August 2001 Bulletin

PowerPoint replaces 35mm at Annual Meeting

Audiovisual presentations at the Annual Meeting have changed. At the 2001 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, 70 percent of presenters swapped 35mm slides for PowerPoint presentations.

"The days of slide presentations are numbered," says Richard F. Kyle, MD, chairman of the Annual Meeting Committee. "Computers have revolutionized the Annual Meeting. Accurate and timely delivery of scientific information is very important to the success of the 2002 Annual Meeting in Dallas."

This means that the Academy will need presenters’ cooperation during the transition from slide presentations to PowerPoint. There will be no more presentations using slides, Macintosh computers or laptops; however, VHS tapes will still be allowed.

"Computers allow animation of presented material that is more stimulating than 35mm slides," explains Dr. Kyle. "PowerPoint is brighter, faster and conveys more information to the audience. It allows more informative scientific presentations because you can actually see video and animation in the presentation. You can quickly make last-minute edits to your presentation while you are in the Ready Room."

This type of "computer standardization," says Dr. Kyle, will also "eliminate" the potential for problems to occur during presentations. "In the past, there were problems with interfacing hardware and software technology with our AV system," he says. "PowerPoint substantially reduces unnecessary AV costs."

Because the Academy has been at the forefront of technological audiovisual advances, Dr. Kyle says other associations have looked to the Academy as a leader.

"At last year’s Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Heart Association and the Radiological Society of North America attended simply to observe our audiovisual presentations," he says.

And Academy members are also growing more comfortable using electronic mail, notes Dr. Kyle. "Online submittals were at an all-time high," he says. "Eighty percent of abstracts for scientific papers, exhibits and posters were filed electronically. Seventy percent of Instructional Course handouts and 100 percent of symposia handouts were submitted online."

Abstracts for scientific papers, exhibits and posters for the 2003 Annual Meeting must be submitted online.

To bring members up to speed, Dr. Kyle suggests they visit the Academy’s online Orthopaedic Campus in the Medical Education section of the AAOS home page at www.aaos.org. Click on the Practice Management Center for useful tutorials, access to software and reference materials.


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