Annual Meeting offers many great choices

By Peter Pollack

Program chair lists his “hot topic” recommendations

“With so many great educational options, it’s difficult to narrow things down to just a few hot topics,” explains Scott D. Boden, MD, program chair of the 2009 AAOS Annual Meeting. “Our contributors have really outdone themselves this year.

“Several symposia should appeal to a wide range of attendees,” he continues. “Obviously, conflict of interest and regulation continue to be a concern for many AAOS members, and battlefield trauma advances have a lot of carryover into the civilian world. So if I had to pick, I’d definitely look at those.”

With that in mind, Dr. Boden elected to highlight the following five symposia that he thinks would have broad appeal. They are listed in chronological order; all rooms are in the Venetian Hotel.

Value-Based Purchasing and Quality Initiatives in Orthopaedics: Implications for Orthopaedic Practice, today at 10:30 a.m. in Venetian Ballroom G. Moderated by Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, this symposium will offer an overview of orthopaedic-related quality initiatives and value-based purchasing for the practicing orthopaedic surgeon.

Obesity in North America: How the Epidemic Affects Orthopaedic Care, today at 1:30 p.m. in room 2001. Moderated by Paul Tornetta III, MD, this symposium will focus on the obesity epidemic and its effect on the care of orthopaedic patients.

Advances in the Care of Battlefield Orthopaedic Trauma, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m. in Venetian Ballroom G. Moderated by CAPT Dana C. Covey, MD (USN), this symposium will highlight advances that contribute to the treatment of service members with musculoskeletal war wounds.

Off-Label Device Use: When Clinical Need Outpaces Regulatory Approval, Friday, Feb. 27, at 8:00 a.m. in Venetian Ballroom G. Moderated by Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD, this symposium examines the nuances of off-label device use through a series of contemporary clinical and surgical experiences.

Developments in the Evolving Orthopaedic Surgeon–Industry Relationship, Friday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Venetian Ballroom. Moderated by Tony Rankin, MD, this symposium will explore the current enforcement environment regarding potential conflicts of interest between orthopaedic surgeons and industry.

Instructional course lectures

Dr. Boden also selected the following instructional course lectures for special consideration:

Your Successful Orthopaedic Career: From Residency to Your First Job, today, at 8:00 a.m. in room 3501. Moderated by Lisa K. Cannada, MD, this course is designed to assist orthopaedic residents and fellows in career planning and development during residency.

Coding and Reimbursement Update 2009, today at 4:00 p.m. in Palazzo Ballroom J. Moderated by Daniel J. Nagle, MD, this course will examine changes to current procedural terminology and reimbursement.

Stress Management and Balance for the Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in room 4304. Moderated by John D. Kelly IV, MD, this course will teach participants life skills to enhance happiness, marriage, health, and wellness.

Acute Trauma: Getting Through the Night, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in room 3404. Moderated by Andrew H. Schmidt, MD, this course will cover current initial management of orthopaedic emergencies and develop the philosophy of staged management and damage-control.

Bone Health for the General Orthopaedic Surgeon: Essentials for Your Practice, Friday, Feb. 27, at 8:00 a.m. in room 3001. Moderated by Mary I. O’Connor, MD, this course will review practical issues related to evaluation and management of bone health in all patients for the general orthopaedic surgeon.

Essentials of Disaster Management: The Role of the Orthopaedic Surgeon, Friday, Feb. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in room 3201. Moderated by Christopher T. Born, MD, this course focuses on essential principles of disaster planning and management through an “all-hazards” approach and is recommended for surgeons, nurses, and ancillary staff.

Additionally, Dr. Boden also recommends making time to attend tomorrow’s town hall meeting at 8:00 a.m., and the educational event sponsored by the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee and featuring former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson and former Senator William W. Bradley at 11:00 a.m. Both events will take place in the Venetian Ballroom.

Peter Pollack is a staff writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at