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AAOS Now

Published 11/1/2008
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Carolyn Rogers

CME Wizard works like a charm

Does the prospect of paging through the 2009 Annual Meeting preliminary program—comparing hundreds of instructional courses and symposia, and juggling conflicting time slots—give you a headache? What if you could wave a magic wand and—“presto”—your ideal schedule would simply appear in front of you?

Meet the AAOS Annual Meeting CME Wizard.

Two years ago, the Academy introduced the online tool to help members plan their time efficiently and get the most out of their Annual Meeting experience.

The success of the Wizard can be seen in the nearly 50 percent increase in the number of members utilizing the tool between 2007 and 2008.

After her first experience using the Wizard, Dale E. Jarka, MD, dashed off a note of thanks to the Academy.

“I just wanted to convey my gratitude for the CME Wizard,” wrote Dr. Jarka, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has attended 16 of the last 19 Annual Meetings. “It sure beats flipping through the program book, highlighting pages, and trying to keep track of sessions that interest me.

“My husband was jealous,” she added. “The American Society of Hematology has nothing like this!”

As Dr. Jarka learned, the CME Wizard helps AAOS members plan their ideal Annual Meeting by identifying the instructional courses, symposia, and specialty-focused paper sessions most relevant to their practice focus and personal interests.

Using the CME Wizard
How does the Wizard work?

Prior to the start of registration, the Annual Meeting Program Committee rates every educational offering on a scale from zero (no relevance) to 10 (high relevance) for a range of categories, such as Foot & Ankle, Basic Research, and Pediatrics.

When you first log on to the CME Wizard, you will be asked to classify your interests in the same manner. In a brief “interest profile,” you’ll rate each of 13 categories on a scale of 0 to 10 to indicate your interest in each category, then indicate your preference for educational content based on “Clinical Research” or “Expert Opinion.”

When your interest profile is complete, just click on the “Save Ratings” button at the bottom of the page. The CME Wizard automatically creates a customized schedule for you for each day and time slot of the Annual Meeting. You can read more about the suggested offerings by clicking the event title hyperlink.

Modify your schedule
Your personalized event schedule is easy to modify, as well. To substitute a different event for one on your schedule, simply click the “Revise Schedule” link. There, you’ll see other educational events available in that time slot, ranked in descending order of relevance to your interests. Select one of these offerings or simply clear your schedule of all events in that time slot.

To start over from scratch, just click the “Re-rate Interests” link to reclassify your interests and create a new schedule.

Once you’re completely satisfied with your Annual Meeting schedule, you can print it out in either a graphical format or a linear list. Your schedule will be saved by the CME Wizard and will be accessible at any time if you wish to make additional changes.

Registration is now open for the Feb. 25–28, 2009 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Get started by visiting the CME Wizard now at www.aaos.org/wizard

Carolyn Rogers is a staff writer for AAOS Now. She can be reached at rogers@aaos.org