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AAOS Now

Published 11/1/2009

OREF CDP to support spine fellowships

Grants will be awarded for 2010–2011 academic year

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has announced that DePuy Spine has agreed to provide funding to support up to 25 graduate medical education (GME) fellowships in spine care that will be awarded for the 2010–2011 academic year through the OREF Clinician Development Program (CDP).

DePuy Spine is the first company focusing exclusively on spine-related products and services to join this program, attracted by the success the CDP had in its first year and by its unbiased method of selecting recipient institutions. Spine care is one of the fastest growing areas of orthopaedic care and GME fellowships are important to advancing the skills of spine surgeons who will treat patients for years to come.

OREF’s CDP program is an independent grant-making system free of donor bias that facilitates industry support for orthopaedic education and research while maintaining compliance with best practices. For the 2009–2010 academic year, the program’s first year, OREF awarded $3.9 million in fellowship, residency enhancement, and CME grants.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome DePuy Spine to this very successful new program for facilitating industry support of education.” said OREF Board Chair William P. Cooney III, MD. “DePuy Spine’s commitment sends a strong signal that all areas of orthopaedic care can benefit from OREF’s Clinician Development Program and demonstrates that other companies, in addition to those specializing in adult reconstruction, see the benefits of supporting fellowships through this system. OREF appreciates DePuy Spine’s past support for OREF-funded research and education programs, and the company’s decision to renew and broaden participation.”

Academic institutions, care centers, and group practices with programs (whether accredited by the Accreditation Council on GME or not) are invited to apply now through Dec. 15, 2009. The application period for previously announced 2010–2011 CDP grants, including fellowship grants in other practice areas, closed Oct. 13, 2009.

Recipients of these and other 2010–2011 CDP grants—supporting CME courses, GME fellowships, and residency enhancement programs—as well as OREF-administered individual grants and awards for project year 2010, will be announced March 10, 2010, in conjunction with the AAOS 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. For more information, visit the OREF Web site, www.oref.org