Members and affiliates of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) interview guests to highlight lessons in orthopaedic leadership. Interviews include orthopaedic leaders, faculty and leaders within orthopaedic departments at academic institutions and large practices, health care system leaders, rising leaders, and other medical leaders. Thanks to @iampetermartin for his contribution of introduction and conclusion jazz music.
Efficiency Early in Practice - A Conversation with Neil P. Sheth, MD, FAOA
Matthew R. Schmitz, MD, FAOA, sat down with the Chief of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Neil P. Sheth, MD, FAOA, to discuss ways that young orthopaedic surgeons can be efficient early in their practice. Throughout their conversation, they articulate three key points to being efficient: managing your attention and energy, finding a work-life balance, and using your time wisely by creating good habits. Not only do they share their tips on finding efficiency early in your career, but they provide real life examples of how they implemented these points in their own lives.
Training Competent Orthopaedic Surgeons - A Discussion with Australian Orthopaedic Association Past President, Dr. Chris Morrey
AOA President, Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, connected with Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Past President, Dr. Chris Morrey, to discuss their new programs that have been put into place to diversify the orthopaedic specialty, how the AOA is trying to improve healthcare in regional/rural areas, and how they implemented competency based training into their healthcare system. The Australian Orthopaedic Association is hopeful that the future of orthopaedics will continue to improve by training a diverse, competent fleet of surgeons. to provide equitable healthcare.
Building a Better Future: An Interview with New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) Past President, Haemish Crawford, FRACS
AOA President Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, connected with New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) President, Haemish Crawford, FRACS, to discuss the structure of orthopaedics in New Zealand, the status of the workforce, and the best way to provide value to young orthopaedic surgeons. The discussion led to an in-depth conversation about the challenges New Zealand orthopaedic surgeons are dealing with, including a lack of healthcare providers, inability to find employment after training, and the lack of resources needed to create a better infrastructure.
Diversity and Unification - A Discussion with Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Past President, Laurie Hiemstra, MD, PhD, FRCSC
AOA President Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, connected with Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Past President, Laurie Hiemstra, MD, PhD, FRCSC, to discuss her unusual path to leadership, her plan for improving diversity in orthopaedics, and the most pressing critical issues affecting the COA. While waitlisting and licensure issues between provinces continue to be a challenge within the orthopaedic specialty, Dr. Hiemstra made it her goal to advocate for underrepresented groups, unify the community, and help develop competent young orthopaedic leaders.
Critical Issues Facing the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) - An Interview with BOA Past President, Deborah Eastwood, MB, FRCS
AOA President Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, connected with British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Past President, Deborah Eastwood, MB, FRCS, to share her path to leadership, the importance of early involvement in your orthopaedic career, and the critical issues facing the BOA today.
Dr. Eastwood discusses key topics such as backlog of cases, unhappiness with the system due to disruption from industrial action, lack of autonomy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion within orthopaedics. With these important matters facing the orthopaedic community, Dr. Eastwood is optimistic that the BOA is headed in the right direction towards a more diverse and representative medical profession.
The Enduring Process of Becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon – A Discussion with South African Orthopaedic Association Past President, Dr. Basil Vrettos
AOA President Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, connected with South African Orthopaedic Association (SAOA) Past President, Dr. Basil Vrettos, to discuss his path to leadership, the importance of mentorship, the issues that face South African orthopaedists, and the intense training process to become an orthopaedic surgeon in South Africa.
Mentorship has played a vital role in the career of Dr. Vrettos–he believes a mentorship is a two-way street in which both the mentor and mentee can equally learn from each other. It was the influence of his mentors that led to his effort to lead the organization, push for a more diverse profession, and address the critical issues facing the SAOA.