October 1999 Bulletin

New schedule, new features at Annual Meeting

The 67th AAOS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. in March 2000 will have a lot of new educational offerings and a new schedule, starting one day earlier than in the past. The meeting will begin on a Wednesday instead of a Thursday. Specialty Day, formerly on Sunday, will be held on Saturday.

The Annual Meeting will start Wednesday, March 15 at 8 a.m. and conclude Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 12:30 p.m. Registration packets have been mailed and online registration will be available starting Oct. 13 in the "Annual Meeting" section of the Academy home page www.aaos.org. Once registered online, you'll have access to making your housing reservations through ITS. New this year is immediate confirmation of your housing selection.

Robert D. D'Ambrosia, MD, AAOS president, will get the world's largest educational meeting underway at Opening Ceremonies at 4 p.m. March 15. The ceremonies will for the first time honor four fellows for humanitarian service. See Humanitarian award.

Dr. D'Ambrosia also will kick off the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010, an international effort to improve prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through medical research. See Bone and Joint Decade action builds rapidly.

The Bone and Joint Decade also will be the subject of one of 23 symposia at the Annual Meeting. Other symposia include a joint presentation by AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research Society on Engineered Cells and Tissues, and the Physician-Patient Communication. David Satcher, MD, PhD, Surgeon General of the United States, has been invited to participate in the symposium, "Definition, Concepts and Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Orthopaedics."

Osteoporosis will be in the spotlight at an exhibit in the Convention Center where members can receive information about the bone disease, learn about bone density screening and obtain a personal bone density screening test.

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