December 2003 Bulletin

AAOS lowers course fees for select 2004 courses

Educational grants from orthopaedic industry allow AAOS to add value, cut tuition for two 2004 courses

By James H. Beaty, MD

The Academy is reducing member tuition fees for two of its most popular CME programs in 2004, and enhancing many of its courses with “value-added” benefits such as home study programs, thanks to unrestricted educational grants provided by orthopaedic industry.

The CME Courses Committee’s goal is to provide the highest quality courses at the lowest possible tuition. In reviewing market research reports, the committee determined that members continue to recognize the Academy as the premier provider of CME courses. However, with reimbursement rate changes, many find the cost of attending most CME programs to be prohibitive.

In 2001, the AAOS Board of Directors authorized the committee to find new ways to work with industry. Committee members developed the concept of offering industry partners the opportunity to conduct satellite educational programs at the site of AAOS CME programs as a benefit of providing an educational grant. The committee then determined to use these grant funds to reduce course tuition for many of our popular CME programs.

The Committee pilot-tested this concept with an entirely new educational program on adult reconstruction of the hip and knee that was presented in October 2002 and repeated in November 2003. The positive results of these efforts led the committee to extend the concept to two additional programs in 2004. Using grant funds, we enhanced the concept with a bonus package of Academy home study publications and electronic media programs, as well as an extensive course syllabus, using grant funds. Finally, we learned about the value of using an “audience response system” from a review of Annual Meeting symposia and incorporated this technology into the programs.
As a result, we have made several fundamental changes to increase the educational value of the Academy’s adult reconstruction of the hip/knee, sports medicine and trauma programs.

Sports medicine, trauma course fees cut to $595
In April 2004, members can attend the fifth annual Sports Medicine Course—jointly sponsored with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine—for a member fee of just $595, compared to $795 in 2003. This program also provides registrants with the opportunity to attend educational sessions presented directly by participating industry partners—Arthrex and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. The course will take place April 1-4, 2004 in Ponte Verdra Beach, Fla. Scott D. Gillogly, MD and James P. Bradley, MD, are course chairs.

Member fees for the May 2004, “Orthopaedic Trauma: Current Management Concepts, Techniques and Practical Solutions” course, jointly sponsored with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, also have been reduced from $795 in 2003 to $595 in 2004. Participating industry partners include DePuy Orthopaedics, EBI, Smith and Nephew and Stryker Howmedica Osteonics. The course will be held May 20-23, 2004, in Phoenix, Ariz. Co-chairs for this course are Kathryn E. Cramer, MD; Christopher T. Born, MD; and Paul Tornetta III, MD.

Make plans now
The CME Courses Committee looks forward to your participation in these “new” programs in 2004. We also look forward to your feedback to help us make further improvements year to year.

For complete course descriptions, visit the AAOS Web site To register, or for additional information, contact AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726.

James H. Beaty, MD, is chairman of the Academy’s CME Courses Committee.


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