AAOS Now, June 2020
AAOS Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic, Makes Progress on 2020 Goals
The AAOS Board of Directors did not have a playbook at the ready specifically designed to address a global pandemic and a stoppage of elective surgeries, but we did spend the better part of the past two years focused on how to approach strategic thinking and planning.
Celebrating Diversity Encourages Future Orthopaedic Surgeons
Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to a series of articles focused on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer [or questioning]) community that were recently published in AAOS Now.
Specialization Has Changed Orthopaedics
Looking back over the past 40 years, there have been many changes in the practice of orthopaedic surgery.
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to the November 2019 article published in AAOS Now titled, “AAOS Invests in the FAAOS Designation.”.
Redeployed Resident Answers Call to Action
I have always admired those who have the courage to serve our nation as members of the uniformed services. Just several weeks ago, I listened intently to wartime stories of veterans during my Veterans Affairs (VA) rotation. I could see their internal conflict; many struggled to reconcile cherished memories of brotherhood and camaraderie during their tours with often devastating memories of war and combat. I never thought I would experience war firsthand. However, on March 1, the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported in New York, and shortly thereafter, I was at “war” with an invisible enemy.
A Message from Eric Ward Carson, MD, President of JRGOS
This latest chapter in the long history of injustice against black and brown bodies in America comes at a harrowing time as we battle a novel COVID-19 pandemic, which is also devastating our community. As communities of color across the nation wrestle with yet another affront to the elusive promise of equality, it is imperative that our own JRGOS community remain a source of fellowship, healing, and understanding, and a voice of leadership. Now more than ever before, we are called upon to use the privileges afforded us as orthopaedic surgeons as a vehicle for change.
'We Stand with You’
Anyone who has seen the graphic video of George Floyd being pinned down and suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer cannot help but be horrified. There is no justification for this violence. The Academy respects the lives of every person regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, or sexual orientation, and we strongly condemn what has recently occurred.