Register Now for NASS’ 19th Annual Meeting
Chicago, October 26-30, 2004
What’s New in Spine Surgery Procedures? October 26, 2004 Spine reconstruction is an evolving science dependent on a triad of patient factors, orthobiologic grafting alternatives and technique-driven mechanical options. This premeeting course emphasizes basic science, research, clinical application and new technologies. How to Build a Successful Spine Center of Excellence October
This course will explore the trend toward minimally invasive spinal surgery and how to establish a viable outpatient spinal surgery center using these techniques. Panel members will discuss the pros and cons of establishing such a center and the other critical elements involved such as personnel training, business infrastructure, utilization and services provided. Chicago’s remarkable skyline viewed from Lake Michigan. Critical Evaluation of Emerging Technologies October 26, 2004 This course will serve as an impartial forum for the unbiased presentation of emerging technology based on scientiﬁc evidence compared and contrasted to current accepted treatment options. It is designed speciﬁcally to educate spine providers on novel technology in an unbiased and scientiﬁc manner. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spine Care October 26, 2004
lan to attend the 19th Annual Meeting in Chicago! The NASS Program Committee has put together an outstanding program this year. NASS takes pride in providing its multidisciplinary members and attendees with the latest research and technology available in spine care. Special care and consideration is taken in the planning of the meeting to ensure a diverse perspective of each and every learning opportunity. The meeting will afford every attendee with many networking opportunities with peers and industry leaders. The meeting is jam-packed with scientiﬁc paper presentations from leaders in the ﬁeld, symposia focusing on current and controversial issues and special interest groups affording you the opportunity to ask burning questions and to speak about issues relevant to you and your patients in a small group setting. Highlights include:
This course provides an essential overview of the vital areas of spine care. Seasoned faculty provide insight on: deformity, anatomy, degeneration, tumors and infection, trauma and psychology. The course also gives an overview of allied health professionals and their vital contributions to your patients’ care and treatment. The Wild, Wild Web & Your Practice October 26, 2004 (morning)
Coding Update ’05 October 25-26, 2004 Physicians and practice administrators can learn coding updates that will take effect January 1, 2005. The course features seasoned physician faculty members experienced in day-to-day coding and compliance issues. Powerful Presentations with PowerPoint® (Two 1/2 day sessions, for beginning and advanced levels) PowerPoint® - Getting Started October 26, 2004 (morning) Get up to speed on the steps for creating a PowerPoint® presentation from scratch. You´ll uncover tips and techniques you need to get your presentation started on the right foot.
This course demonstrates practical strategies to help you evaluate medical information found online. Faculty will demonstrate pros and cons of actual sites, provide links for you and your patients and demonstrate what information is available on the patient section of the NASS Web site. Fellow/Resident Conference October 26, 2004 (afternoon) This course serves as an introduction for residents and fellows beginning a spine practice. Discussions will include: choice of locations, type of practice, contracts with physician groups or other entities, how to administer a practice, technology in the ofﬁce, medical legal issues and ﬁnancial goals early in practice. New Frontiers in Biomechanics Research October 26, 2004
PowerPoint® - Advanced October 26, 2004 (afternoon) This half-day course will show you how to kick PowerPoint® into high gear to create slick multimedia presentations.
Attendees have requested more program content in the area of biomechanics research. This is your opportunity! Attend this half-day session of presentations discussing current biomechanics research and ﬁndings.
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Techniques Workshops October 26, 2004 Spinal Injections I: Transforaminal, Interlaminar and Caudal Injection Principles and Techniques (morning) Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation Techniques (morning) Interbody Technologies: PLIF & ALIF (morning) Spinal Injections II: Sacroiliac, Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint and Medial Branch Injection Principles and Techniques
Everyone registering in advance (by September 26) will receive conﬁrmation letters followed by meeting information which will be mailed in late September. Please note: NASS will NOT mail out badges in advance this year; all attendees must pick up their badges when they check in at the meeting in Chicago.
