Seven Teaching Tips

Seven Teaching Tips

Orthopaedic surgeons are provided with opportunities to teach and learn practically every day. Teaching fuels the drive to increase our knowledge base about a subject so to more thoroughly impart lessons learned. Educating colleagues, patients, and ourselves is an obligation and a privilege. The educational process can nurture relationships as the learner becomes aware of the time, effort, and patience required to optimize the process. A great teacher stimulates the learner to seek more information.

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WOA Successfully Lobbies for Change

WOA Successfully Lobbies for Change

It is fortunate that WOA is well represented on the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC). The BOC serves many functions—one of which is lobbying Congress on behalf of fellow orthopaedists. Bryan Moon (Texas) is doing a great job as the official BOC WOA Representative. Several WOA Board Members have served and others currently serve in the capacity of BOC state representatives.

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Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers

Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers

It has been said that orthopaedic surgeons make bad pilots and bad business people. Our reputation in business is changing as we work toward lower cost, higher quality care and as we help to develop new care delivery models. One such evolving model is Orthopaedic Urgent Care Centers.

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Trauma Care Advances: Hard Won; Consolidated in Publication

Trauma Care Advances: Hard Won; Consolidated in Publication

Ongoing military engagements in the Middle East over the past 15 years have resulted in a large number of severe orthopaedic injuries. In caring for these injuries, military orthopaedists have learned many valuable lessons that can be applied to orthopaedic injuries in the civilian population. A number of these pearls have recently been consolidated into a supplement (October 2016, Volume 30, Supplement 3) published by the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. The content of the issue has been made available for free so that all may benefit.

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Regulations: The Good, Bad and Ugly?!

Regulations: The Good, Bad and Ugly?!

Regulation! It’s almost become a dirty word as we struggle under evermore burdensome regulations from federal and state agencies, from private and workers’ compensation insurance carriers, and even from our local hospitals. Yet, what we’re really referring to when we decry “regulation” is over-regulation and/or counterproductive regulation resulting in increased administrative effort and loss of flexibility in decision-making, yet providing little tangible benefit.

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Sports Medicine: AAOS Lobbies Congress to Close Loop Hole

Sports Medicine:  AAOS Lobbies Congress to Close Loop Hole

At the AAOS National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) this spring, one of the issues was the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, S. 689, H.R. 921 that currently enjoys bipartisan support with over 100 cosponsors, has since passed the House, and is pending in the Senate.

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Surgical Timeout Failure = Surgeon Engagement Failure

Surgical Timeout Failure = Surgeon Engagement Failure

Despite the incorporation of a surgical timeout in every OR, surgical “never events” still persist. Surgical “never events” include: 1) operating on the wrong patient or wrong surgical site, 2) performing the wrong procedure, 3) overlooking a retained foreign body, and 4) the death of an ASA Class 1 patient in the perioperative period. I submit that the failure of a surgical timeout to protect a patient is due to the failure of surgeon engagement.     

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SAE for WOA Members is Free

SAE for WOA Members is Free

For many of us, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our heads as we pursue our busy practices. As members of the Western Orthopaedic Association, we have a great partner to keep us safe from the sword while we focus on the best care of our patients – our membership in WOA.

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WOA Initiates Blair Filler MD Lifetime Achievement Award

WOA Initiates Blair Filler MD Lifetime Achievement Award

The Western Orthopaedic Association’s Blair Filler, MD Lifetime Achievement Award will be initiated at our annual meeting in Indian Wells, California on September 30th. The award celebrates a lifetime of achievement for Dr. Filler and his wife Dodie, who will be present for a special presentation during the Friday Gala Dinner.

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Celebrating 80 Years of WOA History

Celebrating 80 Years of WOA History

The WOA was the first U.S. regional orthopaedic organization and predates both the ABOS (1933) and the AAOS (1933). The WOA’s mission emphasizes education for our members and opportunities for resident/fellow/faculty participation. The Association also encourages members to collaborate and network with colleagues in the region.

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Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

We can all draw inspiration from the courage of our country’s early leaders. As David McCullough said of history, there is “no better subject to get caught up in to understand what it is to be a human being, and particularly what it is to lead in any field.”

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MOC Update

MOC Update

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has become a progressively contentious and controversial topic in the world of medicine. While verification of continued learning is a time honored tradition, the current process specifically in orthopaedics, and more broadly in the house of medicine, has become needlessly onerous, investigatory, and expensive in both time and treasure, but has never been proven to correlate to improved patient care.

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Your Working Patients

Your Working Patients

A patient’s job is an important part of orthopaedic treatment decisions, yet we often shy away from fully considering this aspect of our patients’ lives.

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Physician Owned Hospitals

Physician Owned Hospitals

While it is clear that physician owned hospitals provide high-quality and cost conscious care, Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act prevents the further establishment or expansion of physician owned hospitals.  Since it is the role of the Board of Councilors (BOC) to advise the AAOS Board of Directors regarding “matters of importance to orthopaedic surgeons,” the issue of physician owned hospitals received much attention at the recent NOLC in Washington, D.C. and the issue was addressed in two important ways.  First, there was active lobbying on Capitol Hill requesting support of H.R. 2513- The Promoting Access, Competition, and Equity Act (PACE).  H.R. 2513 seeks to suspend the ban on expansion for approximately 3 years.  Second, an advisory opinion requesting legislative relief regarding physician ownership of hospitals was developed with support of the BOC and Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and will be submitted to the AAOS Board of Directors. For more details regarding H.R. 2513 and a list of co-sponsors go to:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2513/all-info

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The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Exciting New Horizons

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Exciting New Horizons

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation (WOF) is a newly created extension of the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA). WOA is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization that conducts important education and advocacy functions for our members, including an annual meeting. In contradistinction, the WOF is now established under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code as a tax exempt organization
focused on scientific research and education.

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