October 1998 Bulletin

Academy reaffirms commitment to skills education

Academy President James D. Heckman, MD, left, discusses Summer Institute program with Joseph Zuckerman, MD, chairman, Committee on Surgical Skills Education

Academy President James D. Heckman, MD, opened this year's Summer Institute with a keynote address affirming the Academy's dedication to surgical skills education.

More than 300 surgeons attended the Summer Institute, held for the first time in Rosemont, Ill., which provided opportunity for the surgical skills classes to be held in the Academy's state-of-the-art Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC).

"This is an exciting new way to look at presenting the Summer Institute," said Dr. Heckman, who noted that a large number of the participants were attending their first Summer Institute and/or attending their first class at the OLC.

Dr. Heckman said the construction of a Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Academy building will offer more space for the Academy's educational programs. The new 200-room Hyatt, slated to open in 1999, will include a large conference room that will be linked by fiber optic cable to the OLC making audio and visual transmissions between the two possible.

Dr. Heckman said the Board of Directors has set aside a special fund of $6.5 million that will generate interest revenue to be used to underwrite surgical skills education for the next five years. The money will be used to underwrite the Summer Institute, the operation of the OLC and to keep the registration fees for surgical skills education at their present level.

"We continue to have a strong, strong commitment to surgical skills education," Dr. Heckman said. "It is an extremely important facet of what we are doing in the Academy."

With nearly 100 faculty members on hand, the five-day Summer Institute offered participants an opportunity to be taught in small groups by some of the nation's leading orthopaedic surgeons.

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