AAOS Now, July 2008
Satellite course beams surgical expertise from coast to coast
‘Maximum impact, minimum time commitment’ cited as benefits Satellite and Internet technology brought a unique learning experience to nearly 200 orthopaedic surgeons this past May.
AAOS, ACOEM partner on new practice guidelines for hip disorders
The AAOS and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have begun a cooperative pilot project to develop new medical practice guidelines and to revise previous guidelines. The initial effort will focus on developing guidelines for the treatment of hip pain. The new guidelines will be released as a chapter in a new edition of ACOEM’s comprehensive Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines, slated for publication later this year.
Simulator compares knee implants
Comparison shows impact of design on kinematics Computer simulation may hold one key toward streamlining the process of testing new orthopaedic devices, according to Edward A. Morra, MSME, and A. Seth Greenwald, DPhil Oxon. Their display at the 2008 AAOS Annual Meeting examined the use of a computer model to simulate movement and wear in an artificial knee. According to Mr. Morra, the LifeMOD/KneeSIM, a software application produced by Biomechanics Research Group, Inc.
Fracture healing on trial
By Annie Hayashi Panel addresses challenges of measuring healing in clinical trials Because every orthopaedist treats fractures, measuring healing is an important clinical consideration. It’s also crucial for researchers who conduct clinical trials in fracture treatment.
Second Look – Clinical News and Views
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Biologic strategies to build bone
Symposium examines clinical applications of bone formation strategies Stuart B. Goodman, MD, PhD Restoring lost bone and avoiding complications are just two of the issues they must consider, he pointed out. Although using an autograft is the “gold standard” for rebuilding bone, the supply is limited and harvesting may result in substantial morbidity.
Putting MSCs to the test
Which stem cell has most chondrogenic potential? “Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy is very attractive for cartilage repair because so many stem cells can be obtained without damaging the normal cartilage,” said Hideyuki Koga, MD, PhD, during his presentation at the 2008 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). “We found that synovial stem cells, when compared with the others we tested, had the highest chondrogenic potential in vitro and in vivo.”
AAOS issues call for 2008 OSAE recorded answers
The Academy’s 2008 Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examination (OSAE) scored-and-recorded exam fulfills the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ self-assessment requirement for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). A minimum number of participants is necessary to ensure that statistically the examination items can be analyzed to establish reliable norms. Once you submit your OSAE answers to the AAOS Scoring Center (www.aaos.
Meetings and Course Listings
Listed below are upcoming continuing medical education (CME) courses and orthopaedic meetings (August through December 2008). For more information about AAOS-sponsored courses, contact the AAOS customer service department at (800) 626-6726 or visit the CME course section of the AAOS Web site at www.aaos.org/courses For more information about other CME courses or orthopaedic meetings listed, contact the source provided.