E. Patrick Murray, MD

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E. Patrick Murray, MD
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career? 
AAOS has given me the tools I need to thrive as a surgeon. The educational resources provided the perfect foundation to build on, while the AAOS annual meeting exposed me to how others are working to advance our field. Beyond the information alone, the AAOS community has been a valuable tool for networking and getting to know my peers from around the world.

As a Fellowship Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
I love to read the yellow journal articles before I dive into a new topic of study. It is a great summary of the current information in the literature. The ResStudy questions were key in my ability to pass ABOS part 1.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from? 
"Use two hands when you are learning. Learning is a lifelong process" - Mark Bernhardt, M.D.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I like to use check boxes and start with a few simple tasks. Once I get a few things checked off quickly, it motivates me to push through the list.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Exercise. When I stay active, I feel sharper and retain more information. COVID got me out of my work out habits, so now I am working on getting back to it.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
Golf, hiking and cooking with my wife.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
When I was in medical school, I sustained a multi-ligament knee injury while on a medical mission trip in Ghana. I didn't know exactly what happened to my knee until I got an MRI almost 6 weeks later after I got back home. I hopped on one leg for most of the trip. In hindsight, that maybe wasn't the best idea.