AAOS Now, February 2010
A challenging year, filled with opportunities
To paraphrase President Abraham Lincoln, you can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I know that not every AAOS member has been pleased with the positions we have taken on healthcare reform and other issues. During the year I heard from more than 1,400 of our members and I responded to each one.
AAOS strengthens disclosure policy
New easy-to-use disclosure database, clear guidelines In response to increasing public and governmental scrutiny of the relationships between orthopaedic surgeons and industry, the AAOS is establishing a new disclosure database, which will be rolled out at the 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The new database is easy to use and incorporates clear definitions of what must be disclosed.
Board takes professional compliance actions
At its meeting on Dec. 5, 2009, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) considered both automatic compliance matters and grievances brought forth under the AAOS Professional Compliance Program. Professional compliance action After considering the information presented and upon the recommendations of the Hearing Panel of the Committee on Professionalism (COP), the Board took the following professional compliance action. Jefferson J.
Going for gold
Olympic-trained orthopaedic surgeons combine love of medicine, sports As America’s best athletes head to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, several former Olympians will be among them—as coaches, trainers, and at least one orthopaedic surgeon. Although Eric Heiden, MD, won’t be whirring around the speedskating rink to add to his five gold medals, he will be the team physician for the U.S. speedskating team, as he has been for several years.
More than just a playground
Be involved in the first Family Fitness and Fun Park Build! How often have your brought your children—or grandchildren—to a playground and sat on the sidelines watching while they had fun? Have you ever thought that children shouldn’t be the only ones who get to enjoy playgrounds? On Tuesday, March 9—the day the 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans begins—you’ll have the opportunity to see that dream realized. Even more, you could be part of making it happen.
ICL Spine returns new and updated
A valued resource for spine surgeons puts emphasis on practical Instructional Course Lectures (ICL) Spine 2, published by the AAOS cooperatively with the North American Spine Society (NASS), is the first specialty volume in the ICL series to be published in a second edition. This new compilation of selected lectures on spine topics presented at AAOS Annual Meetings over the past several years covers 10 major topics in spine surgery and emphasizes practical, clinically relevant information.
Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements
An exhibit of more than 100 original works of art, Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements will debut in New Orleans at the AAOS 2010 Annual Meeting. Organized as a tribute to injured troops, their families, and the civilians, medical staff, and orthopaedic surgeons who cared for them, the exhibition thoughtfully considers the sacrifices made in war.
Take in a movie at the 2010 Annual Meeting
Interactive theater debuts in Academy Hall Motion pictures continue to be one of orthopaedic education’s most helpful and widely used instructional tools, according to Gene R. Barrett, MD, chair of the Academy’s Multimedia Education Center Subcommittee. “Today, orthopaedists can both publish and view orthopaedic video in a great many venues.
Pat on the back…
New officers of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) for 2009-2010: John G. Heller, MD, president; Todd J. Albert, MD, past-president; Sanford E. Emery, MD, MBA, president-elect; Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, vice president; Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, treasurer; and Bruce V. Darden II, MD, secretary. The American Academy of Pediatrics Orthopaedic Section 2010 officers and board members: William L. Hennrikus Jr., MD, chair; board members J. Eric Gordon, MD; Norman Y. Otsuka, MD; Ellen M.