October 1997 Bulletin

Annual Meeting has several changes in schedule

New Orleans is the setting for the Academy's 65th Annual Meeting, March 19-23, 1998. It's the premier educational event in orthopaedics, and this year's meeting continues the tradition by offering 18 symposia, 411 scientific papers, 170 instructional course lectures, 500 poster exhibits and 90 scientific exhibits.

The big news at this year's Annual Meeting will be some changes made to the schedule. Technical exhibit halls will be open on Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 21; they will be closed on Sunday and Monday, March 22-23. The convention center will remain open to attendees on Specialty Day (Sunday) and on Monday to view scientific and poster exhibits, and the Multimedia Education Center and attend instructional courses and scientific paper presentations. Registration will be open during the entire meeting.

This year, the Academy has scheduled only one annual business meeting to be held on Saturday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the La Louisianne Ballroom of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Previously, the Academy held two business meetings.

And for the first time, on-line registration will be available to Academy members. (Note: only Academy members can register on-line because an Academy ID number is needed to access this special area.)

Some other meeting highlights include:

Annual Meeting registration packets will be sent in mid-October. Attendees are encouraged to submit their registration forms by the advance deadline date of Feb. 4, 1998; the deadline to secure housing in New Orleans is Feb. 13, 1998. Registration forms will be accepted by mail, fax or on-line. Detailed registration instructions are included in the preliminary program.

The Academy's home page in the "1998 Annual Meeting" section also contains a lot of useful information. Visit "Make Your Own Schedule," and enter meetings, courses and social events that you want to attend during the Annual Meeting. A customized daily schedule will be displayed on your computer screen and can be printed out for your own personal use. Listings (including location, time and date) and descriptions of instructional course lectures; scientific paper presentations; and poster and scientific exhibits also are on the home page.

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