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Published 12/1/2017
Rhonda Taira

Orthopaedic Organizations Collaborate to Encourage GME Support

Industry support is necessary to maximize education, research, and clinical excellence
The OMeGA Medical Grants Association (OMeGA) was established to ensure the continued financial support of orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs. Since 2009, it has awarded more than $21 million through nearly 900 fellowship and residency grants. Although this commitment to fostering orthopaedic graduate medical education (GME) could not have been accomplished without funding from our committed donors, alliances with orthopaedic associations and subspecialty societies have also been invaluable.

Working together for the greater good
OMeGA strives to promote innovation, sustain high-quality orthopaedic GME, and award GME grants through an accessible, merit-based process. It is committed to safeguarding against conflicts of interest, maintaining regulatory compliance, and ensuring transparency in the allocation of resources. OMeGA also believes that industry support is necessary to maximize education, research, and clinical excellence for all orthopaedic associations and subspecialty societies.

"This situation is aptly illustrated using the three-legged stool metaphor: The orthopaedics profession is not stable—or destined for success—without support for all three," asserted Wayne J. Sebastianelli, MD, president of OMeGA's board of directors. "We must work together to advance the orthopaedic profession."

"Our collective goal is to offer the best training to orthopaedic surgeons who can, in turn, provide the best care to their patients and get them get back to fully living their lives," added Ciro Roemer, company group chair of DePuy Synthes Worldwide.

OMeGA's partnering societies understand that subspecialty progress depends on a steady influx of fellows into the subspecialty, particularly now as the number of patients with musculoskeletal conditions is increasing. As American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, explained, "Decreasing institutional budgets are hamstringing many fellowship programs, making external support critical. Without it, these programs might need to reduce the number of fellows they train."

OMeGA's partner orthopaedic associations and subspecialty societies provide additional recognition and appreciation for OMeGA donors in their subspecialty, communicating a consistent message to all. This is in addition to their input to create the best application for their subspecialty, to nominate nonconflicted reviewers, and to promote OMeGA's application periods to their members.

Joint letter to industry
For the fourth year in a row, OMeGA, together with the AAOS and other orthopaedic societies, wrote a letter to industry leaders encouraging them to support orthopaedic GME. This year, an unprecedented 24 associations and societies signed the letter.

To view the letter and the organizations that signed it, visit omegamedicalgrants.org.

Rhonda Taira is managing director, OMeGA Medical Grants Association. She can be reached at taira@omegamedicalgrants.org.

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