As part of its program for expansion of scope of orthopaedic practice, the Academy is partnering with the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) to provide programs that will allow generalists to increase their expertise in foot care.
The two major offerings for the coming year are the joint Academy/AOFAS Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Course to be held November 4-7, 1999 in Tyson's Corner, Va. and the Academy's Basic Foot Care course, to be held during the Academy's Annual Meeting in Orlando on March 15, 2000.
"The Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Course is designed for general orthopaedic surgeons seeking a greater depth of knowledge about adult foot and ankle surgery to expand their practice in this area," said Robert W. Bucholz, MD, chairman, Academy's Committee on Educational Planning. The course addresses sports injuries, hallux valgus disorders, forefoot abnormalities, hindfoot problems, foot trauma, diabetes, arthritis and more. Participants will break into small groups to learn the foundations of diagnosis and care. Course chairmen are Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD, and Charles L. Saltzman, MD
Dr. Bucholz said the Academy's half-day Basic Foot Care course is designed as an entry-level orientation to the care of basic foot problems to provide the information that any physician or group practice would need for operative and nonoperative foot care. The course will include videos and take home materials for the physician, their office staff and their patients.
"Not only will education be directed to generalists for use in their practice to improve care of patients with foot and ankle problems, but there also will be basic guidance for training ancillary personnel and setting up efficient, cost effective diabetic foot care programs in cooperation with a local hospital," said Dr. Bucholz. "Coding information will be provided to assist the physician in maximizing reimbursement while following proper compliance guidelines."
James D. Heckman, MD, 1998 Academy past president, will chair the meeting. Moderators are Thomas O. Clanton, MD, AOFAS president, and Ronald W. Smith, MD, past president.
Topics include: evaluation of the patient with foot complaint, basic nonoperative foot care, orthosis selection and proper footwear and fitting guidance. Other topics are simple in-office surgery, diabetic foot evaluation and treatment, the top 10 operations you need to know to treat most foot patients and how to market your practice to maximize referrals and bring in new business.
"The course will include some of the top educators in the care of foot problems," said Dr. Bucholz. "It is designed to provide the maximum learning in the care of the foot patient within a half day course including a substantial volume of resource materials and take home instruction."
For more information on the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle course, contact the Academy's Customer Service Department (800) 626-6726. Registration for the Basic Foot Care course can be made on the Annual Meeting registration form which will be mailed in October.