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Membership Has Its Privileges!

Membership Has Its Privileges!

The Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) recently announced a new member benefit – a discounted subscription to a comprehensive bundle of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) products. As you may know, the AAOS no longer offers its active members a complimentary subscription to JBJS. A subscription to the print journal alone is currently over $250.

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Maintenance of Certification Changes Announced

Maintenance of Certification Changes Announced

The Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) has been advocating on your behalf for improvements to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

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The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Strength In Numbers

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Strength In Numbers

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation (WOF) is a bold, ambitious extension of the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA).

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The Resident’s Decision - Hospital or Private Practice

The Resident’s Decision - Hospital or Private Practice*

For residents, one of the biggest decisions to be made when completing medical education is whether to join a private practice or accept a hospital position.

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Burnout—What Can We Do to Combat Burnout? (Part II)

Burnout—What Can We Do to Combat Burnout? (Part II)

Burnout needs to be addressed jointly—both at the institutional and the individual level. Leaders need to be chosen who can work with the system and the physicians to promote engagement and wellness. Included are some ideas for both parties to work on.

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Burnout—What Is It? (Part I)

Burnout—What Is It? (Part I)

Burnout is a significant issue throughout the healthcare system and physicians are not exempt. In fact, up to 50% of physicians suffer from burnout. In 2014, at the Mayo Clinic, the burnout rate among orthopedic surgeons was 59.6%, up from 48.3% in 2011.

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WOA: A Place for Growth

WOA: A Place for Growth

Our generation of surgeons is fortunate to have many sources from which to obtain our ongoing education including meetings, online, and publications. The Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) is an extraordinary star in the ever-expanding galaxy of orthopaedic organizations.

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The 81st WOA Annual Meeting - Content, Collegiality and So Much More

The 81st WOA Annual Meeting
Content, Collegiality and So Much More

The 81st WOA Annual Meeting highlighted a variety of aspects that are unique to the WOA. The Meeting’s content included multispecialty panel discussions focused on current and controversial issues as well as informative “rapid fire” research presentation modules.

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Leadership

Leadership

As physicians, we are looked up to and expected to be leaders – leaders of our teams, leaders within the hospital, and even leaders within the community.  There are a variety of things we can do to help ourselves become better leaders including listening, respecting others and their ideas, and slowing down for self-reflection and mindfulness.

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Richard Haynes MD to be Honored with Filler Award

Richard Haynes MD to be Honored with Filler Award

The 2017 WOA Blair Filler Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Richard (Dick) Haynes MD for his distinguished career of leadership, service, and education. Dr. Haynes and Sherri, his wife, will be honored Saturday, August 5th at our WOA Annual Meeting gala dinner in Kauai.

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Lessons From The Summit

Lessons From The Summit

It is a privilege to serve the WOA in any capacity; the greatest honor for me personally has been serving as President. Many lessons drawn from this experience can be translated into general teaching points for all.

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WOA Advocates New MOC Pathway

WOA Advocates New MOC Pathway

As your BOC representative, I submitted a WOA Board-approved AAOS Advisory Opinion at the April NOLC to abolish the ABOS high stakes exams for recertification.  This Advisory Opinion was approved and has been sent to the AAOS BOD.

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My Return To The Garden Island

My Return To The Garden Island

The 2017 WOA Annual Meeting (August 2-5) on Kauai is fast approaching and the resort rooms are nearly filled.  While it marks the Association’s ‘every third year’ return to Hawaii, this meeting is particularly exciting for me and my family.

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Optimizing TKR Patient: Weigh In On Weight!

Optimizing TKR Patient: Weigh In On Weight!

As a complex case manager for the State Insurance Fund of the state of Idaho, I have seen over the last 7 years the body mass index (BMI) creep up for knee patients with many cases now hitting 40’s or 50’s!

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THA: My Perspective – as a Patient!

THA: My Perspective – as a Patient!

As an aging athlete and ardent skier, it was only a matter of time before I needed a replacement joint.

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Dramatic Growth in Resident Abstracts

Dramatic Growth in Resident Abstracts

Many years ago, as a San Francisco Orthopaedic Program resident, I felt gratified and inspired after winning a WOA Vernon P. Thompson Award.

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Wrong Side Total Knee Implant Case Study

Wrong Side Total Knee Implant Case Study

A surgeon performs a left total knee replacement and implants a right femoral component. The error is not noted until after the cement sets. The patient’s ROM and patellar tracking is felt to be reasonable. The incorrect implant is left in position. The patient has a “good” ROM, but is having ongoing pain.

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A House Divided

A House Divided

For the last 7 years, Republicans have anticipated repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With a new administration, major changes to the ACA seemed inevitable. How is it then that House Speaker Paul Ryan recently declared that “Obamacare is the law of the land”? Suffice it to say that health care is such a polarizing issue that even the Republican House could not agree on how to disagree on aspects of the ACA ranging from essential benefits to subsidies.

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Mentoring - Paying It Forward

Mentoring - Paying It Forward

Helping, guiding, advising, and sharing are some of the words that describe mentoring. This complex and multidimensional process with ancient roots has become especially popular over the past 25 years. Mentors engage their protégées in supportive relationships designed to improve awareness, avoid problems, and enrich experiences.

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CMS Denies Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

CMS Denies Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made a final decision not to move total knee replacement from the Inpatient Only (IPO) list. The decision denies Medicare recipients the opportunity to have their knee replacement surgery in any outpatient surgery center, despite the growing trend across the country to perform more joint replacement surgeries in an outpatient setting.

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