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Fall 2007

Trauma Course

The Third Annual San Francisco Orthopaedic Trauma Course will be held from May 1 to May 4, 2008 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. National and international leaders in orthopaedic traumatology will conduct didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on workshops with the latest implants and technologies. The course is now open for registration.

This year, more than 450 health care providers and industry professionals attended the course.

"From the success of the past two years, the event has distinguished itself as being amongst the top trauma courses in the country and the best in the West," says Theodore Miclau, M.D., director of orthopaedic trauma and chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. "Next year, we'll have a phenomenal faculty teaching the course."

The focus of the curriculum is general trauma and fracture management. In 2008, roughly 40 percent of the curriculum will have changed from this year, and will include such topics as:

  • General orthopaedic trauma issues
  • Complex trauma issues and treatment strategies
  • Pediatric orthopaedic trauma
  • Advances in the treatment of fracture fixation
  • Osteobiologics

Next year's course will feature broadcasts of live surgical dissections by expert surgeons from the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Surgical Training Center — one of four audio-video hubs on the SFGH campus — to the conference. Through these broadcasts and hands-on sawbones laboratories, participants can learn surgical techniques in a lecture hall and apply them to plastic bone models.

As the first hospital to develop a complete trauma system in the United States more than 30 years ago and the birthplace of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, SFGH has an international reputation as a leader in trauma care, making it an ideal location for a high-level orthopaedic trauma course.

"This trauma course is in alignment with our mission to support education, research and training efforts that improve orthopaedic patient care, and provides recognition for UCSF and SFGH as of excellence," says Miclau.

For registration information, call (415) 476-5808. For course information, call (415) 476-4251. To register online, visit www.cme.ucsf.edu.

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