June 2002 Bulletin

New online CME course targets infections

Interactive course addresses viral and bacterial infections

By Carolyn Rogers

For the latest on the treatment and challenges of viral and bacterial infections in orthopaedic surgery, check out the Academy’s newest online CME course, now posted at the "Orthopaedic Campus" on the AAOS Web site (www.aaos.org).

"Treating viral and bacterial infections has become increasingly important for the orthopaedic surgeon," explains Kevin L. Garvin, MD, course chair. "This educational program provides members with a valuable update on the current challenges in bacterial and viral infections in orthopaedics."

The course addresses joint replacement, open fractures, tuberculosis, viral disease and allografts, blood borne pathogens and resistant bacterial infections, Dr. Garvin says. "Each of these topics is timely in that either the presentation, the type of infection or the treatment has changed in recent years," he adds.

The highly interactive program is the third in a series of online CME courses offered by the Academy. The online programs—including "Post-Operative ACL Rehabilitation" and "Rotator Cuff: Diagnosis and Treatment"—are based on popular instructional course lectures and have received enthusiastic reviews for their interactive, engaging style. A fourth online CME course—"Ankle Injuries in Athletes"—is currently in development.

Cases studies

The "Viral and Bacterial Infections in Orthopaedic Surgery" program is organized into two distinct modules. The first module, "Cases/Faculty Opinion," features a series of case reports, each focusing on a different infection problem. Following each individual case study, the learner is required to answer a series of relevant questions. A renowned faculty member discusses the questions and responds to any incorrect answer, explaining the reasons for the "correct" response.

Literature review

The program’s second module, "Literature," provides the learner with an opportunity to review relevant literature and to complete a self-assessment exercise. The extensive literature section includes the complete text of the "Infections" chapter from Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 6, as well as links to various Academy Advisory Statements, interesting and relevant Web sites, and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, course registrants are encouraged to ask questions or post comments in the program’s private online discussion group. The discussion group enables users to interact with other course registrants regarding the issues covered within the program.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, learners should be able to:

In addition to Dr. Garvin, course faculty consists of Jason H. Calhoun, MD; Arlen D. Hanssen, MD; Adelisa L. Panlilio, MD, MPH; Michael J. Patzakis, MD; and Jerome D. Wiedel, MD.

CME Credit

Although the program is estimated to take three hours to complete, learners are permitted to finish the course over multiple sessions. After completion of the required assignments within both modules—as well as completion and submission of the program evaluation form—learners are eligible for a maximum of three credit hours of Category 1 CME credit. Once the course is concluded, users are able to revisit the cases and freely view all of the course material again at their leisure.

Members can register for the "Viral and Bacterial Infections in Orthopaedic Surgery" course online at www.aaos.org. Just click on the "Medical Education" tab and select "Online CME Courses" from the pull-down menu. The course is available to members for a $30 registration fee.

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