FOCAL: Fellows Orthopaedic Continued AAHKS Learning

Specifically tailored to Adult Reconstruction Fellows and Senior Residents
FOCAL RecordingsJOA Reviewer Program

FOCAL arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly impacted the fellowship learning experience in 2020 and beyond.  To help address this, AAHKS created the FOCAL Initiative – a free, online, interactive learning experience for arthroplasty surgeons in training.  

The FOCAL Committee, led by William G. Hamilton, MD, is dedicated to building on the initiative’s success, enhancing adult reconstruction fellow education and supplementing the overall knowledge of arthroplasty trainees. Through FOCAL’s ongoing relevance and popularity, arthroplasty fellows and senior residents may participate in interactive lectures and case discussions with many of the country’s top adult reconstruction surgeons in live, monthly webinars and via our library of 60+ FOCAL webinar recordings. View recordings here

Please note: FOCAL Session participation is free, open to all arthroplasty surgeons, and will not award CME.

The FOCAL Committee also created the JOA Reviewer Mentorship Program to attract fellows into the research peer-review process. The program trains residents, fellows and physicians early in practice on how to effectively review a journal article. Participants are matched with a current JOA Elite Reviewer who help them complete their first reviews and answer questions. Apply today. 

FOCAL Webinar Schedule: 2023-2024 Academic Year

FOCAL Webinars will take place on the last Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  

Date Topic/Register Faculty
December 18, 2023*
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Annual Meeting Highlights/How AM2023 Changed My Practice 

Agenda: TBA

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Moderator: Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc, 2023 Program Chair

Faculty: TBA

January 29, 2024
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Controversies in Femoral Stem Fixation  


1. Introduction & Scope of the Problem (Dr. Springer)
2. Cementless Fixation for the Geriatric Hip Fractures: Why and How (Dr. Gausden)
3. Cemented Stem Fixation: Who Benefits and Why (Dr. Moskal)
4. Cementless Fixation in Elective THA: What Does the Data Show (Dr. Bolognesi)
5. Discussion

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Moderator: Bryan D. Springer, MD 

Faculty: Elizabeth B. Gausden, MD, MPH
Joseph T. Moskal, MD, FACS 
Michael P. Bolognesi, MD 

February 26, 2024
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Periprosthetic Fractures – Hip/Femur/Interprosthetic 

Agenda: TBA

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Moderator: George J. Haidukewych, MD

Faculty: Jesse I. Wolfstadt, MD
Richard S. Yoon, MD

March 25, 2024
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Most Common Clinical Complaints – How to Deal with Complaints & When to Be Worried

Agenda: TBA

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Faculty: Jenna A. Bernstein, MD
Katharine D. Harper, MD, FRCSC

David C. Landy, MD, PhD
Thomas G. Myers, MD  
April 29, 2024
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Kinematic vs. Mechanical Alignment: Current Concepts & Execution

Agenda: TBA

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Faculty: Leonard T. Buller, MD
Gavin W. Clark, MD, FRACS
Stephen M. Engstrom, MD
Michael D. Hellman, MD
May 20, 2024*
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Prevention of and Dealing with Lawsuits

Agenda: TBA

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Faculty: Eric M. Cohen, MD
Craig J. McAsey, MD
James Bream, JD
June 24, 2024
7:00 p.m. Central Time

Workplace Hazards  


1. MSK injury in TJA 
2. Noxious exposures in TJA (noise, cement, smoke, radiology) 
3. Stress/burnout 
4. Discussion

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Moderator: Antonia R. Chen, MD, MBA 

Faculty: Anna R. Cohen-Rosenblum, MD, MSc
Claudette M. Lajam, MD
Muyibat A. Adelani, MD 

July 2024

No webinar this month







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