December 2001 Bulletin

It’s time to round up your plans for Dallas

The premier educational meeting features courses, papers, exhibits, latest medical devices

By Carolyn Rogers

The 2002 AAOS Annual Meeting–the world’s foremost educational gathering for orthopaedic surgeons–is fast approaching. It’s time to firm up your plans and join your colleagues to see the latest in orthopaedic treatments, procedures and research at the Feb. 13-17, 2002 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Register now to create an educational program to fit your individual needs–choose from a record 31 symposia, 178 instructional courses, 310 papers, more than 500 poster exhibits, and 70 scientific exhibits. And don’t forget to stop and check out the 400 Technical Exhibits, where the latest in orthopaedic equipment, devices and services will be displayed from Wednesday Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 15.

Another "must-see" is the new Technology Pavilion–a showcase for the most current technology products and applications developed for orthopaedic surgeons–making its debut at the 2002 meeting. Located in Exhibit Hall E, the pavilion will offer presentations on Power Point, digital imaging, e-mail privacy and security, and navigating the Internet. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to rent a complementary, new personal digital assistant (PDA) to use at the meeting. The PDAs will be loaded with software and meeting information, and new information can be downloaded daily at Beaming Stations located in the pavilion. Presentations on how to use the PDAs will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb 13-15. Staff also will be on-site to provide assistance in using the units.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the debut of a new series of television programs that will air throughout the Annual Meeting. They will be broadcast in meeting hotels and in the convention center and on shuttle buses. Four 30-minute programs will be produced and televised during the meeting, with a new show airing daily. Each show will highlight various activities at the meeting, such as educational events, papers, podium, symposia, courses and scientific exhibits. The first program will air on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The new courses for 2002 include "Transitioning to Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair–The Pros and Cons," moderated by Ken Yamaguchi, MD. Dr. Yamauchi will evaluate the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in a context of the pros and cons of the mini-open repair. A panel will review both techniques for their relative merits and disadvantages. The course also will include a step-by-step description of how the mini-open technique can be used to gradually transition to the all-arthroscopic technique.

Another new course "Sync Me–Using Personal Digital Assistants in Orthopaedic Practice," moderated by Jay Mabrey, MD, will overview current PDA technology, wireless technology, and demonstrate software applications for the busy orthopaedic practitioner.

"Family Violence: Facts and Tools for the Orthopaedic Surgeon," a new course moderated by Debra Zillmer, MD, will provide orthopaedic surgeons and residents with tools to improve their effectiveness in dealing with family violence victims.

Check the schedule for a number of Wednesday evening courses.

The practice management course, "Strategic Positioning and Marketing," will take place twice on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Two sessions of "Budgeting, Cost Management and Productivity" are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14.

A number of exciting activities are scheduled to take place outside of the convention hall, including the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation’s President’s Benefit Event on Friday, Feb. 15. Mary Chapin Carpenter, five-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, and her all-star band will give a performance that is sure to appeal to diverse audiences–from rock, to pop, to country. The private concert begins at 9 p.m. at the McFarlin Auditorium on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas. Tickets may be purchased through the Advanced Registration Form in your preliminary program packet.

Arrive a day early to join fellow orthopaedic surgeons, their families, and others in the building of the Academy’s third annual Safe, Accessible Playground on Tuesday, Feb. 12. This project demonstrates the Academy’s continuing commitment to reducing and preventing playground injuries. The new playground site will be Reverchon Park, located less than 15 minutes from the Dallas Convention Center. The park is adjacent to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. The Academy is partnering with the hospital and the Dallas City Parks Department on the project, and is working with KaBOOM! and Boundless Playgrounds.

A sign-up form is available in the Special Events section of the AAOS web site, in the Annual Meeting section.

The deadline for advance registration for the Annual Meeting is Jan. 2, 2002. The Academy offices will be closed the week of Dec. 24, 2001 through New Year’s Day, so register early. Online registration is quick and easy–simply log on the AAOS web site (www.aaos.org), click on registration and follow the directions that are provided. A housing link and an air reservations link are also posted.


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