Published 9/1/2011
Marty Krawczyk

Lecture series prepares residents for systems-based practice

Now in its third year, the AAOS Resident Practice Management Lecture Series (RPMLS) helps orthopaedic residency programs fulfill the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirement for systems-based practice, while increasing residents’ understanding of the many outside influences that have an impact on practice management.

The RPMLS currently includes 18 audio–slide lectures presented by orthopaedic surgeons, practice management consultants, and Academy staff. Each of the 20- to 30-minute lectures is downloadable via the AAOS OrthoPortal.

Systems-based practice topics address the following content domains: maximizing current and future practice revenues, increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness, achieving compliance with federal and state regulations, improving patient relations and managing risk, and engaging in ongoing organizational development. Specific lectures cover topics such as the following:

  • Understanding the financial aspects of a practice
  • Tools and techniques for allocating practice resources
  • Billing and reimbursement
  • Patient safety
  • Teamwork
  • Maintaining work and life balance
  • Avoiding physician burnout

Although geared toward residents, the RPMLS can also help members already in practice refresh their understanding of these subjects.

Residency program subscription rates are staggered and depend on the number of residents in the program; initial fees range from $275 to $575. A single annual subscription gives every resident access to all programs. The annual subscription for individual purchasers (AAOS members or resident members only) is just $99. No continuing medical education credits are offered for this program. Four new programs will be added to the series before year end.

For a complete listing of programs and to order, contact AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726, email custserv@aaos.org, or visit www.aaos.org/rpmls

Marty Krawczyk is a practice management program coordinator. She can be reached at krawczyk@aaos.org