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Satellite technology will enable participants in the AAOS/AAHKS Challenges and Controversies in Total Joint Arthroplasty course, conducted simultaneously in three cities, to connect with and learn from expert faculty across the country.


Published 1/1/2010
Maureen Leahy

Satellite course keeps orthopaedists close to home—and their patients

AAOS/AAHKS leverage technology to promote shared learning on tja

Thanks to the latest in satellite and Internet technology, orthopaedic surgeons at three locations across the country will be able to simultaneously share in the latest innovation and thought surrounding cutting edge developments and controversies in total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Surgical approaches for primary hip replacement, component choices and techniques for revision hip arthroplasty, exposure and explantation of total knee components during revision surgery, and management of periprosthetic fractures of the knee are among the issues that will be covered.

Co-sponsored by the AAOS and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the third annual “Challenges and Controversies in Total Joint Arthroplasty” continuing medical education (CME) course will take place concurrently in Rosemont, Ill., Baltimore, and San Francisco, April 30–May 1.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect and learn from the expert faculty across all three locations, providing the benefit of a larger faculty, but in a smaller, more comfortable setting closer to home.

“We will be bringing the course to the participants, rather than the participants to the course,” said William A. Jiranek, MD, who, along with Michael A. Mont, MD, and William J. Maloney, MD, is serving as this year’s course director.

“We’ve learned how to manage the satellite technology and address some of the IT challenges that we’ve faced in previous courses. By doing so, we’ve been able to make considerable technical improvements to the course while maintaining the educational quality of the program,” Dr. Jiranek said.

On-site surgical skills training
This year’s program places special emphasis on skills development. As in the past, the 2-day adult reconstruction course will include panel discussions, case presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and faculty surgical demonstrations. Based largely on the appeal of prior skills courses and feedback from past participants, the course directors decided to add on-site surgical skills training to the 2010 curriculum.

“Orthopaedic surgeons find watching expert demonstrations and then being able to try the techniques themselves very appealing. Past participants expressed a strong desire for a laboratory session as part of the course,” said Dr. Jiranek.

Surgical demonstrations will be performed at the Orthopaedic Learning Center on Friday and transmitted in real time to East and West Coast course participants via satellite. All three sites are connected via the Internet on Friday as well, enabling cross-country interaction. On Saturday, participants at all three course locations will take part in hands-on surgical skills training. Overall, the course is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills needed to do the following:

  • Define indications and techniques for various surgical approaches for total hip arthroplasty (THA)
  • Create extended trochanteric osteotomies for femoral component removal
  • Accurately insert femoral components during revision THA
  • Analyze exposure options and safely remove total knee components
  • Create antibiotic spacers (ingredients and techniques)
  • Manage periprosthetic fractures of the knee (surgical and nonsurgical options)

Additional focused content will explore new ideas in the management of pain and deep venous thrombosis after joint replacement.

“This course should continue to improve as we grow into the technology,” Dr. Jiranek said. Further leveraging of satellite and Internet technology would also allow the course to be transmitted to locations outside the United States.

For more information on the 2010 AAHKS/AAOS “Challenges & Controversies in Total Joint Arthroplasty” CME course (course numbers 3824, 3825, and 3826), visit www.aaos.org/courses

Maureen Leahy is assistant managing editor of AAOS Now. She can be reached at leahy@aaos.org