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72nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

8/6/2017 to 8/9/2017
When: August 6-9, 2017
Where: Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida  32821
United States

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The 72nd Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference and 28th Annual Safety & Health Conference

The Florida Orthopaedic Society and Bones Society of Florida will have several special events for the Orthopaedic Community during the upcoming Workers Compensation Institute Conference in Orlando, FL.  The WCI Conference takes place August 6-9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Details on the conference are available on their website:

  • WCI Service Day - Give Kids the World Village 
  • The Injured Worker Inspiration (IWI) Awards 
  • 2017 Orthopaedic Breakout Session 
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society Luncheon

Saturday August 5, 2017

WCI Service Day

On Saturday August 5th, WCI is again sponsoring a volunteer event and Gala with proceeds going to the GKTW Village.  With the support of Bones & FOS, we're organizing a group to proudly volunteer on Saturday morning and join the hundreds of others who volunteered last year. Bring your staff, doctors, and families to show our Bones and FOS pride!  Not only will you work side by side with referrers, but you will walk away with your own feeling of pride that money can't buy.  In addition to the volunteer event, I invite you to attend the Gala Saturday night, you can simply attend, or your practice can also sponsor or donate a silent auction item.    More information



Monday, August 7, 2017

9:25 – 9:50 am    

7th Annual Florida Orthopaedic Society Injured Workers Inspiration (IWI) Awards

Crystal Ballroom J1, Convention Level


1:00 – 5:00 pm

Orthopaedic Breakout Session Presented by the Florida Orthopaedic Society

Crystal Ballroom C - Convention Level  (Entrance to G2)

1:00 – 2:00 pm    
Welcome and Introductions

Fraser Cobbe    
Executive Director
Florida Orthopaedic Society
Tampa, FL
7th Annual Florida Orthopaedic Society Injured Workers Inspiration (IWI) Awards – Case Presentations            
George Canizares, MD
President, Florida Orthopaedic Society
All Florida Orthopaedic Associates
St Petersburg, FL

The Injured Workers Inspiration (IWI) Awards were created to recognize the achievements of injured workers and their musculoskeletal physicians. Highlighting this year’s most compelling stories of medical innovation and the conquering nature of the human spirit, these case presentations will both inspire and educate. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these remarkable patients and recognize the advances of musculoskeletal science.
Common Work Related Injuries of the Shoulder

Albert G. Volk, MD, FAAOS
Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, FL

Join Dr. Albert Volk for an in-depth presentation of common work-related injuries of the shoulder. Dr. Volk will review the complex anatomy of the shoulder and the most efficient methods to both repair and rehabilitate various shoulder injuries. Also covered will be injury-specific projected time frames for safely returning the injured employee to work. 
2:00 – 3:00 pm    
State of the Art Techniques for Pain Management in Shoulder Surgery

Howard Routman, DO
Atlantis Orthopaedics 
Atlantis, FL

Dr. Howard Routman is an international educator on disorders of the shoulder and his research has demonstrated unique ways to reduce pain after shoulder surgery. This has allowed patients to have shoulder replacement surgery as an outpatient procedure and reduce the need for narcotics in this very challenging patient population. Our session will summarize the most common shoulder surgeries and focus on Dr. Routman’s innovative approach regarding pain management.
Thumbs Up Or Thumbs Down: Hand Surgery and the Workplace

David Gilbert, MD
Broward Orthopedic Specialists
Oakland Park, FL

Crafted in a manner to stimulate interest from the most sophisticated adjusters and nurse case managers, this session provides a visual understanding of some of the more common hand conditions within the workers’ compensation population. Our presentation will equip the audience with the knowledge to more critically understand and evaluate the potential indications for surgical intervention and expected time frames for a gradual return-to-work, anticipated MMI, and impairment rating. The projected need for future care and permanent restrictions for each of these potential diagnoses will also be covered.
3:00 – 4:00 pm    
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI): A Workers’ Compensation Perspective

Paul Dowdy, MD
Orthopedic Center For Sports Medicine
Davenport, FL

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition in which extra bone grows along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint — giving the bones an irregular shape. Because the bones do not fit together perfectly, they rub against each other during movement. Over time, this friction can damage the joint, causing pain and limiting activity. What are the implications of FAI on the workers’ compensation population, especially those who stand all day or are extremely active during the course of their work? What are the common clinical presentations and treatment options to address this condition? Join Dr. Paul Dowdy in a review of FAI as it relates to workers’ compensation injuries.
4:00 – 5:00 pm    
Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussion

Scott O. Burkhart, PsyD
Tallahassee Orthopaedic Clinic
Tallahassee, FL 

The current and future struggles professional athletes endure dealing with head trauma has thrust the diagnosis and treatment of concussions into the spotlight. But, concussions are not limited to athletes. They play a role in a variety of common workplace injuries and accidents. One benefit of the increased exposure is a focus on advancing research and treatment options available. Dr. Burkhart is one of Florida’s leading experts on concussion management and a member of the Sports Medicine Department at Florida State University. He will deliver an update on the emerging science of concussion diagnosis, treatment and recovery options, and implications for workers’ compensation. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Florida Orthopaedic Society Luncheon
RSVP Required
11:00 am to 1:00 pm  |   Orlando World Center Marriott  -  Denver Room


Thank you Luncheon Sponsors

11:15 am Welcome and Introductions Fraser Cobbe
Florida Orthopaedic Society 

11:15 to 11:25 am Regulatory Hot Topics from the Division of Workers Compensation
Brittany O'Neil, PMP, ARM-P
WC Policy Coordinator
Division of Workers' Compensation

11:25 to 11:35 am Discussion

11:35 to 11:55 pm Legislative and Legal Challenges for Workers Compensation in Florida
Representative Danny Burgess
House District 38
Chair, House Insurance & Banking Committee

11:55 to 12:05 pm Discussion

12:05 to 12:25 pm Federal Initiatives in the Workers Compensation Arena
Manthan Bhatt
State Government Affairs Manager
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

12:25 to 12:35 pm Discussion

12:35 to 12:50 pm Promoting Quality and Physician Empowerment in the Workers Compensation Arena
Fraser Cobbe
Florida Orthopaedic Society


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