Published 4/1/2009
Bronwyn Barrera; Lewis Jenkins

Webinar series focuses on ACL, upper extremity

Current, convenient, cost-effective way to earn CME credits

Think you can’t afford to take time away from your practice to attend an AAOS-sponsored course this year? Think again. The AAOS has harnessed the versatility and convenience of online education to bring you a series of live Webinars, designed to keep you current on musculoskeletal topics and evidence-based treatment.

“Our goal is to bring high-quality Academy educational programs to members, thus reducing their time away from practice and family,” noted Gerald Williams Jr., MD, chair of the CME Courses Committee. “We expect to increase the number of Webinars offered in the future if Academy members find these programs valuable. There may be a time when a member participates in a Webinar at home on a Tuesday night and then completes the skills component at the Orthopaedic Learning Center on the following Saturday.”

All 2009 Webinars have been developed in partnership with orthopaedic specialty societies, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). These 90-minute courses include interactive learning, live instruction, and questions answered in real time, with the high quality you expect from the Academy’s educational programs. Participants will also receive materials in advance and will be required to complete a pre-Webinar activity.

Plan now to participate in these live evening courses, get your questions answered, and earn 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditsTM per course—all without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

Planned programs
“AAOS/POSNA Operative Management of Pediatric Upper Extremity Fractures: Pearls and Pitfalls” will be held on May 19, beginning at 8:15 p.m. (ET). Under the direction of Kenneth J. Noonan, MD, this program will get you up to speed and build your confidence in providing trauma care to children with upper extremity fractures seen in the emergency department. Topics include proximal, supracondylar, and lateral condyle fractures of the humerus; intramedullary fixation of forearm fractures; and displaced distal radius fractures.

“AAOS/AOSSM Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction” is scheduled for June 16. Webinar leader Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, and faculty will give you an overview of how to apply lessons learned from double-bundle ACL reconstructions to improve single-bundle techniques. The Webinar will also cover current techniques for transtibial versus anteromedial portal patellar tendon autograft ACL reconstructions and review current techniques for autograft hamstring single-bundle reconstructions.

On September 15, Leesa M. Galatz, MD, takes the lead on “AAOS/ASES/OTA The Shattered Shoulder: Sorting Out the Pieces” with in-depth coverage of both patient and fracture evaluations and indications for different treatments. Both surgical fixation and arthroplasty techniques will be covered. Case-based discussions among faculty highlight important points and emphasize a common-sense approach to this challenging clinical problem.

The final Webinar, “AAOS/ASSH Nerve Compression Syndromes of the Upper Extremity,” with David R. Steinberg, MD, as course director, is scheduled for October 15. Covering basic strategies in diagnosing and treating common and uncommon upper extremity nerve compression syndromes, this course also discusses how to apply the AAOS Clinical Guidelines on the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to patient care.

The fee per Webinar is $59 for members, $99 for nonmembers, and $49 for residents and emeritus members. Webinars will also be available for viewing at the program origination site for 90 days following presentation and then posted on the Academy’s Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Web site and available for viewing on demand. In addition, each Webinar will be available for purchase on DVD after the program presentation date. Whether you tune into the live event or choose to view the program at a later date, you must complete a post-event evaluation form to receive CME credit.

Subscribe and save
By subscribing to the entire series, AAOS members and residents can save up to 27 percent off the individual course pricing. The subscription price is just $172 for all four Webinars ($43 each). Subscribers can participate in the live Webinar or watch it on demand after the program ends.

“We want Academy members to have the greatest flexibility in accessing these Webinars—mix and match—live or on demand, on DVD or the Internet,” explained Howard Mevis, director of the electronic media, examination programs, CME courses, and practice management group.

Register now
Visit www.aaos.org/courses for specific details and registration information for each Webinar. Watch for more information about AAOS Webinars in upcoming issues of AAOS Now and AAOS Headline News Now.

Bronwyn Barrera is a manager in the AAOS marketing department; Lewis Jenkins is the director of marketing.