President's Message

By N. Douglas Boardman III, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society

 



N. Douglas Boardman III, MD

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VOS 2009 Annual Meeting

Dear Virginia Orthopaedic Society Members,

Ah, Fall in Virginia…Outside temperatures turn cooler, leaves turn colors, and our thoughts turn to…the 63rd Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, of course! Our industrious Co-Chairs, Jonathan Isaacs and Trey Cui, continue to work diligently to bring you an outstanding program. Keynote speakers will include Lawrence Dorr, MD, speaking on bearing surfaces in total hip arthroplasty and Shepard Hurwitz, MD, taking us on a tour through the recertification process. I encourage all of you to make plans to attend this great meeting on the weekend of April 30-May 2, 2010 at the Omni Charlottesville. For those wishing to present their research, the abstract deadline for podium presentations is December 7. We anticipate extending the deadline for posters into January.

Our society co-sponsored a very successful practice management conference with the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists on October 3rd at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Richmond. Delegate Phil Hamilton gave the keynote address, and the feedback from the meeting has been excellent. In light of this success, the VOS Board hopes to have similar opportunities in the future.

In my last message, I informed you of a newly formed membership committee headed by President-Elect A. Bobby Chhabra. His committee has held their inaugural meeting and formulated an action plan for membership  growth  and  enhanced  member benefits. A follow-up meeting took place at the end of this month, and the recommendations generated at that time will go before the Board at the November 21 Board retreat. We have a fine committee with representatives from throughout Virginia, and from both academic and private practice settings. Look forward to hearing more from this committee in subsequent newsletters.

I had also mentioned that the VOS had partnered with the MSV and MagMutual in the preparation of an amicus brief opposing an effort to overturn a state statute prohibiting podiatrists from providing expert testimony. Thanks to the generous support from a number of our members, the VOS will be able to continue with our efforts on this issue. The case will likely go before the state Supreme Court in November, and the Board will keep the membership apprised of future developments.

Finally, the debate over healthcare reform obviously continues. The Board is actively monitoring developments, and we have several members personally participating in the debate at the national level. We are not, however, for the most part, joining any “coalitions” or the like, though we have been approached by several. Rather, we are adopting a strategy similar to the AAOS in that we will assess the various proposals on our own, not in conjunction with any other organizations or ad hoc groups. I would encourage those of you who receive email updates form the AAOS to read them regularly. For those who do not receive the updates or who want more information, you may find an update online at www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/oct09/cover1.asp. Please contribute generously to OrthoPAC to ensure that we continue to have a strong voice in current and future legislative debates.

Again, please make it a priority to attend the Annual Meeting in Charlottesville in May. We certainly have some challenges to face before then, but I remain optimistic about our ability to provide our members with a vital and active society which will continue to represent them well now and in the times to come.

N. Douglas Boardman, III, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society


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