July 1995 Bulletin

'Top Ten' course on procedures set

Is it possible to review at least ten different orthopaedic procedures such as carpal tunnel release; fracture management; total joint replacement; wrist, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy; and bunion surgery in two days? Can a surgical skills course provide all of that information?

At this year's Summer Institute, the Academy is introducing "The Top Ten Orthopaedic Procedures" - a two-day surgical skills course devoted to updating registrants about some of the most commonly performed orthopaedic surgical techniques.

Developed by the Academy's Committee on Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Education under the direction of past chairman S. Terry Canale, MD, "The Top Ten Orthopaedic Procedures" is being offered as an alternative to the more traditional, single-subject surgical skills courses held at the Summer Institute.

"The Academy has a long and successful history of providing very specific, topic-oriented surgical skills educational courses," said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, current chairman, Committee on Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Education. "Now, we have decided to offer a comprehensive course aimed at providing an overview of some of the most important procedures an orthopaedic surgeon can perform in his or her practice."

According to Dr. Zuckerman, the Academy also is responding to changing trends in health care. "There is a strong movement in the field to go back to practicing more general orthopaedic surgery," he said.

Developing a surgical skills course of this caliber has been very challenging, Dr. Zuckerman said. "We worked very hard to develop a course that would address at least 80 percent of the procedures performed by orthopaedic surgeons," he said.

The surgical skills course includes a faculty of 34 orthopaedic surgeons who will demonstrate various surgical techniques through live or pre-taped video footage. Lecture presentations also will be given by the faculty.

"There is a lot of opportunity for registrants to interact with the faculty," Dr. Zuckerman said. "Whether it is to ask a question or comment about a specific surgical technique, we are encouraging participation."

Day one of the course reviews treatment of hip fractures in adults, spinal surgery, and small joint procedures. The second day covers knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff injuries and shoulder instability, total hip and knee arthroplasty, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Special attention will be given to discussing standard treatment methods as well as new ways to treat common orthopaedic problems. Recognizing and avoiding complications also will be reviewed.

In addition, the course features discussions about the socioeconomic issues surrounding each surgical procedure. "These presentations were developed to help give registrants a better idea of how performing certain procedures will affect their practice's bottom line," Dr. Zuckerman said.

The Summer Institute will be held Sept. 9-13 in Boston. "The Top Ten Orthopaedic Procedures" is scheduled Sept. 9-10.

Enrollment for the Summer Institute is limited to enhance participant-faculty interaction. All registrations are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be confirmed by mail.

For registration information, contact the Academy's customer service department, (800) 626-6726.

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