AAOS Now, October 2007
Serving ‘wounded warriors’
When Steven J. Morgan, MD, landed in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 22, 2007, he wasn’t really sure what to expect. As the first orthopaedic surgeon in the Landstuhl Visiting Scholars Program—a joint initiative between AAOS and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), Dr. Morgan was committed to serve the “wounded warriors” who arrived daily from Iraq. “I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to serve my country,” says Dr. Morgan, who practices in Denver. “That’s why I did it.
SOPs: Protective not punitive
In April 2007, the AAOS fellowship adopted Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) on Orthopaedist-Industry Conflicts of Interest, with more than 95 percent of voting fellows favoring their adoption. Enforcement of the SOPs is set to begin with acts occurring on or after January 1, 2008. As part of the Academy’s educational efforts regarding the SOPs, AAOS Now executive editor G. Jake Jaquet spoke with Murray J.
DOJ settles with device makers
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, the Department of Justice announced a settlement had been reached with five major device makers in a investigation exploring the companies’ relationships with orthopaedic surgeons. Under the settlement, four companies (Zimmer, Inc., DePuy Orthopedics, Biomet Orthopedics, and Smith & Nephew) will pay fines totaling $311 million. Stryker Orthopedics, Inc. was not fined, but will be subject to the same federal oversight and required reforms as the others.