By: Terry Stanton
Incoming First Vice-President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, emphasized the central role the Academy plays in enabling and empowering orthopaedic surgeons to provide high-quality, high-value care to patients during his address at yesterday’s Your Academy 2019 event.
In education, while surgeon learners have ever-increasing numbers of options from multiple sources, the Academy “remains the go-to resource for musculoskeletal learning and knowledge,” Dr. Bosco said. “This requires that AAOS serve many masters, from residents to the most experienced surgeons and from [general orthopaedic surgeons] to the most subspecialized among us.”
Orthopaedic surgery is in a “transformative time” that “presents an opportunity to maintain our preeminence in musculoskeletal care,” said Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, during yesterday’s Your Academy 2019.
Meeting the educational needs of so disparate a universe of physicians “is a daunting task,” he continued. “But through the leadership of Paul Tornetta III, MD, and a superb and dedicated staff, our educational offerings are evolving rapidly to meet these challenges. Whether it is individualized educational tracks here at our Annual Meeting, our new and improved Orthopaedic Video Theater (now a member benefit), or our new state-of-the-art Orthopaedic Learning Center, we provide educational offerings that serve every type of learner and subspecialist.”
The Academy’s Council on Advocacy, “led by Wilford K. Gibson, MD, and his dedicated team, work tirelessly to ensure that healthcare policy and government regulation serves to enhance our ability to provide high-quality, high-value care for our patients. Whether it is our industry-leading Orthopaedic Political Action Committee or our incessant lobbying on the Hill, the Academy is constantly working with policy leaders to ensure that our profession and patients’ needs are met.”
In the matter of quality, Dr. Bosco said, “By any means of measurement, we have always provided high-value, high-quality, life-altering care for our patients.” A central role of the Council on Research and Quality “is to demonstrate the quality of care we provide to our patients,” Dr. Bosco said. “It is not to tell us how to care for our patients. Through evidence-based data, it provides each of us the ability to make informed decisions on what is the best care for our patients.
“The transformative times [in which] we practice presents an opportunity to maintain our preeminence in musculoskeletal care,” Dr. Bosco said “As first vice-president, I will work tirelessly and closely with Incoming President Kristy L. Weber, MD, and our Incoming Second Vice-President Daniel K. Guy, MD, to serve you and our profession.”
As the Academy moves forward, he said, “There will be victories and perhaps [some setbacks], but rest assured that together, we will continue the transformative trajectory of our organization.”
Terry Stanton is the senior science writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at email@example.com.