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RESIDENTS
Minimally Invasive Surgery: Lumbar Decompression & Fusion/ Implants (afternoon) Cervical Spine Stabilization (afternoon)
GENERAL SESSION SYMPOSIA
Several cutting edge symposia are scheduled over the course of the four-day meeting. Content, presenters, times and room locations will be published in the 19th Annual Meeting preliminary program which will mail in July. Symposia titles are: Rationale Approach to Emerging Spinal Technologies and Issues and Realities of Off-Label Use of Drugs and Devices in Spine Care Controversies in Bone Grafting Technologies in Spinal Surgery Cervicogenic Headache Adult Spinal Deformity II: Salvaging Surgery That’s Failed Masquerade: Nonspinal Conditions which Mimic Spinal Disease Current Evaluation of Motion Sparing Technologies for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease Low Back Pain I, An Evidence-Based Approach – “A Precise Diagnosis Should Lead to Speciﬁc and Therefore Better Treatment” Low Back Pain II, An Evidence-Based Approach to Treatment “Speciﬁc Treatments based on Precise Diagnosis”
For residents who wish to attend the NASS Annual Meeting but may have limited educational funding that would prohibit attending, NASS is pleased to offer travel scholarships. Residents interested in a travel scholarship need to submit an application form, a letter of interest and a letter of recommendation from their residency program director to the NASS Resident and Fellow Education Committee (Attn: Lorie Smith) no later than Wednesday, July 12, 2004. The resident must be in his or her third or fourth year of an orthopaedic, neuro or physical medicine & rehabilitation residency program and should not have participated in the 2005 Spine Match. Resident scholarship–sponsored attendees may not be attending the meeting as faculty or presenters, including abstract presenters. To request an application form or for additional information, please contact Lorie Smith, Manager of Educational Programming, by toll-free phone (877) 774-6337 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESIDENT, FELLOW AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS’ RECEPTION
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP ROUNTABLE DISCUSSIONS
SIGs are informal, one-hour discussion groups which convene after the paper presentations conclude each day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please refer to the March/April issue of SpineLine (page 38) for a list of SIGs or watch for the preliminary program for details.
NASS is proud to announce, the second annual Resident, Fellow and Program Director Reception to be held in conjunction with the NASS 19th Annual Meeting. The reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2004, 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Last year’s reception was very well attended and we’re going to do it again! We would be especially encouraged by an even larger crowd this year. (We need more Program Directors in attendance!) The reception provides a casual setting for those in-training to network with each other as well as with the program directors. If you are a resident, fellow or program director – plan now to attend! Please direct any questions to Lorie Smith, Manager of Educational Programming by email at: email@example.com
To register, please complete a registration form (included with this mailing of SpineLine or available from NASS at www.spine.org or by calling toll-free 1-877-774-6337). Return your registration form along with payment to NASS via fax ( 588-8090) or mail to: NASS, Dept. 77-6663, Chicago, IL 60678-6663. Advance registration will be accepted until September 26; after that, all attendees must register on site. Receive an early registration discount if you register BY SEPTEMBER 3, 2004.
NASS continues to offer space for Fellowship Program Director’s to conduct interviews with their potential candidates at the NASS Annual Meeting. Fellowship Program Directors should contact Lorie Smith by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, September 30th to reserve interview space during the NASS meeting. Reservations will be accepted on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis. Fellowship candidates who wish to set up interviews during the Chicago meeting should contact their speciﬁc fellowship program(s) of interest to make necessary arrangements.
