Maya Angelou is guest speaker; Jay Leno to entertain at benefit
It's almost time for the 66th Annual Meeting. Opening Ceremonies of the 1999 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. Academy president James D. Heckman, MD, will preside at the ceremony honoring new Academy fellows. An estimated 25,000 people throughout the world are expected to attend the 66th Annual Meeting in the Anaheim Convention Center.
Academy past president Newton C. McCollough III, MD, will provide the welcome address to new members. The Opening Ceremony also includes the traditional parade of international and North American orthopaedic society presidents.
Best selling author and poet Maya Angelou is the presidential guest speaker on Friday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. Angelou has published 10 best selling books and numerous magazine articles earning her a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations. When Angelou appeared at President Clinton's first inauguration, she became only the second poet in U.S. history to have the honor of writing and reading an original work at a presidential inauguration.
The Orthopaedic Review course will be presented on Friday, Feb. 5. The eight-hour course includes sessions on pediatrics, lower and upper extremity, spine and metabolic bone disease. Also, on Friday, from noon to 1 p.m., Dr. Heckman will moderate the Open Forum with Academy Leaders. The meeting will feature presentations on Academy activities and provide an opportunity for members to discuss with leadership the issues they want addressed by the Academy.
At 7 p.m. Friday the Instructional Course Dinner-An Evening of Sports Medicine and Humor-will be held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. The special dinner event features presentations by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, president and founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center, and former All-Star Pitcher Jim Bouton.
Jay Leno, comedian and host of NBC's Tonight Show, will be the featured entertainment at the AAOS President's Concert to benefit the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 6.
A "Forum for Young Orthopaedists" has been scheduled for Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel. All residents and young orthopaedic surgeons are invited to listen to presentations about the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery's requirements and procedures as well as its certification process.
Thursday evening activities will be new to this year's Annual Meeting schedule. Poster and scientific exhibits and the Multimedia Education Theatre will be open until 7 p.m.; two instructional courses-"CPT Coding and Documentation Guidelines for Orthopaedic Surgeons" and "Physician-Owned Surgery Centers"-will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.; and the "Up Close and Personal" session on pediatric forearm fractures will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. (Seating for the "Up Close and Personal" session is based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is open to all registrants of the Annual Meeting.)