If you close your eyes and concentrate, you can hear the clang, clang, clang of the cable cars climbing "halfway to the stars." It's the unforgettable sounds and sights of San Francisco where 25,000 people will gather at Academy's 64th Annual Meeting.
Moscone Convention Center will be the focal point of the world's largest educational event for orthopaedic surgeons Feb. 13-17, 1997. The meeting will include 594 papers selected from a record number of submitted abstracts; 165 instructional courses, including lecture demonstration courses; 90 scientific exhibits; and 500 poster exhibits.
Fourteen symposia will explore topics ranging from health care financing and orthopaedic challenges in an aging population to articular cartilage regeneration and chondrocyte transplantation.
Opening ceremonies will be Thursday afternoon, following the joint Orthopaedic Research Society/Academy research symposium and presentation of the Kappa Delta awards.
A major change has been made in the schedule of the Business Meetings to enable more fellows to attend the important meetings. The first meeting will be Friday, as usual, but the second business meeting will be Saturday, following the guest speaker and the address by First Vice President Douglas Jackson, MD.
The Residency Director's Course will be presented by Steven Nestler, PhD, executive director, and Paul DeRosa, MD, chairman, Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The course will be Friday, Feb. 14.
The Forum for Young Orthopaedists will be Thursday, Feb. 13 and the Forum for Senior Orthopaedic Surgeons will be on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Academy President Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, will moderate an Open Forum with Academy Leaders on Friday, Feb. 14.
Special events include a gala welcoming party, performance by the San Francisco symphony, an evening in Chinatown, and a dinner/tour of the city.
The second annual President's Benefit Concert featuring popular singer Linda Ronstadt is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. The proceeds of the concert will go to Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. There also will be a full, exciting spouse/guest program.
An instructional course dinner program, "An Evening of Virtual Reality-Use of Advanced Computer Technology in Education and Surgical Training," will be held Saturday, Feb. 15.
Registration packets for the meeting will be mailed in mid-October.
Register early for drawing for prizes
Academy members registering in advance for the 64th Annual Meeting in San Francisco can participate in the "Early Registration Incentive Drawing."
December 31 has been set by the Academy as the deadline for submitting advance registration forms. Individuals sending their registration forms by fax or mail to the Academy by the deadline automatically are entered in the drawing.
Early registrants have the opportunity to win:
The drawing will be held Monday, Jan. 6, 1997 at the Academy's headquarters office in Rosemont, Ill. Winners will be notified by fax. Prizes can be picked up during the Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the Academy's headquarters office, Room 110 in the Moscone Convention Center.
More information on the drawing is included in the Annual Meeting preliminary program which is being sent to Academy members in October.
Academy plans special journal of exhibit abstracts
The Academy will publish a special journal of abstracts and illustrations from the scientific exhibits displayed at the 1997 Annual Meeting.
The trial issue will be sent to all fellows and candidate members soon after the Annual Meeting, along with a survey to determine reader interest. No decision has been made about publishing future issues. The journal was approved by the Committee on Publications and approved by the Council on Education. The Committee on Exhibits will serve as the Editorial Board.
Paul D. Psilos, PhD, managing editor, said the journal will create a permanent record of the Annual Meeting and provide all fellows with an opportunity to view and review scientific exhibits.