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Smith & Nephew's (London) orthopedics business reported today it has made its first contribution to the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF; Rosemont Illinois) for continuing medical education (CME) grants. Smith & Nephew said in January it entered into a grant administration agreement with OREF under which OREF would serve as an independent grant-making organization for Smith & Nephew's financial support of research and education in orthopedics.

The funds have been contributed by Smith & Nephew to OREF's Clinician Development Program, a comprehensive new system developed by OREF to generate industry support for orthopedic research and education in a way that ensures transparency in the allocation process, relying on the history and experience of OREF as an independent, non-profit foundation. These grants will be available to partially or fully support qualified courses that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and are designed to help orthopedic surgeons learn new procedures and treatment protocol, refine surgical skills, and gain hands-on experience with new implants and other devices.