Now more than ever before, orthopaedic surgeons are investing in home study programs. Whether it is viewing videotapes or CD-ROMs, staying at home to learn is an option many orthopaedic surgeons are choosing.
More than 19,000 videotape programs and 16,000 CD-ROMs have been sold by the Academy since they were first offered in 1990. A recent survey developed by the Academy entitled 1994 Orthopaedic Physician Census indicated that 49 percent of orthopaedic surgeons will increase their spending on electronic media products in the coming years.
Since 1990, the Committee on Electronic Media Education has been hard at work in developing new high-tech ways for orthopaedic surgeons to learn at home. In one of its first projects, the committee expanded the Academy's existing videotape library. More than 400 titles in the Orthopaedic Surgeons' Video Library have been accepted from member submissions and distributed by the Academy since the library was introduced in 1986.
The Orthopaedic Surgeons' Videotape Library contains videotapes of many new surgical techniques in orthopaedics. Topics range from ankle arthroscopy and total shoulder arthroplasty to slipped capital femoral epiphysis and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
The committee went on to develop a series of intensive surgical skills videotape programs entitled At Issue in Orthopaedics.
The At Issue in Orthopaedics series was introduced in 1992 and became an instant favorite for home study by Academy members. The program was designed to help users learn more about various orthopaedic surgical controversies through surgical demonstration, debate, and discussion.
"The At Issue in Orthopaedics series is a very important aspect of the Academy's effort to provide comprehensive home study learning opportunities," said Colin F. Moseley, MD, chairman, Committee on Electronic Media Education. "It allows users to control their own learning environment. For the first time, they can decide where, when, and how fast they will learn."
Five At Issue in Orthopaedics videotape programs are currently offered by the Academy. Three additional programs in production are: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Open versus Closed Treatment; Total Hip Replacement, Cemented versus Cementless; and Rotator Cuff Tears, Open versus Closed.
With an expanded videotape library in place, the committee tackled the job of introducing CD-ROMs as a home-study tool to the Academy membership. In the initial business plan developed by the committee, three levels of computer-based educational programs - information databases, simple interactive multimedia programs, and advanced multimedia applications - were planned.
The first series of CD-ROMs that the Academy offered were Orthopaedic Knowledge Update on CD-ROM and Instructional Course Lectures on CD-ROM. These database programs have proved to be so successful that they are updated often.
A new OKU on CD-ROM (Volumes 1-5) is anticipated for release
in spring 1996, and an updated ICL on CD-ROM will be released
in the winter 1997. In
addition, an updated CD-ROM program that combines The American Journal of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery was released in May.
The Academy continued its efforts
by producing the Orthopaedic Grand Rounds series of six interactive programssports medicine, hand, pediatric orthopaedics, musculoskeletal tumors and diseases, hip, and spine.
Each program presents four patient cases that test orthopaedic surgeons on various patient management topics. Twelve hours of Category 2 continuing medical education credit is available to users upon completion.
In 1996, the Academy will offer
The Athlete's Knee, a CD-ROM program that awards Category 1 continuing medical education credit to users. The new CD-ROM is an interactive program that will combine text, still images, video, and sound.
"With this program, we wanted to have a lot of high-tech features that would make it both educational and entertaining," said Dr. Moseley.
The Athlete's Knee will contain three patient cases and unique sections such as "Anatomy Lab" and "Coding Clinic." Points will be awarded to users when they make correct diagnosis and treatment decisions in each of the patient case studies. The total points received along with hours of program-use for all three cases can be reported to the Academy for Category 1 continuing medical education credit.
To help Academy members improve their computer skills, the Academy is offering a continuing medical education course, "Orthopaedic Surgeon's Computer Boot Camp." It is designed to help orthopaedic surgeons learn about the many capabilities of IBM and Macintosh computer software and how it can be an asset in personal and professional activities.
The course will be held Aug. 24-27 and Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Orthopaedic Learning Center.
"Computer Purchasing Guidelines" also have been developed to help members make the transition to computer as easy as possible. The guidelines identify computer equipment needed to run Academy CD-ROM programs. The computer purchasing guidelines is the most requested document on the Academy's fax-on-demand system.
Members also can contact a special consultation phone service with questions about Academy CD-ROM programs. Academy staff can answer questions regarding installation, program content, and software operation.
In the coming years, the Academy is expecting even more growth in the home study market. A new business plan detailing the next five years of activity is being reviewed by the committee. It includes the continued development of databases, multimedia programs, and videotapes.
"We're also looking at virtual reality and its potential in continuing medical education," said Dr. Moseley.
For additional information about the Academy's CD-ROM and videotape programs, contact the Academy's customer service department, (800) 626-6726.