upper Level of the San Diego Convention Center. Be sure to schedule some time to visit the booths, meet with AAOS staff and take advantage of these important resources.