Published 2/1/2014

Don’t Forget Specialty Day

Saturday, March 15, offers unique educational programming

In New Orleans, a lagniappe is a little something extra. At the AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting, that something extra is Specialty Day—Saturday, March 15—a day set aside for scientific programs presented by member societies of the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS). If you haven’t already registered for Specialty Day, you can do so onsite at the Morial Convention Center Specialty Day Registration Desk, located in Lobbies B, E, and H. All sessions are held in the Morial Convention Center.

“With cutting-edge technology and medical advancements contributing to the growth of the orthopaedic community, we need to ensure that we have a forum to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences,” said Steven D.K. Ross, MD, BOS chair. “Specialty Day provides the opportunity to showcase new developments, exchange information, and interact with one another.”

Here’s a peek at what you can expect.

Meeting in La Nouvelle Ballroom C, the 2014 Specialty Day program for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) features a comprehensive look at the state-of-the-art evaluation and arthroscopic techniques used in management of problems affecting the shoulder, knee, and hip. Video spotlights will highlight current advanced arthroscopic techniques. A session on advances in practice management, discussing clinical practice management guidelines and optimizing reimbursement in today’s healthcare environment, will also be included.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) will hold sessions in Great Hall B. “Attendees will receive solid information compressed into one nonstop day of education—including practical symposia full of practical pearls,” said J. Chris Coetzee, MD, program chair. “Invited speakers and cutting-edge research presentations have been scheduled throughout the day. Additional time has been redirected from the podium to the floor to facilitate more audience discussion and enable more time to compare, contrast, challenge, and better understand the topics being presented.”

Join the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in La Nouvelle B for a doubly great program. Morning sessions will include case-based symposia, the Kennedy Lectureship and updates on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, revision rotator cuff surgery, and magnetic resonance imaging for the hip. A joint afternoon session with the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) will focus on “Case-Based Shoulder and Elbow Controversies in the Overhead Athlete.”

Meeting in Room 245, the ASES will present the evidence and clinical outcomes on rotator cuff repair, approaches to reverse shoulder arthroplasty, instability and open Latarjet, sports and trauma injuries to the elbow, joint reconstruction, and the overhead throwing athlete. The afternoon session with the AOSSM will focus on state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical techniques in shoulder and elbow and will offer a unique blend of case presentations, discussions on pros and cons of specific surgical techniques, and how-to videos.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Association of Hand Surgeons (AAHS) will focus on “The Upper Extremity in 2014.” This focused, multidimensional update of key concepts in the management of arthritis, fractures, and sports and nerve injuries takes place in Room 265. A blend of dynamic lectures, surgical technique videos, lively debates, and complicated case studies will benefit you and your practice. The final 2 hours, through a collaboration with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), will be focused on the latest in trauma management.

Four specialty societies—American Spinal Injury Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and Scoliosis Research Society—comprise the Federation of Spine Associations (FSA). Each is responsible for a section of the program, which will be held in Room 345. Clinical debates, case presentations, and topical updates make this the place to be for surgeons interested in treatment of the spine.

The Hip Society/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) will meet in Theater B. With nine symposia, presentation of The Hip Society Award papers, and highlights from the 2013 AAHKS meeting, the research is sure to be cutting-edge. The Presidential Guest Speaker, Paul J. Gregg, MD, FRCS, FRCS(Ed), of the United Kingdom, will discuss achievements and lessons learned from 10 years of National Joint Registry operations.

Meeting in Theater A, the Knee Society/AAHKS will present 10 symposia on topics ranging from nonsurgical treatment for managing knee osteoarthritis to dealing with problems such as stiffness, instability, and infection after total knee replacement. Debates, video presentations, and the “Most Difficult Case Contest” will be held, and The Knee Society award papers will be given.

The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) will meet in Room 437—and won’t limit its focus simply to oncologic issues. Tips for the surgeon scientist; issues surrounding resident education and accreditation; updates on musculoskeletal imaging, clinical trials, and advances in limb prosthetics; and a report from the World Health Organization will also be featured. The program will conclude with an “Orthopaedic Jeopardy” game moderated by program cochairs Robert Quinn, MD, and Michelle Ghert, MD, FRSC.

Find out whether the OWLS (older, wiser, leading surgeons) outscore the “Young Guns” during the OTA’s “Trauma Jeopardy.” Meeting in Theater C, the OTA has planned an informative, fun, and interactive Specialty Day. Top videos on trauma techniques and tips, tricks, and evidence on common orthopaedic trauma problems will be featured. The combined afternoon session with the ASSH/AAHS will present debates on the treatment of wrist, forearm, elbow, and upper extremity fractures.

In Room 353, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) will present a series of practice-changing complications, followed by a symposium on workforce issues and fellowship training. The early afternoon will focus on the adult sequelae of pediatric disease and a series of debates on controversial surgical indications in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, closing with reports on the research being performed by several of POSNA’s surgeon-scientists.

For more information, visit www.aaos.org/annual or the appropriate specialty society webpage.