Registration for the 64th Annual Meeting is on its way to reaching an all-time high. At this writing, records indicate registration will increase by at least 20 percent for this year's meeting in San Francisco.
It's been a record-breaking year for the Annual Meeting. Not only are registrations for the meeting increasing, but so did the application requests from members to be included in the scientific program.
This year's meeting includes 594 scientific paper presentations, 15 symposia, 90 scientific exhibits, 500 poster exhibits and more than 150 instructional courses.
The Opening Ceremony of the Annual Meeting takes place on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m Prior to the ceremony, the Kappa Delta papers will be given at 2 p.m., followed by the ORS/AAOS Symposium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Both events take place in the Gateway Ballroom of the Moscone Center.
The presidential guest speakers will be Rep. William M. Thomas (R.-Calif.), chairman, subcommittee on Health, House Ways and Means Committee; and Robert E. McAfee, MD, past president of the American Medical Association.
Scientific paper presentations will be given daily from Thursday, Feb. 13 through Monday, Feb. 17. Hours are Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Poster exhibits will be on display from Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours for the scientific exhibits are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, 7:30 a.m. to noon.
More than 350 technical exhibitors will be at this year's Annual Meeting. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, 8 a.m. to noon.
The scientific symposia schedule includes last year's sessions on "Articular Cartilage Regeneration: Chondrocyte Transplantation and Other Technologies," on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. and "Orthopaedic Challenges in an Aging Population," on Saturday from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Additional clinical symposia topics range from "Arthroscopic versus Open Management of Rotator Cuff Disease" to "Biological Approaches to Spine Fusion."
Socioeconomic issues will be included in many of the scientific symposia. They include "MSAs: Emerging Alternative System of Health Care Delivery-Tides of Change," "Measuring Value in the Orthopaedic Practice," and "Managing Back Care in a Managed Care Environment."
Additional highlights of the Annual Meeting include:
"AAOS President's Benefit Concert." Singer Linda Ronstadt is the featured performer on Friday, Feb. 14.
"Open Forum with Academy Leaders." On Friday, Feb. 14, from 10:15 to 11 a.m., Academy president Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, will moderate a discussion on current Academy activities.
"Orthopaedic Review Course." An eight-hour review course will be offered on Friday, Feb. 14. The course includes sessions on pediatrics, upper extremity, lower extremity, spine and metabolic disease.
"Instructional Course Dinner-An Evening of Virtual Reality" on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
"Forum for Young Orthopaedists" on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery will provide information about board requirements and the certification process.
"Forum for Senior Orthopaedic Surgeons" on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. will explore the anticipated changes orthopaedic surgeons might face in the later part of their careers.
"Specialty Day" on Sunday, Feb. 16. Sixteen specialty societies will be holding one-day educational programs.
"Case Controversies-Ask the Professors" sessions. In a debate-style format, one-hour sessions on hip arthrosis, pediatric trauma, elbow problems and unstable knee will be offered. All four sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
"Multimedia Education Center." Open daily throughout the meeting, videotape selections and award programs from the Orthopaedic Surgery Videotape Library will be presented. CD-ROM programs as well as Internet stations also will be on display.
There also will be courses for nurses and allied health professionals. The Academy and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses have collaborated in the development of three nursing courses-"Pain Management," "Lower Extremity Trauma" and "New Procedures and Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care Centers." A course for allied health professionals entitled "Orthopaedic Trauma Update for Orthopaedic Physician Assistants and Orthopaedic Technologists" will be offered by the Academy. The nursing and allied health professionals program will take place at the San Francisco Marriott.
In addition to the educational events, all Academy fellows are encouraged to attend the two Business Meetings during the Annual Meeting. The first business meeting will be Friday, Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m., and the second business meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11:45 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the Gateway Ballroom of the convention center.
Personal scheduler on home page
n If you are feeling overwhelmed or just need a little extra help in scheduling your Annual Meeting appointments-visit the Academy's home page. The "1997 Annual Meeting Make Your Own Schedule" is a daily planner designed to help meeting attendees make their own personalized agenda before going to San Francisco.
An individual's schedule can be customized by event, topic, day and time. Annual Meeting events listed in the daily planner include scientific paper presentations, scientific symposia, instructional course lectures, poster exhibits, scientific exhibits and case controversies.
The "1997 Annual Meeting Make Your Own Schedule" can be found on the Academy's home page at http://www.aaos.org in the "1997 Annual Meeting" section.