There's something for everyone at Annual Meeting

By: Jennie McKee

By Jennie McKee

It’s easy to see why Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, says that this year’s Annual Meeting boasts a “robust program” of educational offerings. Attendees can choose from 24 symposia, 720 podium and 567 poster presentations, and 196 instructional course lectures. In addition, 89 scientific exhibits and 500 technical exhibits are on display.

“We understand that orthopaedic surgeons’ practices vary,” says Dr. Bosco, “so we made sure to include a wide range of programming that is of interest to everyone. For example, topics such as infection prevention and understanding the changing health­care environment have a broad appeal.”

Recently added programming that explores the latest news in healthcare reform as well as lessons learned from medical relief efforts in Haiti are also vital components of this year’s educational offerings.

Symposia of special interest
Of all the highly educational symposia being offered, Dr. Bosco chose the following five symposia, all in the Morial Convention Center, as “not to be missed”:

State of the Art Revision Hip and Knee Replacement: A Case-Based Symposium (Wednesday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., La Nouvelle Ballroom)—Moderated by AAOS Second Vice President Daniel J. Berry, MD, this symposium will use a case-based learning format and internationally known faculty to discuss state-of-the-art methods to manage common challenges in revision total knee and total hip arthroplasty.

Symposium and Open Forum on Health Care Reform: Where Are We Now? (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., La Nouvelle Ballroom)—During the symposium, moderated by AAOS President Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, a panel will discuss the House and Senate healthcare reform bills and areas of greatest interest to the orthopaedic community.

Speakers will include AAOS First Vice President John J. Callaghan, MD; AAOS Second Vice President Daniel J Berry, MD; David Lovett, JD, director of government relations for the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and Peter J. Mandell, MD, chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. Actions taken by the AAOS will be highlighted, including position statements, calls to action, coalition-building, and the public relations campaign. The symposium will also outline AAOS lobbying activities, as well as demonstrate how AAOS Political Action Committee contributions are linked to legislative initiatives.

The Haitian Earthquake: What We Saw, Did, and Learned (Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 217)—Moderated by J. David Pitcher Jr., MD, the symposium will explore the following topics: the progression of morbidity and mortality in Haiti; working with Haitian nationals in the relief effort; the “civilian/military blend” as a new model of disaster relief; ethics and safety; lessons learned during the mobilization of AAOS and Orthopaedic Trauma Association members; and the current status of disaster relief in Haiti.

Controversies and Complex Pathology in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Friday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., La Louisiane Ballroom A)—Moderated by Richard K. N. Ryu, MD, this symposium will include case-based presentations of complex shoulder arthroscopy, panel discussions, and attendee participation through the audience response system. The symposium will also include a thorough exploration of primary path­ology and clinical evaluation, emphasizing physical findings and appropriate diagnostic imaging, followed by a detailed examination of surgical techniques and rehabilitation.

Orthopaedic War Injuries: Advances in Research, Treatment, and Host Nation Care (Friday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., La Louisiane Ballroom B)—Moderated by Capt. Dana C. Covey, MD, this symposium will present new treatments for musculoskeletal injuries of U.S. service members who have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will also explore research opportunities and special challenges inherent in providing host nation orthopaedic care.

Instructional course lectures
According to Dr. Bosco, “classic” instructional course lectures (ICLs) have been updated, while new ICLs on cutting-edge topics have been added. He selected the following ICLs for special consideration:

Infection Prevention & Control: An Emerging Paradigm (Thursday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m., Room 271)—Moderated by Calin Stefan Moucha, MD, the course will address preoperative risk factor modification, antibiotic prophylaxis, and intraoperative means of diminishing the risk of infection. Case presentations will be included.

Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: What the Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon Needs to Know (Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 353)—Moderated by Craig J. Della Valle, MD, this course will review the basics of evaluation and treatment of failed knee arthroplasty.

Femoroacetabular Impingement: Pathophysiological Concepts, Treatment and Outcomes (Thursday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., Room 353)—Moderated by Michael Leunig, MD, this course will expose registrants to a comprehensive presentation of femoroacetabular impingement pathophysiology, contemporary trends in surgical treatment, indications for different techniques, and clinical outcomes.

Technology 2010: Alternative Bearing Surfaces: The Good, Bad and Indifferent (Friday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Room 275)—Moderated by William J. Maloney, MD, this course will provide the latest information on the status of alternative bearing surfaces in hip arthroplasty, including contemporary clinical performance and future development trends.

Venous Thromboembolic Disease after Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty (Friday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Room 276)—Moderated by Steven B. Haas, MD, this course will review the pathophysiology and management of thromboembolic disease in hip and knee arthroplasty, with special emphasis on AAOS and other national guidelines.

Revision in Total Hip Arthroplasty: Understanding and Management of Osteolysis (Friday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., Room 262)—Moderated by Paul E. Beaule, MD, this course focuses on the surgical treatment of pathogenesis and periprosthetic osteolysis associated with total hip arthroplasty. Emphasis will be placed on surgical techniques and decision-making.

Surgical Management of Articular Cartilage Defects of the Knee (Friday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., Room 271)—Moderated by Andreas H. Gomoll, MD, the course will review current treatment strategies in the management of articular cartilage injuries of the knee. Patient evaluation, use of adjunctive procedures, complex and salvage situations, outcomes-based treatment algorithms, and future innovations will be explored. In addition, case presentations will be included for discussion.

Make time for other activities
Dr. Bosco also recommends taking part in the “Breakfast in the Posters” event on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Academy Hall CD of the Morial Convention Center. Also not to be missed is the special educational event featuring husband-and-wife political consultants Mary Matalin and James Carville, the 2010 presidential guest speakers. Ms. Matalin and Mr. Carville will appear tomorrow, immediately following the Business and Ceremonial Meetings, in La Nouvelle Ballroom.