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NASS Seeks Nominations for Recognition Awards
The North American Spine Society is honored to recognize unique and outstanding contributions to the ﬁeld of spine care and research with three annual awards: The Leon Wiltse Award, the Henry Farfan Award and the David Selby (formerly Key Service) Award. Each of these prestigious awards was named for founding members of NASS who not only made outstanding contributions to the ﬁeld of spine care and research, but also played key roles in the early success of NASS. Members are invited to nominate appropriate candidates who meet the criteria (described below) for each of the awards. The Recognition and Awards Committee will review all nominations and make their recommendations to the NASS Board of Directors, who will select the winners. Nominations forms are available from the NASS ofﬁce; deadline for returning nominations forms is July 16, 2004. Awards will be presented at the 19th Annual Meeting, October 26 - 30, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Jr., MD (1996)
HENRY FARFAN AWARD
Criteria: To recognize outstanding contributions to the ﬁeld of spine care, especially in biomechanics or nonoperative spine care. Past award recipients: Bryan Cunningham, MSc (2003), F. Todd Wetzel, MD (2002), Robert Gatchel, PhD (2001), Hamilton Hall, MD (2000), Vert Mooney, MD (1999), Manohar Panjabi, PhD (1998), Tom G. Mayer, MD (1997), William C. Hutton, DSc (1996)
DAVID SELBY (KEY SERVICE) AWARD
LEON WILTSE AWARD
Criteria: To recognize excellence in leadership and/or research in the ﬁeld of spine surgery. Past award recipients: Scott Boden, MD (2003), John Kostuik, MD (2002), John McCulloch, MD (2001), Steve Garﬁn, MD (2000), Thomas S. Whitecloud III, MD (1999), Hansen Yuan, MD (1998), Charles D. Ray, MD (1997), Thomas E. Whitesides,
Criteria: For a NASS Member who has contributed greatly to the art and science of spinal disorder management through service to NASS. Past award recipients: Steven Garﬁn, MD (2003), Bruce Fredrickson, MD (2002), Richard Guyer, MD (2001), David Fardon, MD (2000), Casey Lee, MD (1999), J. Walt Simmons, Jr., MD (1998), J. Elmer Nix, MD (1997), John P. Kostuik, MD (1996), W. H. Kirkaldy-Willis, MD (1991)
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: JULY 16TH
To obtain a nominations form, please call NASS toll-free: (877) 774-6337. Please return completed nominations forms by JULY
ANNUAL MEETING HOTEL INFORMATION
For further details about these NASS meetings and/or to download a registration form, please visit www.spine.org or call NASS toll-free at: (877) SpineDr
The following hotels are available at special rates for NASS’ 19th Annual Meeting; the cut-off date for reserving rooms at NASS rates at ALL hotels is October 4, 2004. Please contact hotels directly to make reservations. Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
(Headquarters Hotel) 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611 Toll-free reservations: (877) 242-2558; Main line: (312) 464-1000 NASS rate: $225 single/double standard
200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 Toll-free reservations: (866) 540-4408; Main line: (312) 565-8000 NASS Rate: $255 single/double standard
19th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601 Toll-free reservations: (800) 233-1234; Main line: (312) 565-1234 NASS Rates: $221 single/double standard
Hyatt Regency Chicago (location of Welcome Reception)
20th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 Toll-free reservations: (800) 233-1234; Main line: (312) 567-1234 NASS Rates: $229 single standard; $244 double standard
Hyatt Regency McCormick
21st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
22nd Annual Meeting, Austin, TX
Swissôtel Chicago 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 Toll-free Reservations: (888) 737-9477; Main line: (312) 5650565
Spotlight on Spine
In light of recent media attention, such as that described in the March/April SpineLine cover story, NASS has begun formally monitoring various forms of media (both trade and consumer) for items of interest related to spine care. Items will be collected and reviewed for potential response from NASS when appropriate. NASS is particularly interested in those items you believe are controversial or questionable, studies that show proven beneﬁt of spine care and patient success stories. If you ﬁnd media coverage you believe should be brought to NASS’ attention, please notify or send to: Pam Hayden Director of Research North American Spine Society 8320 St. Moritz Drive Spring Grove, IL 60081 Telephone (815) 675-0021 Fax (815) 675-3137 E-mail: hayden@spine. org
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NASS Job Connection
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