Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the OTA Program Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the 29th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) to be held in Phoenix from October 9 – 12, 2013. The committee has put a tremendous effort into planning a meeting which will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date program related to treatment of musculoskeletal injury available anywhere. A diverse spectrum of topics and the opportunity to attend a wide range of sessions including scientific presentations of original research, didactic lectures, small group discussions, and hands-on labs provide learning opportunities that meet the needs of all musculoskeletal health care professionals. Additional pre-meeting events are specifically designed for orthopaedic physician assistants and nurse practitioners and for non-fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons.

This year’s meeting will highlight main symposia on topics with broad appeal including the latest evidence based information upper extremity injury, the scientific data assessing bone healing, and the evolution and future direction of functional outcome assessment. Continued this year, attendees will have choices throughout the meeting to attend podium presentations or concurrent mini-symposia covering a wide range of topics. Break-out sessions in the form of mini-symposia, case presentations, and skills labs that include other general interest as well as more focused topics will allow attendees to really customize their meeting experience to their particular areas of interest.

The Scientific Program will include the most relevant and scientifically sound research. More than 70 podium presentations and 120 posters were selected by the Program Committee from a record 751 abstract submissions. A session jointly sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) “Own the Bone” initiative and the OTA will be embedded within the program to provide a step-by-step workshop for practices and research associates seeking to set up a sustainable center for treatment of fragility fractures.

Five meetings precede the traditional Annual Meeting, beginning with the Basic Science Focus Forum (BSFF), chaired by Ted Miclau, MD and Ed Harvey, MD. The BSFF is a one and one-half day event beginning Wednesday October 9th that will provide an additional in-depth program designed to augment and expand upon the basic science presented and discussed at the main meeting.

Bob Ostrum, MD and Dan Horwitz, MD will chair a one and one-half day Orthopaedic Trauma Boot Camp, beginning Wednesday October 9, designed for practicing orthopaedic surgeons with busy practices outside of trauma who are called upon to solve difficult fracture problems in their communities. Dr. Ostrum will be assisted by a select team of experienced OTA surgeon educators to help increase your knowledge and enhance your competency.

Three additional, single day pre-meeting events will take place on Wednesday, October 9. The perennially popular Masters Level Coding Course will be organized by Scott Broderick, MD and KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. The highly successful International Forum, started three years ago, will continue under the direction of Bill De Long, MD. A Grant Writing Workshop will be offered, chaired by Todd McKinley, MD and Brett Crist, MD. In addition, the half-day Young Practitioners Forum led by Lisa Cannada MD on Thursday morning rounds out the pre-meeting events. We encourage all to arrive early to the Annual Meeting and take full advantage of these OTA offerings.

A two and one-half day course specifically designed for Physician Assistants, chaired by Mike Archdeacon, MD, Cliff Jones, MD, Dan Coll, PA-C, and Keith Zurmehly, PA-C, will run concurrent with the Annual Meeting from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12.

The common feature of each program event is the commitment to providing the highest quality, most interesting and clinically relevant material related to musculoskeletal trauma by world-class faculty and experts. We truly believe that anyone involved in the field will benefit from this year’s OTA Annual Meeting.

Please consider joining us in Phoenix!

Thomas F Higgins, MD
Annual Meeting Program Chair