Published 9/1/2015

Setting AAOS Now Straight

I have to be honest that I was distressed to hear that S. Terry Canale, MD, was retiring from AAOS Now as editor-in-chief. I used Terry’s homespun humor and wisdom not only in the field of orthopaedic surgery, but also in Sunday School lessons, sermons, and even once in a funeral eulogy.

However, the recent editorial by Eeric Truumees, MD, (“Misaligned Incentives and Unexpected Outcomes,” AAOS Now, July 2015) proved undoubtedly to me that he is more than worthy to fill Terry’s mighty big shoes. It’s an excellent summary of the topic and his insights have caused an old guy to underline, highlight, and clip it for future reference.

Keep up the good work! I look forward to turning to page 4 quickly when the postman delivers each new issue of AAOS Now.

John J. McGraw, MD
New Market, Tenn.

I found the first item in the July 20, 2015, AAOS Headline News Now interesting on two fronts. First, the date on the piece in Modern Healthcare is July 19, 2014 (last year). Second, although the single sentence provided says “Specialty physician pay remains relatively flat overall, compared to previous year,” this does not reflect the information for the orthopaedic community. According to the survey, for the sixth straight year, orthopaedists have the highest compensation at more than $500,000 per year.

The orthopaedic community needs to stop acting as if we are going to be homeless soon. I am tired of reading bleak reports about how bad the situation is for orthopaedic surgeons. The introductory sentence should have been: “For the sixth straight year, orthopaedic surgeons earn the most money.” We should ask ourselves: Should orthopaedic surgeons make 10 times the median income of an American household?

Dempsey Springfield, MD
Retired, Orthopaedic Surgeon