AAOS Now, September 2008
Young athletes have high failure rate with allograft ACL
“With 300,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions performed in the United States every year, this procedure has become routine with favorable results. Graft selection, however, continues to be controversial,” said Gene R. Barrett, MD, senior author of “Allograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the young, active patient.”
CORQAT: A vital AAOS Council
Focusing the message “What is the Council on Research, Quality Assessment, and Technology (CORQAT) all about?” “What does it do?” “How does it help my practice?” These are oft-heard comments about the AAOS Council with the protracted name. At the May 5, 2008, CORQAT meeting—the first under my leadership—the number-one order of business was to begin to develop well-defined answers to these questions and to increase understanding of the Council’s role within orthopaedics.
OREF funding leads to orthopaedic advances
Just look around for examples of innovations What’s new in orthopaedics? “Plenty” is usually a safe answer, and it certainly applies if one’s time horizon goes back 20 years or more. “I thought that what I learned in my residency was what I’d be doing for the next 20 years. Not even close. Innovations have come so fast!” says James R.
Research road trip advances education, expands opportunities
By Erin Lynn Ransford 2008 Traveling Fellow lauds “incredible generosity” of mentors Lt. Cmdr. Joseph R. Carney, MD, an up-and-coming clinician scientist at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, has taken advantage of several opportunities to help develop his career. As a resident, he participated in the Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) sponsored by the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF).
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines: Progress to date
Two guidelines, one technology overview completed; more to come The Guidelines and Technology Oversight Committee (GTOC) was established in 2006 to improve the quality of orthopaedic care by overseeing the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and technology overviews (TOs).