|2005 Annual Meeting—an event not to be missed
For a truly memorable experience, don’t miss the Academy’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23-27, 2005. Regardless of what the election brings in November, you’ll have the opportunity to express your opinion, increase your understanding and improve your skills.
There’s nary a dull moment from the opening ceremony to the final symposium. Come a day early and you could help build a playground. Or plan on attending the pre-meeting practice management symposium for practicing orthopaedic surgeons.
During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 4:00 p.m., a prominent Washington political leader will discuss the critical political and regulatory issues affecting orthopaedic practices. AAOS President Robert W. Bucholz, MD, will inaugurate the Guest Nation program, with Spain as the first honoree.
The induction of new members will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., guest speaker Ronan Tynan, MD, a sports medicine physician better known as one of the “Irish Tenors,” will speak and sing.
The ceremonial meeting on Friday, Feb. 25 opens at 8 a.m. with the first vice-presidential address by Stuart L. Weinstein, MD. He will be followed by guest speaker Dave Barry, a nationally syndicated Miami Herald columnist and humorist. The annual business meeting will take place immediately after Mr. Barry’s presentation and will be followed by a town hall meeting during which members can raise concerns to Academy leaders.
Multiple educational opportunities
The Academy’s commitment to education is nowhere more evident than in the more than 1,100 educational opportunities available at the Annual Meeting. Broaden your understanding of both basic and cutting-edge research through the 435 original scientific papers, 479 poster presentations, 34 symposia, 180 instructional courses and 78 scientific exhibits. You could spend hours in the exhibit hall with its more than 400 technical exhibits. Learn to use new technologies during sessions at the Technology Pavilion. See the latest in educational materials at the multimedia education and the resource centers.
Plan to attend “Breakfast in the Posters” on Thursday, Feb. 24, 7–8 a.m. and find out which poster earns the coveted “Best in Show” blue ribbon. Winners in each of the 12 specialty classifications will also be recognized.
Although the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) is no longer offering a recertification exam at the Annual Meeting, it is cosponsoring a free session for residency and fellowship directors, along with the Residency Review Committee (RRC), on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. G. Paul De Rosa, MD, and Steven P. Nestler, PhD, will report on recent ABOS and RRC activities, followed by a question-and-answer session. Seating is on a first-come basis.
On Friday, Feb. 25, from 3:30–5:30 p.m., a free “Orthopaedic Educators Update” will be held. Faculty includes Laurel C. Blakemore, MD; Edmund R. Campion, MD; Stephen J. Pinney, MD; John F. Sarwark, MD, and Dan Pratt, PhD. This session will focus on emerging issues, trends and concerns involving orthopaedic education.
New this year will be the Academy Connections/Internet Café Lounge. Wireless access will be available in these areas so you can connect your laptop to the Internet.