Believe it or not, planning for retirement can be easy. And to help make the transition easy for you, the Academy will offer "Planning Your Retirement: What Orthopaedic Surgeons Need to Know" in 1997.
The 1 1/2-day course will be offered Oct. 18-19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island, Fla. and Nov. 1-2 at the Pointe Hilton Resort on South Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz.
"Right now, very little information is available on retirement planning exclusively designed for surgeons," said course chairman Merrill A. Ritter, MD. "I realized this when I started to seek advice for my own future retirement plans. I noticed no one was offering the information I wanted," he said.
According to Dr. Ritter, the Academy's retirement courses will not solely focus on the financial aspects of retirement. "There are a lot of financial seminars, and that is not the Academy's purpose for this course."
Instead, the Academy's retirement course will concentrate on the psychological elements and the many options available to orthopaedic surgeons. "We'll have presentations on how to mentally prepare yourself for retirement," Dr. Ritter said. "Retiring from a career in medicine is tough, and we'll describe some ways to make it easier.
"We'll also discuss alternative careers and activities that orthopaedists can become involved in once they stop practicing medicine. We'll provide information on how to volunteer for Orthopaedics Overseas; become a medical expert in malpractice cases; or be involved with workers' compensation cases," Dr. Ritter said.
The faculty for the courses have an extensive background in retirement planning, Dr. Ritter said. "Many of the presenters are orthopaedic surgeons who can provide their own perspectives of retirement," he said. There also will be presentations by experts in psychology, financial planning and legal issues.
This is the first time the Academy has offered a continuing medical education course on retirement planning. It is worth eight hours of continuing medical education credits.
The Academy's Board of Directors always has been interested in offering some type of retirement program for members. A symposium entitled "So You're Going to Retire" was offered at the 1994 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. An instructional course on alternate career pathways also was offered at the meeting. Both events were very well-received by members.
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation also has been involved with retirement planning sessions for orthopaedic surgeons. Most of the seminars have been offered at regional and state orthopaedic societies' annual meetings, and have primarily dealt with the financial aspects of retirement. OREF will be a cooperating sponsor of the Academy's two retirement courses in the fall.
Later this month, the Academy plans to mail a survey to all emeritus members asking questions about retiring from a medical career and the issues they faced during the transition. "It is our hope to incorporate their thoughts into future course curriculum," Dr. Ritter said.
Along with Dr. Ritter, G. Dean MacEwen, MD has contributed to the development of the courses, and will be chairman of the session held in October.
For more information about "Planning Your Retirement: What Orthopaedic Surgeons Need to Know," contact the Academy's customer service department at (800) 626-6726.