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Published 9/1/2007

Courses give you a “three-for-one” opportunity

Get a sneak preview of the site of the AAOS 2009 Annual Meeting, enjoy a registration discount, and increase your knowledge on expert witness and occupational orthopaedic issues when you sign up for both the “Expert Witness: Tips and Insights” and the “9th Annual Occupational Orthopaedics and Workers’ Compensation Course: A Multidisciplinary Perspective” courses.

The courses will be held on successive days in Las Vegas, site of the 2009 Annual Meeting. Make plans to attend both the half-day expert witness course and the two-and-a-half day workers’ comp course and get a discount.

The expert witness course is part of the AAOS Professional Compliance Program, under which the Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) establish mandatory minimum levels of acceptable conduct for all AAOS fellows and members. “Expert Witness: Tips and Insights for the Orthopaedist” will be held on Oct. 25, 2007. J. Mark Melhorn, MD, course director, will lead the effort to enhance orthopaedic surgeons’ skills at providing expert witness testimony. The session will involve a series of lectures, discussions, and breakout sessions to help members prepare for their role as expert witnesses in medical liability litigation.

The “9th Annual Occupational Orthopaedics and Workers’ Compensation Course: A Multidisciplinary Perspective” will be held Oct. 26-28, 2007. The program will review treatment for workplace injuries with a special focus on return-to-work issues and patient management. Dr. Melhorn and Naomi N. Shields, MD, serve as course co-directors.

Participants will learn how to formulate a treatment plan with return to work guidelines; review anatomy and basic science of musculoskeletal pain; compare various surgical and nonsurgical treatment protocols for workplace injuries; discuss alternative treatments, rehabilitation techniques and outcomes; improve report writing and develop new skills in office management of injuries; recognize problematic issues regarding physical impairment-and more.

Space for both courses is limited. Academy members interested in registering for both courses should contact customer service directly at (800) 626-6726 or (847) 823-7186 to receive the discounted registration fee. For more information, visit www.aaos.org/courses.