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Presidential Comments

By Angus M. McBryde, Jr., MD

I am honored to be the 96th President of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society (COS).Angus M. McBryde, Jr., MD We have just completed a most productive Memphis meeting. The in-depth program, the collegial aspect, the give and take related to the “live patient presentations” and plentiful CME were appreciated, and created a lively environment. COS, its members and its Board are committed to take this success to the next level during 2007-2008, and the Annapolis meeting. With strong administration and management, plus last year’s hard won progress, led by Dr. Kenneth Moore and his program chairman, Dr. Bill Warner, our future is bright.

Meeting attendance, enthusiasm, collegial interaction, and young membership will insure a dynamic COS. We do need ongoing committee commitment to our infrastructure. Your 2007-2008 Board is targeting the issues of (a) acquiring more young members (b) furthering fiscal stability (c) continuing to upgrade our CME (d) providing a more collegial meeting environment.

Dr. Bob Peroutka, from Johns Hopkins, is our program chairman for the September 25-27, 2008, 96th Annual Meeting in Annapolis. We will feature “Sports Medicine”, including in depth papers and discussions on other general orthopaedic topics. “Live patient presentations” will again be central to our CME mission. With the Naval Academy in proximity, athletic problems are common and sports medicine is at hand. Dr. Ed McDevitt is the Navy team orthopaedist and will augment the Hopkins and Baltimore area faculty and our members. Dr. Jim Urbaniak will be one of our guest speakers.

To address the collegial aspect for COS, there are many activities that can be planned. Annapolis offers a wide variety of diversions from golfing, cruising, touring the Naval Academy and many more. I ask you to join me in taking advantage of some of these exciting options.

There needs to be not a last goodbye to your immediate Past President Dr. Kenneth Moore, but a last thank you for his ongoing hard work. Dr. Moore’s, with his wife Linda’s, contributions to medicine (Tennessee PAC), to politics in its best leadership sense (campaign intimate of Lamar Alexander) and to orthopaedics (President of TOA, COS), only touch the surface of his many accomplishments.

On a personal note, may I look back to my first days in orthopaedics residency exactly 40 years ago? Time has not relinquished its rights, since then, and I find myself in the winter of practice wondering how the well-leg traction, side arm traction, manual reaming, maggots, Fort Bragg traction, Guepar knee replacements, routine often cosmetically horrible flaps, were ever considered much less utilized. And yet, in the practice management and greater medical world, the problems that beset orthopaedics have a familiar refrain. The 1962 article I wrote 45 years ago sounds eerily similar to what we hear and see these days and I quote:

Independence and self-initiative becomes group complacency. Granted that conditions in many areas of our nation’s social responsibility are subpar, but should these conditions be alleviated by individual enterprise or by group contributions to an all-powerful government who will “do it all for us”? National policies are becoming all-encompassing in their scope, serving only to increase the sense of security and further decrease self-reliance and self-initiative – individuality, if you will – of a person.This brings us to our choice – whether the perhaps slower but surer and progressive process of free enterprise and individualism should be bypassed for the more stable but more stagnant process leading us to group security and ultimately socialism.

As I mentioned in my COS Presidential address on September 25, 2007, much that goes on now in our aggregate orthopaedic surgery world must assimilate the past to make sense of the present. The Clinical Orthopaedic Society embodies that past - not to live in – only to learn from. The Campbell Clinic, long gone numerous and active members, evolved at the Memphis meeting to excellent programming by Dr. Bill Warner. Brian Weatherby’s resident paper, live patient presentations from Dr. Robert Miller, and evidence based presentations were highlights of the sessions.

Our COS further stimulates thoughts of those qualities that we volunteers in temporary leadership positions need to instill, fertilize, and encourage, in our young members. Those qualities, in my opinion must be “action pending” in the hearts and minds of our future COS (or any similar organization that expects to survive) leadership. We need to:

  1. Support the underprivileged either formally or informally, directly or indirectly.
  2. Function so as to expect the unexpected from patients and their care.
  3. Be savvy in the business. We generally are not.
  4. Stay fit.
  5. Be a finisher.
  6. Be a teacher.
  7. Give back.
  8. Be a mentor.
  9. Passion for all.
  10. Tradition and history.

A society like COS can help in all these areas. It is no secret that we are all still “joiners”, but the volunteer time and effort is hard to come by. Orthopaedic practice takes so much personal resource that with the same number of organizations vying for attention there is even less time for altruistic work. That makes it doubly important for the “Clinical” to do what it does best. That is to fulfill the three legs of (1) generous and general orthopaedic CME  featuring live patients (2) collegiality (3) “10 issues” we all do to some extent that can make our lives – and those of our families – better. Please get in touch with me, a Board Member or a staff member with any suggestions. My cell phone 803-238-7182 is always “on the hook”.

 

 


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