BART supported Mr Iain Dobie, Specialty Doctor at Musgrave Park Hospital,  in attending the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego in March this year and he sent this report on the conference:

I had not been before and attendance at a large international meeting had been suggested at appraisal as part of continuing professional development.

The meeting itself was excellent and provided many opportunities for continuing professional development and learning.

Firstly it was a large enough meeting to always have something relative to my narrow practice at all times. I attended both the hip and knee afternoons which were particularly informative and relevant to my practice. As these were specific it also went into the finer print of arthroplasty which is not only useful for learning but also for confirmation / validation of current practice.

Secondly the exhibit hall had much more specific equipment relative to my field due to scale and was a valuable resource to browse through in-between lectures.

Lastly like any meeting much of the learning comes from conversations with other surgeons outside the classroom at the meeting. Being such a large meeting there was much opportunity for these discussions.


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