Research findings, clinical advances, small group discussions, lectures, skills demonstrations, health policy trends, and practice management advice-you'll find it all and more at the Academy's 63rd Annual Meeting February 22-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The premier orthopaedic educational meeting of the year also offers presentations of scientific papers, and an array of poster, scientific, and technical exhibits. Fellows also will find 161 Instructional Course Lectures and Lecture Demonstration Courses, including 52 new courses.
The Opening Ceremony this year will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. February 22. However, scientific papers will be presented starting at 8 a.m. and the Kappa Delta Award presentations will be at 1 p.m. This year the Annual Meeting will end on Monday instead of Tuesday, as in the past.
Although the schedule is packed with important educational events, all fellows are urged to attend the Academy's two Annual Business Meetings at 11:30 a.m. February 23 and 12:15 p.m. February 26 in the Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center.
Fellows also are encouraged to attend the Open Forum with Academy Leaders on February 24 from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in the Congress Center.
This year's symposia topics range from the "Orthopaedic Challenges in an Aging Population" at 10:30 a.m. February 22 to "Operative Management of Complex Proximal Humeral Fractures" on February 26.
Other educational programs include Case Controversies-Ask the Professor from 3:30 to 5 p.m. February 23, 24, and 26; and a Forum for Young Orthopaedists on February 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. The Basic Educators Update will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. February 23.
Also, the Academy and National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses have collaborated on presenting three courses for registered and licensed practical nurses. The nurses' courses and the allied health course for orthopaedic technologists and orthopaedic physician assistants, sponsored by Academy, will be held February 22-24 in the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery will hold its exam February 24 in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Presidential guest speakers are William Bennett, editor of the best seller, The Book of Virtues, who will talk about education and social policy; and Ricardo Martinez, MD, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Martinez will discuss injury prevention and control.
The former King of Greece Constantine will speak February 24 and Rep. Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives has been invited to speak the same day.
This year's meeting also will include demonstrations of new computer-based learning tools in the Multimedia Education Center, and the newest educational publications in the Resource Center.
Reba McEntire, award winning country singer, will be the star of the AAOS President's Concert to benefit the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, on February 24. The elaborate stage show will be held in the Atlanta Civic Center. On February 23, the Festival of Five Continents, an entertaining display of international cuisine and music, will be held in the Atlanta Apparel Mart. The Spouse/Guest program offers tours, seminars, and demonstrations.