Hands-on skill courses at the Orthopaedic Learning Center cover the latest treatment options and enable participants to practice advanced surgical techniques.
Courtesy of Pat Cichlar of the OLC


Published 7/1/2010
Bronwyn Barrera, MBA

Sign up early for popular CME courses

Fall programs offer something for everyone

Whether you’re looking to acquire new skills with hands-on practice, improve your outcomes with tips and techniques from experts, or prepare for Maintenance of Certification (MOCTM), the AAOS has a fall continuing medical education (CME) course line-up that can help you meet your goals. If you’re planning to attend one of these focused programs, be sure to register early because popular courses fill up quickly.

Practice management
Position your practice for success with AAOS Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice Ahead of the Curve, directed by Michele M. Zembo, MD, MBA, and John Cherf, MD, MPH, MBA. This all-new, 2½-day program (Sept. 24–26) for physicians and practice executives will offer strategies to improve practice performance, protect reimbursements, negotiate with hospitals, improve your business operations, and identify advantageous joint venture arrangements.

Hands-on skills
The AAOS and the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) join forces to present two hands-on skills programs at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) in Rosemont, Ill. The AAOS/ASES Elbow Reconstruction: Arthroscopy, Instability and Arthroplasty (Oct. 1–2), directed by Scott P. Steinmann, MD, and Matthew L. Ramsey, MD, will provide 10.5 hours of hands-on lab time in advanced elbow arthroscopy, medial and lateral instability, and reconstruction.

AAOS/ASES Shoulder Arthroplasty: Surgical Indications and Techniques (Nov. 12–13), directed by David M. Dines, MD, and Evan L. Flatow, MD, will offer 9.75 hours of hands-on lab time covering the latest techniques for partial and complete humeral resurfacing, hemiarthroplasty, total shoulder arthroplasty, and reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

The AAOS and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) are collaborating on a 2-day skills course (Oct. 8–9). You can attend for one or both days to accommodate your interests and time out of the office. AAOS/AAHKS Improving Outcomes for Partial, Primary and Revision Knee Arthroplasty, directed by Michael E. Berend, MD, and Peter F. Sharkey, MD, will cover primary partial and total knee arthroplasty on the first day and revision and more complex reconstruction on the second day.

Together with the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), the AAOS presents the new AAOS/LSRS Contemporary Techniques in Spinal Surgery at the OLC (Oct. 21–23). Jim A. Youssef, MD, and Darrel S. Brodke, MD, will lead a hands-on skills program with 12.5 hours of lab time to practice advanced surgical techniques for treating cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathologies.

The AAOS and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) partner to offer the hands-on skills experience, AAOS/OTA Strategies and Tactics in Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma (Dec. 2–4). Gerald J. Lang, MD, and Philip R. Wolinsky, MD, together with a world-class faculty, will address routine and high-energy complex fracture management and how to avoid related complications. The approximately 9 hours of hands-on cadaver lab time are used to practice surgical treatment options for intra-articular and long-bone fractures, as well as locked and nonlocked plating techniques.

Workers comp/expert witness
The 12th Annual AAOS Occupational Orthopaedic and Workers’ Compensation (Nov. 5–7) and the AAOS Expert Witness: Solving the Legal Quagmire (Nov. 4) courses go hand-in-hand. J. Mark Melhorn, MD, and Charles N. Brooks, MD, will cover the legal, administrative, ethical, and insurance elements—as well as the medicolegal and medical liability litigation issues—that are an essential part of workers’ compensation cases.

MOC review
If you are preparing for MOC, the Academy offers the AAOS Board Maintenance of CertificationTM Preparation and Review course to help you sift through the material essential for certification. Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, and Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC, will lead the program in Cambridge, Mass. (Nov. 11–13), and Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD, and Tal S. David, MD, will cover the same material in San Francisco (Nov. 18–20).

With more than 60 national and international faculty members, the 7th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, presented by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and AAOS in Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 1–4), is a “don’t miss” event. Directed by John M. Flynn, MD, this cosponsored program will feature lectures, interactive case discussions, and more than 40 breakout sessions and industry workshops.

Stay-at-home learning
No time to travel this fall? Take advantage of the AAOS Webinar series, a convenient way to learn from your office or home. On Sept. 22, William M. Ricci, MD, will direct the AAOS/OTA Locked Plating in the Management of Metaphyseal Fractures Webinar. Michael A. Mont, MD, will lead the AAOS/AAHKS Periprosthetic Fractures around Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasties Webinar on Nov. 17. Previously presented programs are available for purchase on CD or for online replay on
Orthopaedic Knowledge Online.

For more information or to register for any Academy CME courses, please call AAOS Customer Service at (800) 626-6726, click on the Physician Education tab on the AAOS homepage, or go directly to www.aaos.org/courses

Bronwyn Barrera, MBA, is a manager in the AAOS marketing department. She can be reached at barrera@aaos.org