Educational opportunities abound today

Many “don’t miss” events are being held today, including four symposia this afternoon that are sure to deliver enlightening, practical information. But since you can’t be in two places at once, making a choice between these symposia might be difficult.

Here’s information that can help you decide.

Damage Control for the General Orthopaedic Surgeon: Getting Your Patient Safely to the Traumatologist. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B. Moderator: Joseph R. Hsu, MD. This symposium presents current concepts in “damage-control orthopaedic surgery,” which enables the on-call general orthopaedist to provide appropriate emergent care to stabilize trauma patients. Topics to be discussed include immediate management of open fractures, the early role of the orthopaedist in treating hemodynamically unstable pelvic fractures, diagnosis of compartment syndrome, and initial management of the mangled extremity. The symposium will also include case presentations and a panel discussion.

Fragility Fractures: The Non-Orthopaedic Issues. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom A. Moderator: Samir Mehta, MD. As the population ages, the number of patients with fragility fractures is growing at an alarming rate. Orthopaedic surgeons are generally ill-equipped to manage the nonsurgical or nonorthopaedic issues related to these injuries. The symposium will help orthopaedists serve as better gatekeepers to these patients and their needs by presenting the latest information about hip fractures as well as strategies for pathologic fracture fixation. Important information about metabolic considerations and prevention strategies will also be discussed.

Orthopaedic Fellowships: Current and Future Trends—What Are the Choices and Rules for Funding and Accrediting Your Fellows? 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B. Moderator: M. Bradford Henley, MD. Learn about the AAOS Confederation of Fellowship Matches, as well as the rules, trends, and the results of the 2009 specialty matches. Discover the processes for and significance of obtaining specialty certification and accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In addition, learn about the options for funding fellowships from orthopaedic not-for-profits, including the American Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Complex Elbow Injuries: Trauma and Reconstruction – How to Manage and Avoid Complications. 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom A. Moderator: Scott P. Steinmann, MD. Treatment of complex elbow injuries has evolved over the past decade. This symposium will discuss treatment algorithms for all aspects of elbow trauma, focusing on the management of distal humeral fractures, medial and lateral fracture dislocation, and radial head/coronoid fractures.