December 2001 Bulletin

Business skills courses at Annual Meeting

Symposia, IC lectures to focus on communications, marketing, coding, budgets, legal pitfalls

By Sandra Lee Breisch

Orthopaedists cannot bury their heads in the sand and practice without any business knowledge. "Those days are over," says Paul J. Duwelius, MD, member of the Annual Meeting Committee. "I clearly think orthopaedists are at a disadvantage if they don’t have some negotiating skills in contracting with managed care plans, communication skills and market knowledge."

So, whether you’re an orthopaedist just starting a practice or you’re well-established, Dr. Duwelius says, "be sure to attend" a number of practice management Instructional Course lectures and symposia at the Annual Meeting in Dallas February 13-17, 2002.

"These courses can help you," Dr. Duwelius stresses. "Course lectures are one of the best ways to learn. They’re very valuable because the topics are timely, there’s new information and you have the leaders in the field teaching."

On Feb. 12, the day before the Annual Meeting begins, all residents are invited to attend the second annual Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., followed by a networking reception. The complimentary symposium, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca, will present information on the legal and business aspects of orthopaedics.

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