AAOS Now, May 2007
Joint supplements: Is there hope behind the hype?
“Patented ingredients help support, ease, and rebuild joints….” “Soothe away joint pain and watch as your skin regains a nourished, youthful appearance….” When patients hear and read claims like these, it’s no wonder that they show up in your office with Web page printouts, torn out advertisements, and plenty of questions.
Orthopaedic patients personalize need for research
On Capitol Hill, patients and orthopaedists “double team” members of Congress to push for musculoskeletal research funding Thirty orthopaedic patients and their families traveled to Washington, D.C., along with 42 orthopaedic surgeons and researchers, to take part in the AAOS 2007 Research Capitol Hill (RCH) event, March 28-29, 2007.
AAOS outlines plan to engage future members
Younger members of the AAOS do not find it easy to get involved, according to the 2004 member needs survey. Why—and what can be done about making involvement easier—was the challenge faced by the Board Future Member Project Team, appointed last June. Younger members may find it difficult to get involved with the AAOS in part because they’ve had so little engagement with the organization as residents and fellows.
Resident education: Striking the right match
Graduating medical school students face the challenge of finding a rewarding residency “Match Day could be considered both the worst and the most exciting day of your life,” says Joshua Snyder, MD, AAOS resident liaison at the Loyola University Medical Center program in Chicago. “It’s a good program that benefits medical students by removing the favoritism factor.” Match Day, which this year was March 15, is when medical school seniors learn where they will spend their residency years.
Resident education: Rule changes compel innovation
Residency programs adapt to residency work hour regulations When the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) established new resident work hour rules in 2003, many practicing physicians bemoaned the “softening” of the resident experience. But the ACGME saw the changes as steps to improve patient safety and to enhance the resident educational experiences.
OREF grant winner gives surgeons a say in health policy decisions
OREF-funded research used to improve reimbursement for orthopaedic procedures Every day, public policy decisions handed down by health-care policy makers affect the treatment choices that orthopaedic surgeons make. But do these decision makers ever consult actual clinicians? Since 2003, Kevin J.
AAOS supports research on many fronts
Musculoskeletal research lies at the heart of the AAOS mission to “serve the profession, champion the interests of patients, and advance the highest quality musculoskeletal health.”