Orthopedics Today’s annual courses started for our
readers in 2004 in New York. We had three successful meetings in the city and I
found them to have excellent content, speakers and interactions with the
attendees. These were exciting meetings to plan and attend. In 2008 moved our
successful educational format to
which offered reasonable rooms, comfortable meeting facilities in a beautiful
We subscribe and are committed to the best
medical education (CME) we can bring to you. Our goal is to assist
physicians in their maintenance of competence, challenge their thinking and
offer new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their
communities. We adhere to the process of disclosing any potentially conflicting
financial relationships for faculty members. By participating in
Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2011, you can earn up to 23.25 AMA PRA
Category 1 credits.
This year, in Kauai, will be the fourth Orthopedics Today
Hawaii meeting coming after our first year in Maui in 2008 and 2009 and 2010 on
the Big Island. More than 400 of you reading this column will be at our meeting
and hopefully the rest of you will consider joining us in the years ahead.
For the past 7 years, this meeting has been professionally and
personally satisfying and I have enjoyed the positive educational interactions
with our faculty and attending colleagues. The meeting was designed to be the
type I would like to attend and the faculty chosen as experts whom I want to
know and hear what they have to say. The speakers are doing good clinical work,
publishing their results and are involved in evaluating their patients and
The faculty, besides being good speakers, enjoy interactions with the
attendees and at times can be quite clever and entertaining in the panel
discussions. These interactions have always enhanced our course and are
supplemented with our audience response system. This ability to survey our
attendees and faculty allows instantaneous feedback on their experience and
approach to different clinical settings.
Our Banyan Tree Gatherings at the end of the day with faculty and
colleagues have been another successful part of our meetings. During these
designated gatherings the attendees can have one-on-one interactions with
faculty about the day’s presentations or seek advice on challenging cases.
I have learned a great deal from these informal gatherings; almost as much as
from attending the formal presentations.
We determine the topics for the subsequent year’s program through
surveying and feedback from individual discussions that occur during this year.
For example, attendees last year suggested going back to one-track lectures
instead of using two tracks as we have done the past 3 years. In addition, half
of our attendees indicated they are not that interested in lectures on
surviving in private practice. They indicated that they are salaried
physicians, either in the military, foundations or other institutions, or close
to retirement and prefer not to attend these lectures. For those who do wish
this subject matter, we obtained CME credits this year for our practice
management session under Jack Bert, MD’s capable leadership. For those in
traditional private practice, you cannot give quality care if you cannot keep
your office open. Their afternoon is practice management Session practical,
focused and filled with shared experiences that should benefit those who
attend. Remember, as long as private practice survives and thrives, it makes
all the different working settings better for our colleagues.
The attendees are invited to bring their spouses or significant others
to an enjoyable and educational afternoon in a relaxed setting to examine their
marriage, careers and how stress in their lives impacts them professionally.
While this session is not approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit, our speakers,
John D. Kelly IV, MD, and his wife Marie Sakosky-Kelly, RN, make it a
worthwhile discussion and many find it thought provoking and a good check on
the balance in their lives.
Certain members of the faculty have helped organize the different areas
of the program and I wish to thank them: Thomas P. Schmalzried, MD, (joint
replacement); Richard F. Kyle, MD, and David C. Templeman, MD, (trauma);
William N. Levine, MD, ( shoulder); and Jack M. Bert, MD, (practice management
and sports medicine). These special individuals have contributed significantly
to designing our program content and faculty selection.
This year’s course has our largest attendance as we will continue
to make every effort to present the highest quality education in a pleasant
environment. We will learn from our attendees how to alter next year’s to
reflect many of their ideas.
I look forward to the quality family time before and after the meeting
and interactions with colleagues — both old and new friends.
Aloha for 2011.
Douglas W. Jackson, MD, is chief medical editor of
Orthopedics Today. He can be reached at Orthopedics Today, 6900 Grove Road,
Thorofare, NJ 08086; e-mail: OT@slackinc.com.
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