AAOS Bulletin - April, 2005

In the news

AAOS adopts privacy policy

The AAOS has adopted a modified Privacy Policy dealing with the personal data it collects from orthopaedic surgeons and others. This policy is consistent with all federal and applicable state laws. It makes no distinction between data provided by hard-copy (applications, purchases, etc.) or via the Internet. The policy indicates what personal data AAOS may collect, how this personal data will be used, how this data can be viewed or corrected, how long the data will be retained, and how to keep this data from being disseminated. The Privacy Policy is explicit that AAOS will not release personal data to third parties except under certain limited circumstances, listed in the policy. One newly added exception permits the AAOS to provide the name and mailing addresses of AAOS members to state orthopaedic societies for membership recruitment purposes on an annual basis. The revised Privacy Policy is on the AAOS Web site.

AAOS seeks to “Get our story straight”

The AAOS will celebrate its 75th Anniversary at the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and planning for this milestone is now underway. Significant partnerships will be cultivated with the orthopaedic community, industry and patients, to achieve the multifaceted program. Your assistance in collecting materials such as photos, memorabilia and other artifacts, as well as your willingness to share your stories, is needed. Seven project teams have been established and are looking for members. They include: General Orthopaedics; Military Orthopaedics; AAOS History; Health Policy; Specialty Societies; Orthopaedic Nursing, and Industry. To view the charges and apply to serve on these project teams, use the CAP system at: http://www.aaos.org/cap

To find out more about the 75th Anniversary project, visit http://www.aaos.org/75years

AAOS responds to “painful” newspaper column

When New York Times (NYT) health writer Jane Brody wrote negatively about her experience with simultaneous total knee replacements in her Personal Health column “A Fight for Full Disclosure of the Possible Pain,” the AAOS responded to her column with a letter signed by President Stuart L. Weinstein, MD. His letter, which was published in the NYT the following week, addressed Brody’s concerns and is reprinted here:

“It is unfortunate that the author experienced such pain and frustration after her surgery.

“The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons agrees with her contention that full disclosure about the possible outcomes of an operation ‘is imperative,’ and supports patient-centered care for the millions of Americans treated by orthopedic surgeons every year.

“The Academy defines patient-centered care as safe, effective, timely and collaborative care achieved through open, honest dialogue between informed patients and their surgeons.

“As the author notes, her story represents just one experience and not the norm. Hundreds of thousands of people have returned to their normal activities after relieving severe arthritis pain through knee replacement.”

“Wounded in Action” comes to PBS

Wounded in Action, a documentary film developed as part of the AAOS Legacy of Heroes program, is coming to a public broadcasting station (PBS) near you. The film honors the heroism, dedication and sacrifices of the 600,000 military medical men and women who served in World War II, and highlights the contributions orthopaedic surgeons have made to advancements in care for trauma-related injuries. A tentative schedule for public television stations across the country is available at http://legacyofheroes.aaos.org/ but be sure to check your local PBS listings for confirmed airings. Wounded in Action on PBS has been made possible through educational grants provided by Pfizer, Inc., and the George M. Boswell, Jr., MD Fund for Orthopaedic Surgery, of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation.

The Legacy of Heroes program also includes a book, a Web site and a DVD. For more information on Wounded in Action, contact Addy Kujawa, kujawa@aaos.org, (847) 384-4033. Copies of the Legacy of Heroes book and Wounded in Action DVD are also available through AAOS Customer Service at (800) 626-6726. 

Call for abstracts: 2006 Annual Meeting

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and begin thinking about the AAOS 2006 Annual Meeting, March 8-12, in New Orleans. Abstract submission for poster/podium presentations and scientific exhibits is now available online. The deadline for submitting your abstract for consideration is June 1, 2005.


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