Stroll down Academy Row

By: Bronwyn Barrera, MBA

By Bronwyn Barrera, MBA

Stroll through the French Quarter, stroll through the Exhibit Hall, and stroll down Academy Row this Annual Meeting. Take in all the wonderful programs and resources the Academy offers to help you enhance your practice, educate your patients, and meet your clinical and professional responsibilities.

Academy Row, located on both sides of the AAOS Resource Center Bookstore in the Lobby of Academy Hall D, is where you can view new online resources, watch demonstrations, pick up free resources, and chat with friends, colleagues, and knowledgeable AAOS staff. The following programs are featured in Academy Row booths.

The 2010 PSAs are on display at Academy Row.

EMS publishing program
Discover the multitude of emergency medical services (EMS) publications available through the AAOS and Jones & Bartlett partnership at the Academy EMS Publishing Program booth. You’ll find training programs for every level of EMS education and publications on display that cover the Department of Transportation curriculum and the National Education Standards. For more information on Academy EMS publications, go to

Patient safety program
Take “Time Out” for patient safety. Stop by to learn all about the free resources and tools available to keep your patients safe, and complete online education modules developed by the Patient Safety Committee. Find out what the committee is doing to educate members on the Universal Protocol and crew resource management (CRM)/team training. For more information, visit

2010 orthopaedic surgeon census
Make sure “You Count!” Pick up information about participating in the 2010 AAOS orthopaedic surgeon census, review it online, or even complete it while you’re here. Sign your name on the map and represent your state.

Clinical practice guidelines
Evidence-based recommendations can support your treatment decisions and improve your patient outcomes. Learn more and pick up copies of these free guidelines. Additional resources are available to you on the AAOS Web site at

Looking for everything the AAOS has published online about a specific orthopaedic topic? The Academy’s new one-stop Web portal will give you easy access to all AAOS online education products, and enable you to search across all product lines. The Orthoportal gives you access to Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), the Journal of the AAOS, online continuing medical education (CME), video, e-books, self-assessment, self-study, and patient education. Stop by the online education booth and try out the new Web site’s robust search capabilities. Academy staff will be on hand to demonstrate the search, discuss additional features being built into the Web site, and get your feedback on what you’d like the site to do for you.

In addition to the new Web portal being developed, explore the Academy’s other current online education resources that are free to Academy members and residents. OKO offers clinical and practice management topics, surgical videos, more than 180 credits of online CME, and self-assessment activities. Visit

Your Orthopaedic Connection brings you an online library of patient education materials for your practice and patients. Take home free samples of the Academy’s new patient education brochures and booklets. For more information, visit

Public relations
Learn about and place your order for free tools and resources that can help you educate your patients and community about musculoskeletal health issues. The new 2010 Public Service Announcements are on display along with a wealth of other free public relations and patient education materials for your practice and patients. For more information, visit

Culturally competent care
Be as prepared to manage your patients’ cultural issues as you are their clinical issues. The AAOS’ Cultural Competency Challenge and Culturally Competent Care Guidebook are now available online—free to members and residents. A fun and educational way to test yourself—so you can effectively treat and interact with a diverse patient population—this program raises your awareness, reduces potential biases, provides insights on patient preferences, and offers many communication techniques. Earn up to 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™. Take the challenge at

Practice management
Discover the many resources available to help you run your practice like a business. Practice Management Committee volunteers and staff will direct you to a wide range of resources for improving the “bottom line” with proper coding, by manag­ing expenses, and by hiring and keeping qualified staff. Learn how to purchase an electronic medical record or picture archiving and communication system, develop an income distribution plan, close down a practice, select a practice to match you and your significant other’s needs, or find consultants to help you in these or other areas. For more information, visit

Powered by eSurg, a national healthcare purchasing supply solution, the AAOS Group Purchasing Program can help you save on thousands of medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical supplies. Talk with account executives from eSurg and get a free, no risk, no further obligation, Customized Savings Analysis to see just how much you can expect to save based on your practice’s actual purchasing habits. For further information, visit

Professional compliance
The AAOS is committed to being a leader among national medical associations in its pursuit of high ethical standards. The Professional Compliance Program has developed procedures to review, hear, and adjudicate professional compliance complaints based on the fellowship-adopted Standards of Professionalism (SOPs). Stop by for information on these grievance procedures and the six SOPs. For more information, visit

Academy Row is located in Acad­emy Hall Lobby D, on both sides of the AAOS Resource Center Book­store. Booths are open daily through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.