AAOS Bulletin - August, 2006

In the news

2007 Annual Meeting online housing opens August 15

Enjoy the convenience of early, online housing registration for the AAOS 2007 Annual Meeting, February 14–18 in San Diego. For the first time, a special block of rooms has been set aside for AAOS members at official San Diego hotels so that members have a better opportunity to reserve rooms at the hotel of their choice.

Online housing opens August 15. Hotel accommodations are still assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. When making your hotel reservation, visit the AAOS Annual Meeting Web site and log in using your AAOS ID number or password. Online meeting registration for members will open October 4.

FDA raises trial component safety issue
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Surveillance and Biometrics has received several reports (11 reports representing seven patients) of trial femoral heads falling into the patient during hip replacement surgery. The FDA has contacted two hip replacement device manufacturers; one has subsequently made the trial head radiopaque and the second manufacturer is exploring the same possibility.

Surgeons have reported extending the surgery to locate and retrieve the trial heads, performing second surgeries to retrieve the devices, and even leaving trial heads that could not be located in patients. The FDA is encouraging manufacturers of hip replacement devices to make trial femoral heads radiopaque and to modify the surgical technique and labeling to anticipate the potential for these occurrences. The AAOS will provide details as they become available.

AAOS secures $125,000 NIH R-13 grant
The AAOS has been awarded a multiyear R-13 symposia support grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $125,000 grant will be spread out in $25,000 increments over the next five years.

The grant will support research symposia designed to define the knowledge base in specific cutting-edge topic areas based on scientific evidence, identify gaps in the knowledge base and outline future research opportunities. The 2006 symposium, Developmental Biology in Orthopaedics, will be held in October in Toronto, Canada, and will be chaired by Benjamin Alman, MD, and William Horton, PhD. Topics for the remaining symposia include: Fracture Repair: Challenges and Opportunities (2007), Musculoskeletal Imaging and Computer-Assisted Surgery (2008), Orthopaedic Randomized Clinical Trials (2009) and Musculoskeletal Health Care Disparities (2010).

The symposia continue a long history of collaboration among the Academy, governmental agencies such as the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, industry, specialty societies, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Orthopaedic Research Society, and leading researchers and clinicians. The 2006–2010 symposia will include a Young Investigator program, allowing several residents to attend and participate. The future research directions, abstracts and/or manuscripts from each invitational symposium will be published in a summary article, journal supplement or online media. For more information, visit the AAOS Research Symposia Web page.

AAOS offers peer counseling service for medical liability defendants
Being sued for medical malpractice is always traumatic. It can often leave you feeling overwhelmed and alone.

If you are feeling stress because of a medical liability lawsuit and would like to talk with another orthopaedist who has been through the same situation, the AAOS might be able to help.

AAOS members can now take advantage of a confidential, free “peer counseling service.” Callers will be connected to a trained peer counselor, an orthopaedist with whom they can freely talk about their feelings and ways to better cope with the emotional challenges they are facing. This is not a legal service, or part of the AAOS Professional Compliance Program, but a way to help you receive the support that sometimes comes only from talking to an understanding peer.

For more information on this member service or to be put in touch with one of our peer counselors, call Bob Fine, director of health policy, at (800) 346-2267.

AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series module scheduled
The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, presents the AOA~Kellogg Leadership Series. Openings are now available for the “Leadership for the Advancement of Organizational Success and Productive Decision Making” module, which will be presented November 10–12, 2006, in Evanston, Ill. For more information on the series or to register, visit the Web site.

The AOA and Kellogg are also expanding the series to include three additional modules focused on management issues. The new modules will be available beginning in 2007. Visit the AOA Web site, call (847) 318-7330 or e-mail info@aoassn.org for more information.

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