Whatever your interest or focus, you’ll find a fit at the 2012 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The scientific program begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and boasts 33 symposia on timely topics presented by the world’s leading experts; 815 paper and 578 poster presentations covering the latest research in all areas of orthopaedics; more than 80 interactive scientific exhibits giving you an in-depth look at an issue; and Specialty Day, featuring 13 orthopaedic specialty societies. In addition, more than 525 technical exhibits will be on display Wednesday through Friday.
“This year’s scientific program provides an impressive number of opportunities to fulfill the continuing education needs of every orthopaedic surgeon,” said Program Chair Michael J. Stuart, MD. “And we’ve added some innovative and exciting courses and some new events—like our guided poster tours—to the lineup.” Dr. Stuart noted that the program encourages attendees to tailor the experience to their own specialty track—easily accomplished with the Academy’s new Mobile Meeting Guide app.
This year’s Instructional Course curriculum is also impressive, with 214 courses, including 11 surgical skills courses and several courses cobranded with specialty societies. There’s also a course on preparing for retirement, the popular all-day Orthopaedic Review Course, and a new four-part Faculty Development series.
“The Instructional Course Committee has put together a terrific schedule for the 2012 Annual Meeting,” said Mark Pagnano, MD, chair of the committee. “From practice management to clinical care and surgical treatment, you are sure to find the education you are looking for in San Francisco.”
The practice management lineup includes a basics-of-coding course for residents as well as coding for practicing orthopaedic surgeons. Also back this year is the popular Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents, which offers residents the opportunity to learn about negotiating employment contracts, building a successful practice, and risk management.
Symposia are free and require no ticket to attend. Dr. Stuart singled out the following symposia for special attention:
- Worldwide Perspective on Alternate Bearings (Tuesday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Moscone South, Room 307)—A look at the clinical indications, identified problems, and basic science considerations for metal-on-metal, ceramic-on-ceramic, and metal or ceramic on highly cross-linked polyethylene. Currently available bearing options will be discussed by national and international experts.
- Trauma to the Foot and Ankle: Keeping the Surgeon Stable (Tuesday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., Moscone South, Room 307)—A comprehensive look at the most frequently discussed and debated aspects of foot and ankle trauma. The speakers will focus on specific injuries and will cover diagnosis as well as formulation and execution of a comprehensive surgical management plan.
- The Kids You See on Call: Pearls for Managing Urgent Pediatric Orthopaedics (Wednesday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., Moscone West, Room 2005)—Short didactic lectures, case-based discussions, and interactive panel debates will highlight the key pediatric emergencies, including fractures, infection, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, child abuse, and more.
- Understanding Maintenance of Certification (MOC) (Thursday, 1:30p.m.–3:30 pm, Moscone South, Room 307)—The mechanics of MOC process and a step-by-step approach that meets the reporting and application requirements will be reviewed. Educational opportunities, patient safety, outcome improvement case list preparation, and use of the AAOS and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery websites will be discussed.
- Managing the Active Patient with Knee Arthritis: Delaying or Preventing Arthroplasty (Friday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Moscone Center, Gateway Ballroom)—A world-renowned faculty will present an evidence-based, state-of-the-art spectrum of treatment options for the evaluation and management of the active patient with osteoarthritis of the knee.
New this year
Each Annual Meeting includes innovative learning opportunities, and in 2012, the Program Committee is introducing three opportunities to enhance attendees’ experience of the meeting.
“We set out to do something different,” Dr. Stuart says. “These new opportunities give attendees the best chance to discover new research and gain an understanding of upcoming trends in orthopaedics.”
- Poster Tours (Academy Hall, Moscone West, Level 1)—Experts will provide a guided tour of the 11 poster classifications, highlighting several of the best posters in each. The schedule of tours will be available at the Poster and Scientific Exhibit Help Desk in Academy Hall.
- Poster Audio Enhancement (Academy Hall, Moscone West, Level 1)—A recording by the poster presenter enhances the viewing of posters. Attendees will be able to question the authors and create an ongoing dialogue through an online blog.
- The Best of the AAOS (Friday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Moscone West, Room 2005)—A review of the best papers and posters of the AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting. These are “can’t be missed” studies—three to five chosen from each of the eleven classi-fications of Annual Meeting education.
Dr. Pagnano singled out these courses for special attention:
- ICL 282: Foot and Ankle Fusions—You Can’t Always Replace Us (Wednesday, 8 a.m.–11 a.m., Moscone West, Room 2010)—Indications, surgical techniques, current controversies, pearls, and pitfalls of foot and ankle fusions will be reviewed.
- ICL 315: Patient Communication in a Diverse and Changing World (Thursday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., Moscone South, Room 124)—As the U.S. population becomes more diverse, culturally competent communication becomes more important in optimizing patient care, building trust, and improving treatment compliance and outcomes.
- ICL 406: Venturing Into the Overlap Between Pediatric Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery (Friday, 8 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Moscone West, Room 3011)—An opportunity for pediatric orthopaedists and adult hand surgeons to expand their practices to the pediatric hand with a set of procedures that can safely be performed. Lectures, case presentations, and surgical videos will be used to highlight indications, technique, and outcome.
- ICL 445: Sex, Women, and Bones: A Musculoskeletal Health Update (Friday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Moscone South, Room 301)—Bone metabolism, interaction with pharmaceuticals, imaging techniques, and surgical treatment are reviewed in the context of children, women, and men at risk.
Dr. Pagnano said his committee is particularly enthusiastic about its new Faculty Development series—four courses “that are for anyone who would like to further define or develop their presentation skills and create an environment beneficial to learning.” The sessions are interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring laptops. These courses are offered at no charge and are on a first-come, first-served basis. All are being held at Moscone South, Room 124.
- Faculty Development Course 1: Video Production for Orthopaedic Surgeons: Getting the Award, Making a Difference (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.)—How to critically evaluate orthopaedic technique videos and how to create award-winning orthopaedic videos.
- Faculty Development Course 2: Writing Abstracts that Get Accepted (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)—How to write an abstract that is focused, concise, and clear so that the message is “heard” by the reviewers, and chances of acceptance are increased.
- Faculty Development Course 3: The Art of the Orthopaedic Lecture (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.)—How to develop a lecture, with slides, for an orthopaedic audience, whether it’s a 6-minute paper presentation or a 60-minute lecture on a specific research project or clinical subject.
- Faculty Development Course 4: Cliffs Notes on Clinical Research: What You Need to Get Started (Friday, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)—How to formulate a clinically relevant hypothesis, perform a power analysis, collect and analyze data, and determine when the results are worthy of submission as an abstract.
For more information on the AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting, visit www.aaos.org/am2012
Terry Stanton is the senior science writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at email@example.com