The Washington Health Policy Fellows (WHPF) Selection Committee has chosen Jared Harwood, MD, and Andrew J. Pugely, MD, as the 2014 Washington Health Policy Fellows.
The WHPF program seeks to foster the development of orthopaedic surgeons interested in health policy and advocacy who are willing to become key members of a volunteer network built around such topics. Selected fellows develop a strong foundation in leadership, health policy, and advocacy through interaction with senior American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) management, work on various staff projects, and participation in the development and implementation of a cohesive healthcare policy strategy.
Dr. Harwood is a fourth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Ohio State University. During his research year, he is hoping to work on his Master of Business Administration at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business with particular research interests in alternative payment models, sustainability, and cost accountability in health systems.
As a fourth-year medical student at Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Harwood was able to intern with the U.S. Senate. A recipient of the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship, Dr. Harwood completed a general surgery internship at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia before being trained as a flight surgeon. He is a member of the AAOS Candidate, Resident, and Fellow Committee, chair of the Ohio State Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section, and cochair of his medical center’s Resident Advisory Committee.
As a Washington Health Policy Fellow, Dr. Harwood hopes to undertake projects that focus on improving sustainability and cost accountability.
Dr. Pugely is a fifth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at the University of Iowa. After residency, Dr. Pugely will complete a fellowship in spine surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.
His interest in the science of healthcare delivery followed his work on a number of projects related to assessing healthcare outcomes and developing risk-adjustment methods of measuring quality. One of his projects involves developing and deploying a hip fracture calculator across Iowa and beyond to enable risk-adjustment and quality assessment.
Previous leadership experiences within the AAOS have also exposed Dr. Pugely to various advocacy activities, including Research Capitol Hill Days. As a Washington Health Policy Fellow, Dr. Pugely plans to focus on projects that further enhance the AAOS mission, such as those that investigate how quality and value are defined and measured within orthopaedic surgery.
Drs. Harwood and Pugely succeed Christopher J. Dy, MD, MSPH, and Eric Makhni, MD, MBA, who recently presented their research projects at the 2014 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference.
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