December 1999 Bulletin

67th Annual Meeting: new programs, new dates-Wednesday-Sunday

Education will be in the spotlight of the Academy's 67th Annual Meeting in 2000.

The world's largest educational meeting for orthopaedic surgeons, Wednesday, March 15-Sunday, March 19, 2000 in Orlando, Fla., again will focus on the latest information on musculoskeletal procedures, treatments and research. New offerings, ranging from practice management to nonsurgical treatment in office settings, are among the new courses and symposia available to you.

Orthopaedic surgeons will find new practice management courses on strategic positioning and marketing, the essentials of health law, health care finance and budgeting, cost management and productivity, said Richard F. Kyle, MD, chairman of the Annual Meeting Committee. Each course will be presented twice by instructors from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and moderated by an orthopaedic expert.

Of the 187 instructional course lectures on the program, 58 are new. A new series, "Expanding the Scope of Your Practice" begins this year with "Managing Foot Care in Clinics or Offices." The course on nonoperative treatment, procedures and cost effective care was developed and will be presented by orthopaedic surgeons from the American Foot and Ankle Society. To complement the course, a CD-ROM will be available.

To increase the amount of time that is available for education, evening instructional courses will be available Wednesday evening on hip replacement in the young adult, CPT coding, opening an orthopaedic practice, ankle and talus fractures and physician-owned surgery centers. Another evening program, "Up Close and Personal," which was popular last year, will include advances in distal radius fracture management, benign bone tumors and alternative medicine solutions for musculoskeletal problems.

Dr. Kyle said orthopaedists are encouraged to attend a new symposium, "A Global Initiative for the Next Millenium: The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010" and learn more about this international effort to advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and to promote research.

In addition to instructional courses and 23 symposia, 316 scientific podium presentations are scheduled. There also will be 470 posters, which for the first time will be displayed continuously for either three or five days. Posters will be grouped by topic; for instance, all the knee posters will be displayed together.

A "campus" plan has been adopted, grouping Instructional Course Lectures and podium presentations for three specialties in the same area of the convention center to make them easily accessible, said Dr. Kyle.

Osteoporosis and women's health will be a focus of the Extended Program. The Women's Health and Wellness symposium will be presented by Judy Lutter, president and founder of the Melpomene Institute for Women's Health Research. Physicians will be on hand to address other women's issues, including breast cancer, hormone replacement therapy, healthy skin and stress management.

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