The Academy's 63rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta next February will, as always, provide a rich educational experience for fellows, but there will be a number of important changes to the format.
The ceremonies officially opening the five-day event will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, instead of 11:45 a.m., as in previous years. However, the Thursday program will begin at 8 a.m. with presentation of scientific papers, followed by the Kappa Delta awards, Steindler Lecture, and two symposia.
The Annual Meeting will end at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, instead of at noon on Tuesday, as it has in the past. The technical exhibits will close at noon Monday.
Academy business meetings will be held Friday and Monday, as usual. A proposed bylaws change to be voted on by the fellowship at the 1996 meeting would eliminate one of the usual two business meetings, starting at the 1997 Annual Meeting.
The Georgia World Congress Center will house most of the Annual Meeting activities, although some scientific presentations will be held across the street in the Omni hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center is the second largest convention center in the nation; it will be the host of six sporting events during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games later in the year.
The Annual Meeting program features 549 scientific papers, 12 symposia, 87 scientific exhibits, 375 poster exhibits, and 385 technical exhibits. The symposia will include "Orthopaedic Challenges in an Aging Population;" "Evaluating Patient Outcomes: What, Why and How Perspectives and Practices;" and "Riding the Tidal Wave of Change: Strategies for Survival and Success in Today's Evolving Healthcare Marketplace." The Orthopaedic Research Society-Academy symposium will be "Growth Factors as Therapeutic Agents."
William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education, will be the guest speaker on Feb. 23. Bennett, who is author of the best selling book, The Book of Virtues, will talk about education, drugs, and social policy.
Ricardo Martinez, MD, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be the presidential guest speaker on Feb. 26. Dr. Martinez is a board-certified emergency physician who has dedicated his career to trauma care and automotive injury prevention.
His Majesty King Constantine, the former King of Greece, and an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, may make a presentation.
Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House, also has been invited to address the attendees.
Fellows will be able to view videotape selections and award programs for the 1996 Orthopaedic Surgery Videotape Library, and see demonstrations of new computer-based learning tools at the Multimedia Education Center.
The Resource Center will feature an array of Academy publications and demonstrations of the Academy's new on-line computer service.
Fellows will be able to discuss issues and concerns with the Academy leadership at the Open Forum on Saturday and Specialty Day will be Sunday.
Social events will include the "Festival of the Five Continents," featuring food and decor from five continents, in the Atlanta Apparel Mart on Fri., Feb. 23. Reba McEntire, popular country and western singer, will entertain fellows and spouses at a concert held Saturday in the Atlanta Civic Center for the benefit of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. The concert will replace the traditional banquet.
An estimated 24,000 people are expected to attend the Annual Meeting. Registration packets will be mailed in mid-October. Housing registration begins Oct. 16; fellows are urged to register early. Registration can be faxed to the Academy, using MasterCard or Visa.
Advance registration will close Jan. 11, 1996. On Feb. 5, 1996, badges and tickets will be mailed to all U.S. and Canadian individuals who have registered and paid in full before Jan. 11.
Tickets purchased in advance may be exchanged at the Ticket Exchange Desk in the Registration Hall of the convention center. The registrant must pay the $10 difference between the advance purchase price and the on-site purchase price. Changes and exchanges on registrations can be made until Jan. 11; after that date, there will be a charge of $10 between the advance and on-site course fee. However, there will be no refunds for tickets on-site. All refund requests must be received in the Academy office, 6300 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Ill. 60018 on or before Feb. 6, 1996.