Published 1/1/2007
Jennie McKee

Take advantage of the Academy’s 2007 CME courses

Looking to fulfill your continuing education needs for this year? The Academy’s 2007 continuing medical education (CME) course calendar offers 31 education courses that can enhance the musculoskeletal care you provide to patients.

“For 2007, the CME Courses Committee has developed a broad array of Academy courses to provide you with cutting-edge topics, new technology, the finest orthopaedic educators and a top-notch experience,” says Edward Akelman, MD, chairman of the CME Courses Committee. Several of this year’s courses include content derived from recent member needs assessment research. These timely programs focus on the educational gaps that members have identified. Many repeated courses have been substantially updated with new content and formats.

Orthopaedic specialty participation is high, with more than one-third of the courses being co-sponsored. The participating orthopaedic specialty societies include the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS), the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

The new courses for 2007 include:

  • Boomeritis: Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Athlete Boomeritis is a challenge orthopaedists face with the musculoskeletal care of mature or aging baby boomer athletes. This course covers the basic science, physiological and socioeconomic issues of aging as they relate to sports medicine and the musculoskeletal system.
  • MSTS/AAOS Musculoskeletal Oncology Review Course: Clinical, Radiology, Pathologic Overview and Treatment Principles Designed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year residents, this course helps students develop a strong foundation and deeper understanding of pathology in musculoskeletal oncology.
  • Cartilage Restoration of the Knee This program gives you the knowledge and technical skills to manage the spectrum of problems involving knee chondral pathology, meniscus loss and limb management.
  • AAOS/ASSH Orthopaedic Review This one-day review course, jointly sponsored with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the combined CAQ exam in hand surgery.
  • AOSSM/AAOS Review Course for Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine This intensive review of orthopaedic sports medicine is designed for orthopaedic surgeons preparing for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certificate of special qualification in orthopaedic sports medicine as well as others who want an in-depth review of orthopaedic sports medicine.
  • Top 10 Orthopaedic Controversies This course offers the opportunity to review 10 orthopaedic procedural controversies—such as total ankle arthroplasty versus fusion, bone graft substitutes versus autograft, and hip resurfacing—and how to choose the best option.

New features

There will be some new features in CME courses in 2007, including several Academy CME courses beginning and concluding with an examination. “Our goal is to provide members with a methodology to document their learning using pretests and posttests,” says Dr. Akelman. Members will receive additional CME credits for completing both tests. According to Dr. Akelman, pre- and posttests were introduced at the new Maintenance of Certification Board Examination Preparation Courses in November and December. Staff reported more than 80 percent of the course participants completed the tests.

Another new feature for surgical skills courses is the performance checklist. “We tested this concept in three programs during 2006 and plan to include checklists in at least 10 courses in 2007,” says Dr. Akelman. The checklist concept provides the learner with a breakdown of each step in a procedure, the knowledge required to support the skill, and the failure points. Members determine their skill prior to the lab session and rate their competence after completing the procedure. According to Dr. Akelman, using checklists is “another method members can use to document their learning. And, checklists provide an added benefit for faculty to use as a guide to teaching.”

“More than 1,000 Academy members volunteer to participate in these CME programs as course directors and faculty preparing individualized educational experiences, for which the Academy is grateful,” says Akelman. In addition, numerous industry partners make significant contributions by providing equipment and personnel to support the surgical skills courses. Akelman also expressed the committee’s appreciation for the unrestricted educational grants that support the Academy’s CME courses; the committee uses these grant funds to reduce member and resident/fellow tuition fees for many courses, whenever possible.

Fourteen of the educational courses will be held at the Orthopaedic Learning Center at AAOS headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. The 19 remaining courses will be held at locations throughout the country.

AAOS 2007 CME Course Calendar

March 14 – March 18

8th Annual AAOS/AOSSM Sports Medicine Course: From the Slopes to the Sidelines

Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Course Directors: Mark D. Miller, MD, and Benjamin S. Shaffer, MD

March 16 – March 18

Current Techniques in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Melanie Sanders, MD, and David B. Thordarson, MD

March 23 – March 24

AAOS/Practical Anatomy at St. Louis University: Minimally Invasive Spine

St. Louis, Mo.

Course Directors: Alan S. Hilibrand, MD; R. Douglas Orr, MD; Eeric Truumees, MD; Jeffrey C. Wang, MD

April 12 – April 15

7th Annual AAOS/OTA Orthopaedic Trauma: Current Management Strategies, Technical Pearls, and Optimizing Outcome for Common Fractures

St. Augustine, Fla.

Course Directors: Christopher T. Born, MD, and Steven A. Olson, MD

April 20 – April 21

AAOS/ASES Open and Arthroscopic Techniques in Shoulder Surgery

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Gregory P. Nicholson, MD, and George M. McCluskey, III, MD

April 20 – April 22

Boomeritis: Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Athlete

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Course Director: Richard Hawkins, MD

May 2 – May 6

AAOS Board Preparation and Review Course


Course Directors: Frank J. Frassica, MD, and Frederick M. Azar, MD

May 3 – May 6

AAOS/ASES The Shoulder and Elbow: A Comprehensive Update

Tucson, Ariz.

