The Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation provided continuing education and welcomed more than 650 attendees to the 18th Annual 2022 Orthopaedic Update Conference on Saturday, August 20, at the Rosen Centre hotel. The event marked the return of face-to-face educational conferences benefiting the 501(c)(3) Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation and was the first face-to-face event since February of 2020. 

This one-day program provides the most up-to-date information and education on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal treatment. The specially-designed program aims to assist healthcare providers, such as physical therapists and athletic trainers, in acquiring the skills and knowledge to provide quality care and improve patient outcomes. Affordable continuing Education Credits (CEUs) were offered to allied healthcare professionals in attendance.

Foundation Gives Back

At the event, the Foundation donated $2,500 to the UCF Student Athletic Trainers’ Organization (SATO). Thanks to the two annual seminars put on by the Foundation, both UCF’s Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) and SATO have been awarded more than $50,000 since the seminar’s inception.

Of the $2,500 donated, $1,500 was earmarked for the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation Scholarship benefiting an outstanding UCF student majoring in Athletic Training. This year, Nichole Crouch earned the award.

During the event, the Foundation also presented the Chris Payer Honorary Sports Medicine Scholarship to one student in Orange and Seminole county, respectively, pursuing a career in sports medicine. The scholarship was named in honor of Chris Payer, an Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation board member who passed away unexpectedly last year.

Education Initiatives

The day featured lectures from leading physicians and area specialists as well as several panel discussions on the latest technology and surgical procedures used to treat orthopaedic conditions and injuries associated with the spine, hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder. The conference included a brief overview of the related anatomy, as well as rehabilitation considerations for non-operative treatment options and post-surgical therapy protocols. 

Additional proceeds from the day benefit the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation and its primary mission to help youth athletes utilize sports to develop a lifetime of healthy habits playing the game they love. 

Click here to learn more about the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation.