Comprehensive offerings available in Orlando


Published 1/1/2016
Terry Stanton

ICLs in the Spotlight

"The selection of Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) for the 2016 Annual Meeting is expansive, with offerings in a variety of formats," said Tad L. Gerlinger, MD, chair of the Central Instructional Courses Committee. The meeting in Orlando, Florida, will feature 244 ICLs, ranging in length from 1 hour to 3 hours.

The number of Case Presentation format courses has increased to 32, by popular demand. The Orthopaedic Review Course has been restructured to focus on test preparation, and 27 Career Development Courses are available, with learning themes of Leadership; Research and Education; Maintenance of Certification; Teaching and Communication; and Marketing.

"This Career Development series will provide great education, particularly for academically minded members, and will be offered at no additional cost and no ticket needed," Dr. Gerlinger said. However, both Case Presentation and Technical Skills courses—as well as most other ICLs—require a ticket purchase.

During the Case Presentation courses, the course moderator presents a case and facilitators lead individual roundtable discussions, with each table sharing its conclusions. The moderator will present the best evidence-based treatment option along with teaching points. "Since their introduction, Case Presentation courses have been among the highest-rated ICL offerings," said Dr. Gerlinger.

Another highlight is the Technical Skills courses, which provide a focus on positioning, approach, and step-by-step technical tips and pearls. This year's sessions will also feature short videos from the faculty showing techniques being discussed in the courses.

Workshop sessions
Also returning to this year's meeting is the TeamSTEPPS Workshop, moderated by Harpal Khanuja, MD. Two 4-hour workshop sessions will be offered on Thursday, March 3—the first beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the second starting at 1:30 p.m. This evidence-based team-building and communication program is designed to enhance patient safety and efficiency in health care and gives members of the healthcare team the tools to help lead highly effective medical teams.

"The goal of TeamSTEPPS is to optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients. In these fundamental skills workshops, participants increase team awareness and clarify team roles and responsibilities to produce a functional unit based on patient care. Team members also learn to resolve conflicts and improve information sharing to help eliminate barriers to quality and safety," Dr. Gerlinger said.

Dr. Gerlinger also singled out the Effective Surgeon-Patient Communication: The Key to Patient Satisfaction, Patient-Centered Care, and Shared Decision Making workshop on Wednesday, March 2, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Moderated by Dwight Burney, MD, this workshop uses the 4E model (Engage, Empathize, Educate, Enlist) to enable surgeons to effectively and efficiently communicate with patients. Benefits include increased patient and surgeon satisfaction, improved adherence to treatment plans, and decreased malpractice risk.

The 2016 Orthopaedic Review Course: Update for Your Practice and Preparation for Your Test on Friday, March 4, 7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., is chaired by Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD. The major sections of the course are upper and lower extremities, spine, pediatrics, tumors, and metabolic bone disease. Each section includes a discussion of fractures, complications, infections, and trauma and a question-and-answer period.

For Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking international attendees, selected ICLs and Symposia will offer simultaneous translation of faculty presentations. This information will be available in the Final Program.

Top picks
Asked to pick a few other ICL highlights, Dr. Gerlinger offered the following choices:

  • Online Reputation Management (ICL 106, Tuesday, March 1, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.)—Speakers include the CEO of Healthgrades, the largest physician online review site, and the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communications and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, University of Florida, who will discuss issues of libel and anonymous online reviews.
  • How to Approach and Treat Metastatic Disease: Interactive and Case-based Discussion (ICL 188, Tuesday, March 1, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.)—This course uses the case presentation approach to offer clinical scenarios and a spectrum of noninvasive, minimally invasive, and more traditional surgical approaches.
  • Modern Blood Conservation Strategies for the Orthopaedic Surgeon (ICL 263, Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.)—This course explores the challenges of preoperative anemia evaluation, current practices for intraoperative fluid management and blood conservation, and postoperative transfusion triggers and hypovolemic treatment algorithms.
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty: How to Do Them All (ICL 330, Thursday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)—This Technical Skills course focuses on the key step-by-step technical aspects of performing multiple types of shoulder arthroplasty.
  • Infections of the Upper Extremity: New Developments and Challenges (ICL 405, Friday, March 4, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.)—This course reviews the role of the infectious disease consultant with an emphasis on serological testing, diagnostic workup, and microbiological analysis.

Beyond this sampling, Dr. Gerlinger urges AAOS members to review the full listing of events, plan out a program that fits their needs and interests, and register today at

He also encourages the use of the My Academy app to help attendees personalize this fantastic educational program, which is, he emphasizes, "focused on you."

Terry Stanton is a senior science writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at