April 2002 Bulletin

Set your sights on San Diego for SICOT 2002

Orthopaedists from 129 countries will descend on sunny San Diego August 23-30, 2002 for an historic gathering–the largest international meeting in orthopaedics ever held in the United States.

High-tech orthopaedics will be the theme of the 22nd World Congress of the Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique at de Traumatologie/the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). The impressive gathering is being held in this country for only the second time in the society’s 73-year history. SICOT is a worldwide orthopaedic association of specialized surgeons and researchers devoted to the advancement of the orthopaedics and traumatology on an international level.

The triennial meeting will commence with a welcoming reception on August 23, followed by a two-day International Research Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SIROT) preliminary scientific program. A one-day combined SICOT/SIROT program will take place on August 26, followed by the three-and-a-half day SICOT portion of the meeting.

New program activities

SICOT/SIROT 2002 promises to be an exceptional opportunity for clinical education, scientific stimulation and international exchange, with a diverse educational forum for orthopaedic generalists and specialists alike. For the first time, SICOT will provide a subspecialty society day that will be sponsored and organized by 29 national and international subspecialty societies, with meetings in all areas of orthopaedics. All of the subspecialty society meetings are open to registrants.

According to Chadwick E. Smith, MD, SICOT 2002 president, the meeting’s scientific program has been restructured to feature traditional oral scientific presentations as well as plenary lectures, self-teaching areas focused on audiovisual interaction, instructional course-type lectures and another new addition, "Socratic debates."

"We’ll even acknowledge the debate winners!" Dr. Smith adds. "Ultimately, the scientific program is designed to satisfy not only the neophytes in the musculoskeletal field, but also experts in particular musculoskeletal subspecialties."

"As our motto, ‘Soaring to scientific success’ suggests, the 2002 meeting will have the benefit of the newest, best and most exciting scientific data available," Dr. Smith says. "However, we also intend to have a grand time while assimilating knowledge."

Social program

Numerous athletic events and evening social functions are in store for congress participants. In addition to golf, sailing and biking adventures, social events slated for the 2002 meeting include a welcoming cocktail party, a dazzling opening ceremony, a President’s dinner and an inspiring closing ceremony. Participants also are invited to a Foundation night–a spectacular California-style event–and are provided with a free evening in which to choose among several functions or to explore San Diego on their own.

"We believe San Diego is a perfect venue for the meeting," Dr. Smith adds. "The newly renovated San Diego Convention Center overlooks the San Diego Harbor and is surrounded by low to moderately priced hotels that are within walking distance of the convention center. Plus, it’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy San Diego’s world class parks and zoos, and for all kinds of outdoor recreation."

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