April 2003 Bulletin

In Brief

Videos for 2004 Annual Meeting wanted

You are cordially invited to submit a videotape, CD-video, or DVD-video for the 2004 Academy Meeting in San Francisco, March 10-14. Accepted videos will be presented in the Academy’s Multimedia Education Center.

Video continues to be one of the most effective and widely used teaching formats for orthopaedic education, according to Jay Mabrey, MD, chair of the Electronic Media Education Committee. Current, well-visualized video of orthopaedic procedures has proven to be a major benefit to orthopaedic surgeons. With the advent of new, digital technology, capturing this video has become more prevalent than ever before. We urge you to share the surgical videos you have made with your colleagues. Increased educational opportunities result in better quality of care for your patients.

The submission deadline for the 2004 Annual Meeting is July 1, 2003. So, for all your upcoming surgical cases, be thinking Operate, Shoot, Contribute!

Fellowship votes on resolutions under new balloting process

In the first-ever Fellowship-wide ballot (written or electronic), the AAOS Fellowship has voted to adopt all six of the resolutions being considered under the mandatory five-year review process. The new balloting procedure was put in place after the 2003 Annual Meeting and reflects a change in the resolutions approval process adopted in 2002.

AAOS successfully sent 17,160 ballots to the AAOS Fellowship. Of those, 1,754 ballots were sent by e-mail; 11,563 by fax; and 3,844 by U.S. mail. Of the total received, 4,220 valid votes were returned, for a response rate of 24.6 percent. Based on the number of voting members (19,500), the valid votes represent 21.6 percent of voting members. Each of the six resolutions passed easily, supported by 97.6 percent to 99.7 percent of the votes.

AAOS participates in guidelines development forum

The AAOS was one of 11 national medical organizations that write guidelines related to surgical infection prevention to participate in the first meeting of the National Surgical Infection Prevention Medicare Quality Improvement Project. The project is co-sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is conducted through the CMS Health Care Quality Improvement Program.

Discussion during the two-day meeting, held January 15-16 in Dallas, Texas, centered on variations among the guidelines and reached initial consensus clarifying areas concerning antibiotic selection, timing and duration for surgical prophylaxis for select operations. The meeting organizers are drafting a consensus statement for the guideline writer-representatives to review and present to their various organizations. Joint recommendations will be developed into an advisory statement for endorsement and broad publication among the specialty society organizations. For more information about the national Medicare quality improvement project, visit its Web site at www.surgicalinfectionprevention.org.

Orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty certification approved

On March 20, 2003, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved subspecialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. Certification will be administered by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, an independent certifying authority for all of orthopaedics. Peter J. Fowler, MD, President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), stated, "We applaud the ABMS decision and believe that it ultimately will enhance the care of athletes."

AAOS forms alliance with OSHA

The AAOS and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance with the specific goal of improving the workplace to prevent future ergonomic-related injuries. OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw welcomed the relationship, saying, "Perhaps no one is more attuned to the debilitating effects ergonomic-related injuries have on workers than the healthcare professionals represented by AAOS." The Alliance specifies that OSHA and AAOS will serve as resources to members/personnel in both groups, jointly develop information at conferences, events and through media outlets, including their individual Web sites, as well as provide speakers and exhibits on ergonomic issues. OSHA has agreed, with the help of AAOS resources, to educate its personnel on current research initiatives and workplace hazard identification. Likewise, the Academy will work with OSHA as it develops a clearinghouse of training and education information on ergonomic issues. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/8ibq.

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