August 2002 Bulletin

U.S. Bone and Joint Decade moving ahead

By Carolyn Rogers

The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) is looking ahead to a busy month this October. A key meeting between the U.S. BJD and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is scheduled for Oct. 11, 2002, with "National Bone and Joint Decade Awareness Week" kicking off the next day.

NIAMS/BJD meeting input sought

A significant meeting between the leaders of the Decade and NIAMS will take place Oct. 11, 2002.

The object of the gathering is to begin a dialogue, according to Toby King, acting executive director of the U.S. BJD. "NIAMS wants to know how to take advantage of the Decade and the U.S. BJD would like to know what resources NIAMS has to benefit the Decade," he says.

The Founding members of the U.S. BJD will attend the October meeting. At this time, they are seeking input from all BJD-participating organizations. Groups are asked to identify pertinent issues and submit them for consideration in the agenda. Suggestions may be e-mailed to NIAMS-U.S. BJD Meeting Agenda Development Sub-Committee co-chair L. Edward Puzas, MD, at:

Grassroots campaign

October 12-20, 2002 has been deemed "National Bone and Joint Decade Awareness Week" in the United States.

King describes the week as a "grassroots campaign."

"All Academy members are encouraged to find their own ways to celebrate the week," he says.

BJD-participating organizations may wish to develop special Awareness Week activities or simply highlight their own ongoing activities by tying them into the Week.

Individual orthopaedists can celebrate National Awareness Week by using it as platform when speaking at schools, colleges, clubs or other groups in the community about their particular area of expertise. An abundance of background information on the Decade is available at the U.S. BJD Web site ( The global Web site for the Decade is

Awareness Week activities are being planned across the country, but at a minimum, King says, "Don’t let your patients leave the office that week without hearing about the Decade."

Members who would like to hand out BJD pamphlets and stickers to their patients can request them by calling U.S. BJD headquarters at (847) 384-4010; or by e-mailing

Goals of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade initiative include:

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