Orthopaedic Team Course

Team members

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Chair: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD
Co-Chair: Denis Nam, MD
Co-Chair: Jana L. Flener, PA

This course has been specifically created for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Surgical Assistants and Physical Therapists specializing in total joint arthroplasty.


Course Fee and Annual Meeting Option

Orthopaedic Team Course only – $250

You can choose to add the AAHKS Annual Meeting:

Annual Meeting Clinical Affiliate member rate – $225

Annual Meeting nonmember rate – $675

Clinical Affiliate membership – $250/year. Click here to join.

Scope and Objective

This course will cover the diagnoses and treatments of disorders seen by the orthopaedic team specializing in hip and knee reconstruction. It is designed for the non-physician surgical team members who care for these patients. During interactive sessions, expert faculty will:

  • Present options for nonoperative treatment
  • Highlight clinical and non-clinical challenges PAs face
  • Hold mini debates on robotic TKA and anterior vs. posterior approach for THA
  • Discuss perioperative hot topics such as minimizing narcotics
  • Evaluate complications

CME Credits

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Individuals should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2019 Preliminary Agenda
Times and topics are subject to change.

6:30 – 7:10 a.m. Breakfast  

7:10 – 7:20 a.m. Welcome , Jeremy M. Gililland, MD 

Session I:  Nonoperative Management of Hip and Knee Arthritis and Preoperative Issues 

Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD 

 7:20 – 7:30 a.m. Medications, Injections, PT: Nonoperative Recommendations for Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee, Laura D. Wood, PA-C  

7:30 – 7:40 a.m. Indications for Arthroscopy for the Degenerative Hip or Knee Joint, Denis Nam, MD, MSc 

7:40 – 7:50 a.m. Medical Optimization for Total Joint Arthroplasty:  Who, When, and How?, Paul K. Edwards, MD  

7:50 – 8:00 a.m. PA Planning for Arthroplasty from Simple to Complex: Avoiding Pitfalls and Having Plan B,C and D, Christin A. Van Dine, PA-C 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: Nonoperative Management and Preoperative Issues Interactive Q&A

Moderator: Jeremy M. Gililland, MD
Panel Members:  Lucas A. Anderson, MD; Denis Nam, MD, MSc; Paul K. Edwards, MD; Laura D. Wood, PA-C; Christin A. Van Dine, PA-C  

Session II:  Knees 

Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MSc 

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Indications and Results of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty , Vivek M. Shah, MD 

8:40 – 8:50 a.m. Total Knee Arthroplasty Basics:  CR vs. PS, Denis Nam, MD, MSc
Gap Balancing vs. Measured Resection | 
Techniques for Obtaining Alignment | When to Consider Stemming the Tibia

Mini-Debate:  Robotics in Total Knee Arthroplasty 

8:50 – 8:56 a.m. Robotics for Knee Replacement is the Future – Affirms, Mark J. Spangehl, MD  

8:56 – 9:02 a.m. Robotics for Knee Replacement is the Future – Against, Gwo-Chin Lee, MD  

9:02 – 9:10 a.m.  Discussion – Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MSc 

9:10 – 9:35 a.m. Panel Discussion: Knee Arthroplasty Interactive Q&A

Moderator: Denis Nam, MD, MSc
Panel Members:  Vivek M. Shah, MD; Mark J. Spangehl, MD; Gwo-Chin Lee, MD 

9:35 – 9:50 a.m. Break 

Session III: Hips 

Moderator: Christopher E. Pelt, MD 

9:50 – 10:00 am Total Hip Arthroplasty Basics, Jeremy M. Gililland, MD
Stem Designs, When to Cement | Ceramic vs Cobalt-Chrome Heads | Dual Mobility |Technology to Improve our Accuracy

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Templating for Total Hip Arthroplasty, Jana L. Flener, PA-C  

10:10 – 10:20 a.m.  The Hip-Spine Relationship, Christopher E. Pelt, MD
How to help identify difficult patients preoperatively and basic concepts to avoid complications

Mini Debate: Anterior vs. Posterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty 

10:20 – 10:26 a.m.   The Anterior Approach is clearly Superior – Affirms, William G. Hamilton, MD  

10:26 – 10:32 a.m. The Anterior Approach is clearly Superior – Against, Peter K. Sculco, MD

10:32 – 10:40 a.m. Discussion – Moderator: Christopher E. Pelt, MD 

10:40 – 11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion: Hip Arthroplasty Interactive Q&A

Moderator:  Christopher E. Pelt, MD
Panel Members:  Jana L. Flener, PA-C; Jeremy M. Gililland, MD; William G. Hamilton, MD; Peter K. Sculco, MD 

11:05 – 11:30 a.m. Break and Pick up Lunch  

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Working Lunch 

Moderator: Jana L. Flener, PA-C
PA Panel: TBD 

Topics to be addressed include clinical challenges of the orthopaedic physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP), common non-clinical dilemmas faced by the PA/NP, compensation, call, avoiding burnout, etc. 

Session IV: Perioperative Hot Topics

Moderator: Brett C. Perricelli, MD 

12:30 – 12:40 p.m. The Latest and Greatest in Wound ClosureBen T. Kerns, PA-C
Surgical Videos of Incisional Wound Vacs, Zip Line, Prineo, etc.

12:40 – 12:50 p.m. Combating the Opioid Crisis in Total Joint Arthroplasty, Brett C. Perricelli, MD
Improving Perioperative Pain Management and Minimizing Narcotics

12:50 – 1:00 p.m. Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty: What are the necessary tools for success?Leah I. Dvorkin, PA-C, ATC  

1:00 – 1:10 p.m. Patient Care Navigation: How do we help our patients be successful?Susanne L. Porter, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CRNFA, CNOR  

1:10 – 1:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Perioperative Hot Topics Interactive Q&A

Moderator: Brett C. Perricelli, MD
Panel Members: Ben T. Kerns, PA-CLeah I. Dvorkin, PA-C, ATCSusanne L. Porter, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CRNFA, CNOR  

Session V: Complications 

Moderator: Mark J. Spangehl, MD 

1:40 – 1:50 p.m. Evaluation of the Painful Arthroplasty, Mark J. Spangehl, MD  

1:50 – 2:00 p.m. One vs Two-Stage Exchange For the Infected Total Joint Arthroplasty: Is there a “Gold Standard?”Keith A. Fehring, MD  

2:00 – 2:10 p.m. “Things that Keep Us Up at Night”: Dealing with Early Post-Operative ComplicationsMichael J. Miller, PA-C 

2:10 – 2:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Complications Interactive Q&A

Moderator: Mark J. Spangehl, MD
Panel Members: Keith A. Fehring, MD; Michael J. Miller, PA-C; Jeremy M. Gililland, MD; Denis Nam, MD, MSc  

2:40 pm – 2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks, Denis Nam, MD, MSc 


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