February 2000 Bulletin

AAOS, ASES plan shoulder, elbow satellite course

Whether home is Buenos Aires, Toronto, Bogota or Des Moines, orthopaedic surgeons who want to learn from a "dream team" of world renowned shoulder and elbow surgeons this May won’t have to head to the airport to do it. For the first time, the Academy—along with the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)—is sponsoring a satellite teleconference program that will be available to residency programs and orthopaedic departments in the United States and Canada, as well as orthopaedic associations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

The four-hour satellite program, originating from Miami on May 5, 2000, will provide an inexpensive opportunity for surgeons all over North, South, and Central America to be exposed to some of the most experienced shoulder and elbow surgeons in the world. The satellite course has been incorporated into the 2nd Biennial Shoulder and Elbow Meeting, co-sponsored by the Academy and the ASES, to be held in Miami from May 4-7, 2000. The satellite program will be supported by an educational grant from DePuy Orthopaedics.

"Bringing international surgeons into the fold has been identified as a major goal for the Academy, and this satellite program is one way of reaching out to them, " says Evan L. Flatow, MD, one of four course chairmen. "Also, it’s very expensive and unwieldy to assemble a large faculty, and it’s hard on the faculty to be flying everywhere, leaving their families. With the tremendous advances in the Internet and other technologies, as we develop capabilities, we can move toward a multi-media approach to these programs. This is a first step in developing that; it’s an exciting project."

Along with Dr. Flatow, course chairmen John Fenlin, MD, Richard Hawkins,MD, and Joseph Iannotti, MD, have assembled a large faculty for the program that includes several European faculty members. The satellite program will consist of two separate sessions, each approximately two hours in length. Session one, to be broadcast from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. EDT, is titled "Surgical Management of Displaced Proximal Humeral Fractures," and will be chaired by Dr. Iannotti. Session two, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EDT, is titled "Symposium: Scapula Fractures AC and SF Fractures and Dislocations," and will be chaired by Dr. Hawkins. The sessions will include formal presentations, video demonstrations, case-based learning and panel discussions.

"I’m really enthused about this method of education," says Dr. Hawkins, who spearheaded the satellite effort. "This is the first such endeavor of this magnitude. The ASES has initiated two satellite transmissions over the last two years—one successful and the other not, due to transmission difficulties. So we’re learning as we go. This is sort of a trial balloon."

The biennial shoulder and elbow meeting was chosen for satellite hookup due to the tremendous success of the first meeting two years ago in Kiawah Island, Dr. Flatow says. "Hundreds of people had to be turned away in Kiawah. It’s a dream team course in a very popular subject—we thought this would appeal to everybody."

The transmission will be one-way, but there is a possibility that participants will be able to interact with the faculty via an Internet hookup. Groups will be able to videotape the program for future use. More than 100 viewing sites are expected to take part in the satellite transmission. Residency programs are being charged a $200 registration fee, and international orthopaedic associations are being charged $100 for each viewing site.

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