Course Directors: Frances Cuomo, MD, and David M. Dines, MD

May 4 – May 6

Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures: Advanced Concepts, Details, and Improved Techniques

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: M. L. “Chip” Rout, MD, and Lawrence X. Webb, MD

May 10 – May 12

MSTS/AAOS Musculoskeletal Oncology Review: Clinical, Radiographic, Pathologic Overview and Treatment Principles

St. Louis, Mo.

Course Directors: Kristy L. Weber, MD, and Theodore W. Parsons, III, MD

May 11 – May 12

Managing Complicated Hand and Wrist Problems

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Mark E. Baratz, MD, and Mark S. Cohen, MD

June 8 – June 9

Cartilage Restoration of the Knee

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Michael J. Stuart, MD, and Jason L. Koh, MD

June 22

AAOS One-Day Part II Board Certification and Preparation

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Director: Brian J. Harley, MD

Liaison: Thomas O. Clanton, MD

June 23

AAOS One-Day Part II Board Certification and Preparation

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Director: Brian J. Harley, MD

Liaison: Thomas O. Clanton, MD

June 22 – June 24

Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Techniques and Computer Navigation

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Alfred J. Tria, Jr., MD, and Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD

July 12 – July 12

AAOS/ASSH Orthopaedic Review


Course Directors: Michael Schafer, MD, and Daniel J. Nagle, MD

July 27 – July 28

AAOS/ASES Arthroscopic Shoulder Advanced Techniques

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Guido Marra, MD, and Xavier A. Duralde, MD

Aug. 3 – Aug. 5

AOSSM/AAOS Review Course for Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


Course Directors: Mark D. Miller, MD, and James E. Carpenter, MD

Sept. 8

Top Ten Orthopaedic Procedures

New York City

Course Director: Edward Akelman, MD

Sept. 28 – Sept. 30

Evolving Techniques and ‘Gold Standard’ Procedures for Ankle Arthritis

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Richard M. Marks, MD, and Sigvard “Ted” Hansen Jr., MD

Oct. 4 – Oct. 6

Knee Arthroplasty: Uni, Total and Revision Insight, New Techniques - What You Need to Know!

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Kenneth A. Krackow, MD, and Robert T. Trousdale, MD

Oct. 5 – Oct. 7

Orthopaedic Practice Management: Building Essential Skills for a Successful Practice

Las Vegas

Course Directors: Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, and David A. Halsey, MD

Oct. 25 – Oct. 27

Revision and Complex Total Hip Replacement

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Jay R. Lieberman, MD, and Paul F. Lachiewicz, MD

Oct. 26 – Oct. 28

9th Annual Occupational Orthopaedics and Workers’ Compensation: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Las Vegas

Course Director: J. Mark Melhorn, MD

Nov. 2 – Nov. 4

Top 15 Foot and Ankle Problems

San Antonio, Texas

Course Directors: Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD, and Gregory P. Guyton, MD

Nov. 4 – Nov. 9

40th Annual Course for Orthopaedic Educators

Lisle, Ill

Course Director: Stephen J. Pinney, MD

Nov. 8 – Nov. 10

Contemporary Techniques in Spinal Surgery 2007

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Frank M. Phillips, MD, and Sanford E. Emery, MD

Nov. 9 – Nov. 11

AAOS Board Maintenance of Certification© Preparation and Review

La Jolla, Calif.

Course Directors: Barry L. Riemer, MD, and Mark E. Baratz, MD

Nov. 16 – Nov. 17

AAOS/ASSH Advanced Elbow and Wrist Arthroscopy and Reconstruction

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Scott P. Steinmann, MD, and A. Lee Osterman, MD

Nov. 28 – Dec. 2

4th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium presented by POSNA and AAOS

Orlando, Fla.

Course Director: Chad Price, MD, with Advisory Board members Alain Dimeglio, MD; John M. Flynn, MD; Gregory A. Mencio, MD; Daniel J. Sucato, MD

Dec. 7 – Dec. 9

AAOS/OTA Strategies and Tactics in Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma

Rosemont, Ill.

Course Directors: Thomas A. (Toney) Russell, MD, and Joseph Borrelli, Jr., MD

Dec. 7 – Dec. 9

AAOS Board Maintenance of Certification© Preparation and Review

Cambridge, Mass.

Course Directors: Joseph M. Lane, MD, and Charles N. Cornell, MD

Reimbursement and coding workshops

The AAOS, in cooperation with KarenZupko & Associates, also presents reimbursement and coding workshops at locations throughout the United States. The reimbursement workshop, “Before and Beyond the Codes: Analyzing the Business Side of your Practice,” will discuss, among other things, the top 10 mistakes practices make in the reimbursement cycle. The workshop is suitable for physicians, administrators, practice managers, business office staff and self-supervising staff.

The two coding workshops are “Core Competencies in Orthopaedic Coding” and “Mastering Orthopaedic Coding.” “Core Competencies in Orthopaedic Coding” offers important information about coding for orthopaedic surgeons new to private practice and managers who teach new staff at the front desk or back office. Experienced coders interested in learning the details and nuances of subspecialty coding will benefit from the “Mastering Orthopaedic Coding” course.

2007 course dates and locations:

  • Feb. 8 – 10: Las Vegas
  • Feb. 22 – 24: Orlando, Fla.
  • March 30 – 31: Charleston, S.C.
  • April 13 – 14: New York City
  • April 20 – 21: Chicago
  • Aug. 24 – 25: Nashville, Tenn.
  • Sept. 28 – 29, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Nov. 2 – 3: Chicago