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Published 5/1/2007

Specialty societies focus on education

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) are encouraged to bring their residents or fellows to the 17th Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-4, 2007. Attendees will receive up to 13 hours of CME credit during the intensive weekend format. The Annual Meeting covers state-of-the-art scientific, clinical, socioeconomic, and practice-related topics.

Program chair Thomas P. Schmalzried, MD, has planned an exciting meeting, including the following symposia: Activity following total joint replacement (TJR) and outcomes assessments—What can versus what should patients do following TJR; The malpractice crisis; and Bringing new technology to market—exploring the regulatory process. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and Capitol Hill have been invited as keynote speakers.

For more information, visit the AAHKS Web site: www.aahks.org

American Orthopaedic Association
The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) helps bridge the gap between participation by a young surgeon in the AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum (RLF) and eligibility for AOA membership.

Although the ELP was traditionally available only to a narrow group of candidates (attendees of the RLF, AOA fellowship applicants, and AAOS Clinician Scientists), the AOA is now expanding eligibility for participation in the ELP to all young, developing orthopaedic leaders. Candidates must be age 37 years or younger and have a simple letter of recommendation from a current AOA member. Participation includes the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Forum, held prior to the AOA annual meeting. The Forum provides a day and a half of specialized leadership education.
  • Access to AOA functions such as the annual meeting
  • Interaction with AOA members who represent the leaders in the specialty
  • The opportunity to present a scientific abstract at the AOA’s Annual Meeting
  • The ELP Newsletter offering information on AOA programs and upcoming events for Emerging Leaders

To learn more about the benefits of the ELP and to access an application, visit the AOA Web site (www.aoassn.org) and click on the Emerging Leaders button on the top navigation bar or call the AOA headquarters at (847) 318-7330.

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Registration is now open for the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) annual summer meeting, July 12-15, 2007, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Program chair Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD, and his committee have planned academic sessions, optional industry bioskills workshops, practice management sessions, an exhibit hall full of the latest orthopaedic technology, social activities, and much more.

In addition, a premeeting course on Complex Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle, directed by Mark E. Easley, MD, is scheduled for July 12. Register online at www.aofas.org

Plan ahead for the fall Complete Foot Care Course, Sept. 13-15, in Las Vegas. Program chair Troy S. Watson, MD, has planned a comprehensive, multidisciplinary course that emphasizes the team approach to foot and ankle care. The course is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in foot care, including nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants, orthopaedic technicians, prosthetists/orthotists, and pedorthists.

For a masters’ experience in Foot & Ankle Arthroscopy, plan to attend the Sept. 8-9 course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, in Rosemont, Ill. Presented jointly by the AOFAS and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the course features faculty members James W. Stone, MD; James P. Tasto, MD; and Alastair S. Younger, MD. For information visit www.aana.org, email: info@aana.org or call (847) 292-2262.

The AOFAS has just added a new course, The Road to Nowhere: Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2007, in New Orleans. Program chair Steven L. Haddad, MD, has planned a course with a fresh approach to analyzing and managing complications of foot and ankle surgeries. Faculty will candidly discuss complications, how to avoid them, and how to treat them should they occur. The course features both didactic lectures and case-based discussions, with ample time for participant discussion and interaction.

Comprehensive meeting registration brochures will be distributed approximately 4 to 6 months prior to each program. For more course information or to register, visit the AOFAS Web site (www.aofas.org) or call the AOFAS Executive Office (800) 235-4855.

Cervical Spine Research Society
The Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) online abstract center is now available for submitting abstracts for consideration as a podium or poster presentation at the 2007 annual meeting, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, in San Francisco. The program committee is particularly interested in topics dealing with trauma, complications, and innovative treatment strategies. The abstract submission deadline is June 1, 2007. Detailed infor-mation is located on the Meeting link on the CSRS Web site,

Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) has received an educational grant from Stryker

to support the expenses of approx-imately 20 orthopaedic residents to attend the RJOS Biennial Meeting, Oct. 5-7, 2007 in Kansas City, Mo.

Resident directors are requested to let residents know about this great opportunity. Priority (in order) will be given to the following:

  • Residents whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the meeting
  • Residents who submitted an abstract that was not accepted for presentation
  • Residents who are members of the RJOS
  • Non-RJOS member residents

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the meeting has been extended to May 23, 2007. Applications for the resident grant are now available on the RJOS Web site (www.rjos.org)

The biennial meeting will focus on “Successful Practices, Successful Practice,” and will be preceded by a special precon-ference session on Oct. 4, on “Strategies 4 Success 4 Women in Orthopaedics,” presented by Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc.