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AAOS urges members affected by disasters to keep in touch
The AAOS is currently examining how the natural disasters this summer have affected its members, their practices and their lives. An important first step is maintaining contact. If you were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita, and are relocated or in a temporary location, please e-mail the AAOS at firstname.lastname@example.org, log into www.aaos.org/myprofile or call us toll free at (800) 346-2267 to let us know your location.
The AAOS has established a private discussion group to enable members affected by the disasters to request help with housing, equipment and staff and for other members to offer assistance. Although the AAOS cannot directly reply to these requests or provide direct relief, members are encouraged to use this vehicle to request and offer assistance.
In addition, the AAOS has responded to requests from residency programs by providing texts and educational materials to replace those lost in the storms. The Board of Directors has appointed a project team to identify other opportunities for the Academy to support relief efforts.
FDA issues recall of injectable products from Maryland pharmacy
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a product recall involving all injectable products—including injectable cephazolin—manufactured by Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS), of Lanham, Md., due to concerns regarding the sterility of these injectable products. CAPS distributed the affected injectable products to hospitals in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Gram negative rods have been identified in two lots of Cardioplegia solution manufactured by CAPS. Non-sterility of injectable products could represent a serious hazard to health that could lead to life-threatening injuries and death. The company advises all customers to examine their inventory and quarantine all of the product subject to this recall. Products distributed up to September 16, 2005, are affected. For more information and a complete list of the recalled products: www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/safety05.htm#CAPS
AAOS introduces CME “Make Your Own Transcript”
The AAOS has launched a new “Make Your Own Transcript” module that allows members to keep track of all their continuing medical education (CME) courses and credits, regardless of whether the credits are earned through the AAOS or another CME provider.
The upgrade is part of the AAOS effort to support members through the maintenance of certification process that will be implemented by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2007. It provides one central area for members to record CME credits; as members add credits, their transcripts will automatically be updated. Members will have to retain records to verify CME credits earned through non-AAOS courses. The new module is streamlined and easy-to-use. It is accessible in the Member Services area of the AAOS Web site at: www.aaos.org/myot (password protected).
FDA seeks orthopaedist as medical director for CDRH
The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is recruiting an orthopaedic surgeon to work as a medical officer. The duties of the medical officer include evaluating medical device clinical trials and innovative technologies for the possible marketing of these devices and technologies in orthopaedic spinal and tissue engineering applications. Applicants must have a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from an accredited institution. Graduates of foreign medical schools must submit a copy of their permanent ECFMG certification. Applicants should possess the ability to evaluate scientific information and/or have experience with total joint arthroplasty and/or spine specialty. Applicants should also be skilled in the use of analytical software, and in written and oral communications. Interested candidates should send a detailed curriculum vitae with bibliography and selected publications to: FDA/CDRH, Office of Device Evaluation, Division of General, Restorative and Neurological Devices, 9200 Corporate Blvd., HFZ-410, Rockville, MD 20850, Attn: Ms. Pauline Fogarty.
2006 AAOS Nominating Committee announced
The AAOS fellowship has just elected the following individuals to serve on the 2006 AAOS Nominating Committee, which is chaired by Vernon T. Tolo, MD:
• Louis U. Bigliani, MD (N.Y.)
• Freddie H. Fu, MD (Penn.)
• Douglas W. Jackson, MD (Calif.)
• Chitranjan S. Ranawat, MD (N.Y.)
• Peter J. Stern, MD (Ohio)
• Robert A. Winquist, MD (Wash.)
This year, because of the bylaws requirement that no more than two elected members of the Nominating Committee can be from the same state, there are two alternate members of the Nominating Committee. They are David L. Helfet, MD, and Michelle A. James, MD.
Participation by the Fellowship was slightly greater this year than in 2004, with 28.2 percent (5775) of eligible Fellows voting compared with a response rate of 26.7 percent in 2004.