February 2000 Bulletin

67th Annual Meeting is almost here

The 67th Annual Meeting is just around the corner.

Check your calendars again–the largest educational meeting for orthopaedic surgeons will be held Wednesday March 15-Sunday, March 19, 2000 in Orlando, Fla. Registration opens Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in the convention center.

You’ll find the latest information on musculoskeletal procedures, treatments and research and new practice management courses on marketing, legal issues, budgeting, cost management and productivity.

Almost one-third of the 187 instructional course lectures is new this year. 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.

The Academy, in cooperation with the American College of Physician Executives, will present courses to assist in developing and maintaining a practice.

To increase the time for educational opportunities, evening instructional courses will be available. On Wednesday evening you’ll find courses 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," will include advances in distal radius fracture management, benign bone tumors and alternative medicine solutions for musculoskeletal problems.

The educational experience will include 23 symposia, 316 scientific podium presentations and 470 posters. For the first time, posters will be displayed continuously for either three or five days.

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. These are adult reconstruction hip and knee, sports medicine and trauma.

The Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. will be the kick-off for the Bone and Joint Decade. The international movement is dedicated to raising awareness of the growing burden of musculoskeletal disorders on society. See the Bone and Joint Decade will help you. A symposium on the decade will be presented in the Auditorium on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Invited guest speakers include historian Stephen Ambrose on Thursday, March 16 at 11 a.m. and State Sen. John B. Breaux (D-La.) on Friday, March 17. U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, will participate in a symposium on "Definition, Concepts and Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Orthopaedics" on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Osteoporosis and women’s health will be a focus of the Extended Program. Physicians will be on hand to address other women’s issues, including breast cancer, hormone replacement therapy, healthy skin and stress management.

There will be plenty of other activities, too, including fun-time at Universal Studios, Thursday, March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. You’ll find a Mardi Gras parade, marching bands, and private street party and dinner on a New York City studio backlot. Tickets can be purchased on-site.

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