The Academy's home page at www.aaos.org offers a vast storehouse of usable information just waiting to be tapped by Academy fellows and everyone else in the world linked to the Internet.
Each day more than 700 people open one or more of the 5,000-plus documents, all arranged in categories or accessible by "search" tools.
If you haven't looked at the home page recently, you'll find some changes. There's a new graphical home page, and new features like the Academy membership directory, orthopaedic demographics and a job opportunity placement center. Fellows also can be part of the Academy's on-line survey.
Under development is a feature allowing fellows to make their own calendar for Annual Meeting events.
Here's a brief run down of what's in various categories of the home page.
1997 Annual Meeting Fellows will find information about registering for the Annual Meeting and a list of all Instructional Courses. Just click on a course listing to find out who is the chairman and read a brief synopsis of the content.
Discussion Groups You can share information on a variety of areas of interest from the Board of Councilors topics to clinical issues. You can swap information on fellowships and job opportunities in Physician Placement Service. Items for sale or items wanted can be found in the international discussion area.
Educational Resources Browse the Educational Resources Catalog for publications, CD-ROMs, videotapes, brochures and self-assessment exams, review the 1997 calendar of continuing medical education courses and order the Instructional Course Lecture series.
International News You can find out when international events will be held, how you can contact international orthopaedic societies and how to order educational products in other countries.
Library Everything from Position and Advisory Statements, and Opinions on Ethics to abstracts of scientific papers presented at past Annual Meetings are available. You can read the latest AAOS Report, Report from Washington and the states and the Bulletin before you get them in the mail.
Media Information News releases from the Annual Meeting
and Science Writers Seminar and fact sheets from the Academy's
seven prevention of injuries programs are available to the media,
public, as well as fellows. You'll also find the latest demographic and trend information on orthopaedics.
Medical Education Here's where you'll find information on At Issue in Orthopaedics video programs, Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examinations, special interest exams and Orthopaedic In-Training Examinations.
Member Services Not only is the Academy's Placement Service clearinghouse of Practice Opportunities and Positions Wanted here, along with an application for listing in the service, but you'll also find demographic information related to orthopaedics for specific cities in the U.S. You can find forms for a change of address, request for CME transcript. The membership directory gives you the name, address and telephone number of all Academy members.
Orthopaedic Health Policy You can contact members of Congress, get information on bills in the House and Senate and access the Library of Congress. This category includes information on the Academy's health care initiative, state societies and a vast amount of information on state government activities. You'll also find direct connections to the Health Care Financing Administration, Social Security Administration and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
Orthopaedic Specialty Societies Here's a list of specialty societies and related organizations and access to their web sites.
Orthopaedic Yellow Pages You can browse web sites of selected companies.
Public Information The full text and graphics of the Academy's patient education, prevention of injuries and health care issue brochures are available to the public, media and fellows.
Research Look here for the latest in research information-fellowships, grants and awards. You'll also find a direct connection to the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration home pages, plus access to the National Library of Medicine.