October 2002 Bulletin

New Orleans to host 70th Annual Meeting

AAOS meeting is premier educational event

By Carolyn Rogers

Orthopaedic surgeons from all corners of the world will converge on the city of New Orleans February 5-9, 2003 to attend the AAOS Annual Meeting—the premier orthopaedic educational gathering in the world.

A perennial favorite with Academy members, New Orleans is the perfect town in which to celebrate the Annual Meeting’s 70th anniversary. The five-day gathering will showcase the latest advances in orthopaedic treatments, technology and research. More than 175 instructional courses, 295 papers, 533 poster presentations, 32 symposia and 80 scientific exhibits will be offered, in addition to 400-plus technical exhibits.

The Annual Meeting Committee, chaired by Richard Kyle, MD, the Program Committee, chaired by Colin Moseley, MD, the Instructional Course Committee, chaired by David L. Helfet, MD, and the Exhibit Committee, chaired by Frank Pettrone, MD, have planned an outstanding educational event.

Guest Speakers

Presidential Guest Speakers for the 70th Annual Meeting will be Bob Dole and Edward James Olmos. Their presentations will focus on the topics of service and diversity.

Bob Dole

Former senator Bob Dole—recognized as one of the United States’ most prominent political figures of the 20th Century—will inspire Academy members with his personal story of service to his country. Known for his wit and Midwestern common sense, Dole’s address, "Leadership and Values in the 21st Century," promises to be a compelling one. His presentation begins at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning, February 7.

Raised on the plains of western Kansas, Dole first served his country during World War II. In 1945 he was gravely injured on the battlefield and was twice decorated for heroic achievement. Upon his return, he began an unparalleled political career, achieving national stature as Senate Majority Leader and the 1996 Republican Presidential Nominee. The retired senator now serves as the volunteer National Chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign, and as chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia. Edward James Olmos

On Thursday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m., actor/producer/humanitarian Edward James Olmos will share an altogether different story in his address, "We’re all in the Same Gang." Known as a dynamic speaker, he encourages audiences to embrace diversity.

Considered the ‘Olivier of the Latino World,’ Olmos first became familiar to television audiences as the taciturn police Lt. Castillo on the series "Miami Vice," for which he won both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. In 1999, the Academy-Award nominated actor launched a nationwide multimedia project called "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States."

Aside from his artistic achievements, the East Los Angeles native has received numerous accolades for his social activism. During the L.A. riots he served as a calm presence in the midst of chaos and gunfire and later played an instrumental role in the clean-up efforts. Currently, Olmos is executive director of the "Lives in Hazard Educational Project"—a national gang prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.


In addition to Olmos’ speech, "cultural diversity" will be addressed at a number of venues throughout the 2003 Annual Meeting. The symposium "Do You Speak the Other Guy’s Language? Culture, Diversity and the Bottom Line," scheduled for Wednesday morning, will provide practical information regarding culturally competent medicine that could improve patient outcomes, decrease the cost of care, increase your patient base and decrease your risk of malpractice.

Of the 32 symposia planned for the 2003 meeting, nine will feature an electronic audience response system (ARS). ARS allows the moderator to poll the audience for information and opinions on both demographic and clinical questions. Symposia utilizing the ARS include "Hip Fractures in the Elderly," moderated by Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, "Elbow Reconstruction," moderated by Jesse Jupiter, MD and "The Problematic Effects of Aging," moderated by Peter Cohen, MD and Elton Strauss, MD.

Instructional courses

Instructional course highlights include the interactive "Communications Skills Workshop: The Medical Interview," which will be presented both Thursday and Friday mornings. Communication skills mentors will teach techniques to improve communications skills using the Bayer educational model with updated orthopaedic-specific video vignettes.

The "Orthopaedic Review Course," to be held on Thursday, February 6, is another highlight. It promises to be the "ultimate refresher" for orthopaedists ready to brush up on their current knowledge of diagnosis and management of clinical problems.

Nine instructional courses will feature the ARS system, including "The Operative Management of Pediatric Fractures," "Shoulder Arthroplasty: Current Techniques," and "Failed Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: Evaluation and Management."

Programs for residents

Residents can network with colleagues and gain practical insight to use in their orthopaedic practice at the "Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents," which will take place prior to the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Key topics include CPT coding, fraud and abuse prevention, financial planning, using a personal digital assistant, stress management and more. Registration for the symposium is free to all U.S. orthopaedic residents. As an added bonus, residents who register for the symposium in advance will receive free registration for the Annual Meeting.

Residency directors are encouraged to support their residents’ participation in the Annual Meeting.

Poster presentation breakfast

Poster presentations will be located in Hall D of the Morial Convention Center. On Thursday, February 6, at 7 a.m., coffee and beignets will be served and awards will be presented to the best poster in each of the 12 classifications as well as overall "best poster" winner.

AAOS Technology Pavilion

The AAOS Technology Pavilion returns this year to showcase the latest technology products and applications developed for health care professionals. More than 20 half-hour educational presentations will be offered, and beaming stations will be available for members to download Annual Meeting and other information onto handheld computers.


Explore the marketplace, compare products first-hand and plan your purchases of orthopaedic products and services that will help you provide a higher level of care to your patients and enable you to more effectively manage your practice. More than 400 companies will be displaying their products in Halls E through I of the Morial Convention Center. Exhibits will be open from Wednesday, February 5 through Friday, February 7.

Placement Center

The Academy’s job placement service, providing a list of employment opportunities and candidates, will be available at the Placement Center located in Room 284 of the Morial Convention Center. Bulletin boards will be available to post practice opportunity information at no charge. The Placement Center also may be used to conduct interviews.

"Legacy of Heroes" exhibit

The countless heroic deeds performed by orthopaedic surgeons during World War II will be honored with a "Legacy of Heroes" exhibit, which will be on display just outside the convention center’s main ballroom. (See related story on page 31.)

"Safe Playground" build

Plan to arrive in "The Big Easy" a day early to pitch in with fellow Academy members, their families and others to build the Academy’s fourth Safe, Accessible Playground on Tuesday, February 4, 2003.

The Academy is partnering this year with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans (UCPGNO) to build a playground at "City Park." Orthopaedic surgeon and Academy member James T. Bennett, MD, current board chairman of UCPGNO, is committed to making this park a legacy of the highest standard.

You can add your name to the volunteer roster by visiting the Public Education and Media Information section of the Academy’s Web site (www.aaos.org).

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