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February 2001 Bulletin

Emerging technology focus of broad program

Scientific and technical exhibits, papers offer vast array of information

The Moscone convention center is the site of the 68th Annual Meeting

It’s time to get ready for a trip to San Francisco later this month. The 68th AAOS Annual Meeting begins Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Moscone Convention Center, and runs through Sunday March 4, 2001. The combination of this beautiful city and the Annual Meeting makes this an ideal opportunity for education and entertainment.

A comprehensive educational program, with an emphasis on emerging technology, awaits you. You’ll be able to customize your learning experience from an impressive array of choices—181 instructional courses, including the lecture demonstrations; 288 podium presentations; and more than 500 poster and scientific exhibits. A record 27 symposia will be offered as well, on topics ranging from emerging technologies to complementary and alternative medicine.

Opportunities for individual study continue to expand at the Multimedia Education Center including software, video, CD-ROM and access to the Internet. Also, be sure to check out the exciting new Academy educational products that will be available in the Resource Center.

And you won’t want to miss the Technical Exhibits where new orthopaedic equipment, devices and services will be displayed in the largest exhibition of its kind. More than 400 exhibiting companies will be in Halls A, B, C and D of the Moscone Convention Center. Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 through Friday, March 2. A map of the Technical Exhibits is in an insert in this issue of the Bulletin at page 32.

Specialty Day, devoted to programs presented by COMSS, will take place on Saturday, March 3.

A number of intriguing guest speakers are in the line-up this year, beginning with Deepak Chopra, MD, a pioneer of alternative medicine, who will be the keynote speaker at the Spouse/Guest Program on Wednesday, Feb. 28. David Satcher, MD, PhD, U.S. Surgeon General, has been invited to speak at two symposia, "Comprehensive Fracture Management: The Cause, Not Just the Cast" and on "Diversity and Cultural Competence in Orthopaedic Practice" on Thursday, March 1.

Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Gateway Ballroom on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, following the joint Orthopaedic Research Society/AAOS research symposium. (Preceding the ORS/ AAOS symposium, the ORS business meeting in the Gateway Ballroom will include presentation of the Kappa Delta and OREF papers, the Harris Award, Urist Award and Shands Award.)

Charles Hamlin, MD, and the late Ernest M. Burgess, MD, will be honored for their humanitarian efforts. See page 34 of the Bulletin. The new Academy Fellows will be inducted and hear a welcoming address by Howard H. Steel, MD.

Richard H. Gelberman, MD, will give his first vice-presidential address on Friday, March 2 at 8 a.m. in the Gateway Ballroom as part of the ceremonial meeting. He will be followed at 9 a.m. by the presidential guest speaker, Mitch Albom, author of the best-selling book, Tuesdays With Morrie, and a nationally syndicated newspaper and TV sports commentator, who will offer his perspective on life, illness and friendship.

All members are urged to stay after the speakers conclude and attend the 9:45 a.m. Annual Business Meetings for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the 501 (c) (3) organization, and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the 501(c) (6) organization.

The Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee will hold an Open Hearing on resolutions on Feb. 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Franciscan Ballroom I and II, Argent Hotel. The Bylaws Committee will conduct an Open Hearing on Thursday March 1 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Franciscan Ballroom I and II, Argent hotel.

Special Events scheduled in San Francisco include an art show entitled eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art on Thursday evening. The show, celebrating the Bone and Joint Decade, features art created by both orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic patients, and will tell the story of the specialty though the lives of patients and the physicians who treat them. Also on Thursday is the Instructional Course Dinner featuring Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the remains of the RMS Titanic. On Friday, the President’s Benefit for OREF, California Dreamin’, will feature AL JARDINE’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS BEACH BAND, including Wilson-Philips stars Wendy and Carnie Wilson. Special guest stars also include Gunner and Matthew Nelson.

For complete information on the Annual Meeting, see the AAOS homepage at www.aaos.org.

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