The Academy will present a free continuing medical education (CME) course, "Orthopaedic Care for the Special Athlete," at the Special Olympics 1999 World Summer Games in North Carolina on June 25.
Open to physicians and allied health professionals, the course will be held at the Durham Hilton, Durham, N.C. A maximum of four Category 1 CME credit hours are applicable.
Focus of "Orthopaedic Care for the Special Athlete" is spinal instability, posturing difficulties and foot and ankle conditions in special athletes. This course also will address psychology, rehabilitation and training.
The course is part of the Academy's Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program, the education and research initiative to raise awareness of the musculoskeletal health care needs of the 7.5 million Americans who have mental retardation.
Lowell H. Gill, MD, is course chairman. Admission to "Orthopaedic Care for the Special Athlete" is free of charge; however, advance registration is required. To register, visit the Academy's website at www.aaos.org or call the customer service department at 1 (800) 626-6726.
The Academy also is seeking volunteers to staff the "Education and Research Fair" of its Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program June 26-July 4 at the 1999 World Summer Games in Chapel Hill, N.C. Volunteers can participate for any number of days.