December 2004 Bulletin

Evening sessions planned for Annual Meeting

Additional opportunities for learning scheduled for Wednesday

By Mary Ann Porucznik

There’s so much to see and do at the AAOS Annual Meeting, who has time for everything? It’s a good thing that orthopaedic surgeons are accustomed to long days. Capitalizing on that energy, the 2005 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., will feature several evening activities on Wednesday, Feb. 23. All activities take place at the Washington Convention Center.

“Up Close and Personal”

Two concurrent one-hour “Up Close and Personal” sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sessions are free and audience participation is encouraged; registration for the Annual Meeting is required to attend these interactive gatherings.

“Management of Patients with Cartilage Problems” provides the opportunity to visit with faculty who have have extensive experience in the evaluation and management of patients with chondral injury. Case review will give you a clinically useful understanding of the indications and techniques in the application of cartilage repair techniques including, but not limited to: fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation, osteochondral autograft transplantation, autologous chondrycyte implantation and osteotomy.

“Distal Radial Fractures” will feature illustrative cases and address fundamental decision-making issues regarding distal radius fractures, with a focus on the practicing orthopaedists.

Evening symposium

New this year will be an evening symposium from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on “Cultural Competency: Enhancing Your Communications.” The free symposium will feature an audience response system, so you can measure your learning against other participants. (See article on the new AAOS audience response system on page 61.) Light refreshments will be provided.

The symposium, sponsored by the AAOS Diversity Committee, is designed to help audience members improve their communication skills. Better communication skills can help improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. Interactive discussion through the use of case presentations and evidence-based studies will help you identify strategies to overcome communication barriers, particularly when you and your patient are from different cultures.

Instructional courses

Eight instructional course lectures are also being offered on Wedensday evening; all begin at 6 p.m. Instructional course lectures are two-hour programs; meeting registration and a ticket are required. Course topics range from “Strategies to Reduce Pain after Total Joint Arthroplasty” to “Principles and Procedures for Shoulder Instability.”

Instructional course lectures are listed in the preliminary program sent to all Academy members. Advance registration is available through Jan. 14, 2005. To register, go to the AAOS Web site,, and click on Annual Meeting, then Registration.

Those who prefer a more self-directed approach to learning can visit Hall D, where poster exhibits, scientific exhibits and the multimedia education center will all be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday only.

Town Hall Meeting repeats at Annual Meeting

A highlight of this year’s Annual Meeting will be the Town Hall Meeting, to be held on Friday, Feb. 25 in Ballroom A of the Washington Convention Center, immediately following guest speaker Dave Barry.

During the town hall gathering, AAOS members will once again have the opportunity to ask questions and to voice their opinions on issues affecting orthopaedics. Topics may include Medicare reimbursement, medical liability reform, orthopaedic expert witness testimony, advocacy, maintenance of certification and other issues raised by members. Robert H. Haralson III, MD, MBA, executive director of medical affairs, will lead the meeting. Plan on attending and stepping up to the open mike to express your thoughts in a lively interaction with colleagues and Academy leaders.

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