October 2003 Bulletin

Annual Meeting registration opens

Create your own CME specialty track

By Sandra Lee Berner

Advance registration for the 2004 AAOS Annual Meeting, which will be held March 10-14 in San Francisco, is now open and members can look forward to both new innovations and traditional program favorites. The Preliminary Program as been redesigned to allow registrants to create more specialized learning opportunities while attending the meeting. Several other interesting programs – a symposium on military medical service in Iraq, a practice management course for residents and the orthopaedic review course – are planned as well.

Preliminary Program redesign

One major change can be found in the Annual Meeting’s Preliminary Program, which has been redesigned in response to members’ request for more specialized learning opportunities at the meeting. The program structure will make it easier and more convenient to create a personal educational track.

“We hope you will take a close look at the program and consider joining us, especially if you have not been to an Annual Meeting recently. We think you will find the changes refreshing,” says Richard F. Kyle, MD, Annual Meeting Committee chair.

Wireless computing

The Technology Pavilion will include presentations that showcase the most current technology products and applications developed for the health care professional.
It will also feature PDACentral, which will allow members to download Annual Meeting scientific and exhibit information directly into their PDAs. All sessions can be browsed by date, time and title and they can be added with a single tap. The program will also allow physicians to look for a specific author or presenter, exhibitor or booth location.

Symposium on military medical service in Iraq

Since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Military has been engaged in a global war on terrorism. As a result, a significant number of military orthopaedic surgeons have been deployed to various parts of Central Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Experiences and lessons learned will be discussed in this special symposium as they relate to the demographics of both battle and non-battle injury patterns; the treatment of wounded soldiers from initial management in the theater to definitive management in the United States; the treatment of injured civilians and enemy prisoners of war; current amputee care; air evacuation policy; and the doctrinal evolution of forward surgical teams and combat support hospitals.

Orthopaedic Review Course

The Orthopaedic Review Course is a must for all who want to sharpen their skills. The course includes a review of current knowledge on diagnosis and management of clinical problems from a nationally accepted orthopaedic practice perspective. Major sections of the course include pediatric orthopaedics, upper and lower extremity, tumors and metabolic bone disease and spine. Each section also includes discussion of fractures, complications, infections and trauma.

The course takes place on Thursday, March 11, 2004, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and box lunch are included in the fee, which is $175 in advance, and $275 on-site. Discounted tickets are available for all U.S. orthopaedic residents. Advance tickets are $85. Tickets purchased on-site are $125.

Residents’ symposium

Residents will have a unique opportunity to gain practical information on the legal and business aspects of orthopaedics at the “Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents,” which will be held on Tuesday, March 9, at from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m., followed by a networking reception. Selected speakers will discuss topics such as making the transition from residency to practice, medical malpractice, fraud and abuse, CPT coding, financial planning, and PDAs in office practice.

Best of all, the Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents is free of charge. As an added bonus, Residents who register for the symposium in advance will receive free registration to attend the Annual Meeting.

The Practice Management Symposium for orthopaedic Residents is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Wyeth®.

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