October 1997 Bulletin

CME to feature live hip surgery via satellite

Coming soon to a surgical skills course that you attend - live satellite transmissions of patient surgeries.

This fall, an Academy continuing medical education course held at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC), "Revision Hip Surgery: Innovative Approaches," on Nov. 14-16, will feature satellite transmissions of patients undergoing revision hip surgery from hospital operating rooms in Los Angeles and Chicago.

"Revision Hip Surgery: Innovative Approaches" will include two, live satellite transmissions. Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, will participate in the first satellite transmission of a patient surgery. It will be broadcast from the University of Southern California Medical Center.

On day two of the course, a second satellite transmission is scheduled from Central DuPage Hospital in the Chicago area. Wayne G. Paprosky, MD, will perform the surgery.

"There are many educational benefits in using the satellite transmissions of live patient surgeries," Harry E. Rubash, MD, course chairman, explained. "You get to see a real patient during real time, and there are no guarantees about what might occur during the surgery. It really makes the whole concept very exciting."

During the satellite transmissions, course attendees will be given the chance to ask questions of each surgeon while the procedures are being performed. An audio hook-up between the operating rooms and the OLC lecture facility will allow up-to-the-minute exchange between all participants.

"We'll be encouraging course participants to ask questions at any time during the procedure," Dr. Rubash said. "We want to make it feel as if they are right there in the operating room, too."

An instructional course at the 1998 Annual Meeting also features live surgery. Two patient surgeries will be telecast live from Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans during the course entitled "Selective Exposures for Revision Hip and Knee Replacement" on Friday, March 20.

Live telecast segments of surgical technique on "Extended Trochanteric Osteotomy" and "Exposing the Stiff Failed Knee Replacement" will be shown during the instructional course. Academy members Wayne G. Paprosky, MD, and Robert L. Barrack, MD, will perform the surgical demonstrations.

The Academy held its first satellite teleconference from an OLC surgical skills course on the spine in November 1995. The two-hour teleconference course was beamed to more than 20 hospital sites throughout the U.S. (The November OLC and Annual Meeting instructional courses' telecasts only will be made available to the participants.)

The Academy plans to offer more continuing medical education courses that incorporate special programming delivered via satellite to its calendar.

"Telecasting live surgeries has proven to be an effective learning tool," said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, chairman of the Academy's Committee on Surgical Skills Education. "We found it gets everyone much more involved, and generates a lot of extra enthusiasm at the course."

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