Now, you can request a transcript of your continuing medical education (CME) credit online by accessing the Academy's web site in the "Member Services" section. It is a special area, accessible only by an Academy ID number, where members can either view or print their CME transcript from their office or home. The abstracts are not available between 8 p.m. and midnight, Monday through Friday.
Only transcript information from 1993 to 1999 is available online. (The Academy only tracks CME Category 1 credit from the AAOS Annual Meeting, Specialty Day events and Academy-sponsored CME courses.)
It may take up to eight weeks from a CME program's end date for the credits to be transferred to a transcript.
A new feature has been added to the "Private Discussion Groups" section of the web site. Now, participants can attach images (i.e., X-rays) to their messages for help in describing difficult cases. Instructions on placing images are in the "Table of Contents" section of this area.
To date, groups on "Hip and Knee," "Shoulder and Elbow" and "Sports Medicine" have the capacity for users to post images.
The "Private Discussion Groups" also have another new feature which allows members to receive, via e-mail, new messages once they are posted to any or all of the groups. To participate, you must subscribe to the groups that you want to receive new postings by entering your e-mail address and name.
You can test your imaging skills by accessing "Orthopaedic Flash Cards" in the "Medical Education" section of the web site. Every month, the Academy will post five challenging images, and individuals can review the images to determine the diagnosis or problem presented. All types of orthopaedic images will be presented, including radiographs, CT, MRI and arthrograms.
Images are presented in a "thumbnail" format. Click on the image to enlarge it, and answer a series of questions relating to a diagnosis or problem.
Academy members can submit images along with the diagnosis or problem to George W. Wood II, MD, editor, Orthopaedic Flash Cards, AAOS, department of electronic media, 6300 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Ill. 60018. (Images can be submitted in 35 mm slides, black and white print (5 x 7 required), floppy disk.