Isn't this a great Annual Meeting?

By: Peter Pollack

By Peter Pollack

Program chair suggests a few “can’t miss” activities at the Annual Meeting.
Ask Daniel J. Berry, MD, for his short list of recommended events at the 2008 AAOS Annual Meeting, and you may be overwhelmed by his response. So many events are worthy of mention, he doesn’t want to leave anything out, and he’s obviously enthusiastic about everything related to the Meeting.

“It’s fantastic,” he says. “It’s especially exciting because this is the 75th anniversary of the Academy, and the venue is tremendous. San Francisco is always a favorite site, and the attendance looks to be outstanding, maybe even record-breaking. We expect a great group of people to be there.”

Dr. Berry’s top five
Given the sheer numbers involved—33 symposia, 540 scientific paper presentations, and a record 566 scientific posters—Dr. Berry’s difficulty in selecting just a few is understandable. After some consideration, he suggests the following five symposia of special interest, listed in chronological order:

“Current State of the Fellowship Hiring Process: Is a Universal Match Necessary? Is it Possible?” today at 1:30 p.m. in Moscone South, Room 307. Moderated by Christopher D. Harner, MD, this symposium is intended to foster a dialog for improvement.

“New Devices and Techniques: The Need for the Evidence is Real,” Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. in Moscone West, Room 2005. Moderated by James H. Beaty, MD, this symposium will examine methods for evaluating the scientific basis for adoption of new technologies.

“The Evolving Orthopaedic Surgeon-Industry Relationship,” Friday, March 7, at 8 a.m. in the Gateway Ballroom. Moderated by E. Anthony Rankin, MD, this look at the current environment regarding relationships between orthopaedists and industry is a must-see event.

“Stark: The Law, the Exceptions and How to Make it Work for Your Practice Without Going ‘Stark’ Raving Mad,” Friday, at 1:30 p.m. in Moscone West, Room 2005-2011. Moderated by Michelle M. Zembo, MD, this discussion of the basics of the so-called Stark Law will include practical, specific guidelines for assessing its effect on your practice.

“Current Trends in Sports Medicine: An International Perspective,” Sunday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Moscone South, Room 301. Moderated by Pietro Tonino, MD, this international panel of experts will discuss current views and techniques for dealing with sports injuries.

Other recommended activities
Dr. Berry explains that posters have received a renewed emphasis by the Program Committee in recent years. With that in mind, he suggests attending the continental breakfast during the Poster Awards Presentations, on Friday, March 7, at 7 a.m. in Moscone West, as a good way to catch the poster highlights.

“They really contain an incredible amount of scientific information,” he says.

Dr. Berry also recommends that you make time to attend the special educational event featuring Presidential Guest Speaker Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, tomorrow, immediately following the Business and Ceremonial Meetings, in the Gateway Ballroom.