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 CME and Course Objectives

AOFAS Mission Statement

The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The AOFAS creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and provides leadership and serves as a resource for government, industry and the national and international health care community.

Educational Program Mission

CME Purpose: The AOFAS is a non-profit professional organization committed to improving the medical and surgical care of disorders of the foot and ankle. The overall goal of the AOFAS CME program is to provide orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons with the highest quality learning opportunities that are designed to advance physician competence, enhance practice performance, promote patient safety, and improve patient outcomes in the population served. The AOFAS CME programs are designed to respond to, and be reflective of, continuous assessment of needs as derived from scientific advances in the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery and the needs and desires of AOFAS members. The AOFAS further seeks to provide orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons as well as allied healthcare providers with educational programs and materials of the highest quality, to constantly improve the content and value of these educational activities and to promote research in all aspects of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery and related sciences in the promotion of quality healthcare.

Content areas: AOFAS CME content identifies and addresses the treatment of all clinical issues related to foot and ankle congenital and acquired disorders and is designed to meet the educational needs of AOFAS members, orthopaedic surgeons, fellows and residents, and healthcare providers engaged in the practice of treating disorders of the foot and ankle. Additionally, the AOFAS CME program provides content for topics such as effective management of an orthopaedic foot and ankle practice and other areas deemed relevant by the needs of the membership.

Target audience: The goal of the AOFAS CME program is to provide educational activities that support orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons, general orthopaedic surgeons, physicians in related specialties, orthopaedic surgery fellows and residents in training, and allied healthcare professionals having an interest in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders.

Types of activities provided: The types of activities that comprise the AOFAS CME program include comprehensive annual scientific meetings containing seminars, symposia, papers, courses, clinical and practice management workshops, technology tips, and electronic posters as well as regional courses on clinical topics.

Expected results of the program: The expected results of the AOFAS CME program are to provide orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons and other healthcare professionals with educational programs that address gaps in professional practice, enhance the participant’s competence and practice performance, improve patient outcomes, as well as contribute to lifelong learning among practicing orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons. Specific expected results include:

  • Increase member and non-member competence in treating disorders of the foot and ankle
  • Promote the highest possible standards in clinical orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery practice
  • Provide the target audience with a forum for the exchange of ideas and methodologies in the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery and related medical and basic sciences
  • Increase the body of knowledge existing in the field of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery
  • Provide educational opportunities to members in all aspects of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery
  • Provide an ongoing assessment of the impact of the AOFAS CME program and make modifications to existing activities and develop new activities as appropriate.

Accreditation

The AOFAS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

CME Credit

The AOFAS designates the Pre-meeting Course for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM and the Annual Meeting 2012 for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement Conflict of Interest

In accordance with the guidelines of the ACCME, the AOFAS requires all instructors, planners and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations during the past 12 months with any commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods and services consumed by, or used on patients). All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the education content vetted by the AOFAS for fair balance, scientific objectivity and appropriateness. The AOFAS also requires faculty to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity. Any and all financial disclosures will be provided in the final program material that is made available to meeting participants.

Disclaimer

The methods, techniques and procedures demonstrated and views and opinions expressed by speakers, presenters and faculty during this continuing medical education program are their own, and do not represent those of the AOFAS nor does presentation on the program represent or constitute endorsement or promotion by the AOFAS. The AOFAS expressly disclaims any warranties or guaranties, expressed or implied, and shall not be liable for damages of any kind in connection with the material, methods, information, techniques, opinions, or procedures expressed, presented or demonstrated.

Course Policies

Meeting sessions are for registered meeting attendees only. Spouses who are physicians and expect CME for attending the scientific sessions must register as a full meeting attendee and pay the appropriate registration fees. Food functions and educational displays are intended solely for registered meeting participants plus those who have registered and paid as a spouse or guest of an attendee (see Spouse / Guest Registration section on page 14 of the Registration Brochure). The AOFAS regrets that spouses, guests, families and unregistered staff are not permitted in these areas.

If you have not received your registration confirmation within one week of your departure for this meeting, please contact the AOFAS Executive Office at aofasinfo@aofas.org or call 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654 (outside US).

The AOFAS will not be responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available. Meeting registrants are asked to wear their registration name badge throughout the meeting and at all AOFAS social functions. Photography and recording during sessions is strictly prohibited.