Winter 2016 Issue
By Quanjun (Trey) Cui, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society
Quanjun (Trey) Cui, MD
The presidential election is over, and I am sure you will agree with me that we have faced the most interesting election season in U.S. history. While casting your vote was an individual decision, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our society mission statement: "The Virginia Orthopaedic Society works to enhance its members’ ability to provide the highest quality musculoskeletal care possible through education and professional development, while championing the interests of physicians and patients through its advocacy efforts." In terms of advocacy, although we, as a society, do not endorse any presidential campaigns, the fate of healthcare will be determined by the newly elected government, in particular, the House Representatives and Senators. While the VOS, together with Virginia Orthopaedic PAC, continues to work with AAOS to help ensure that those elected understand and support critical healthcare issues, we need your help to support our orthopaedic PAC with generous donations (If you have already given to the PAC this year, thank you) so they can continue to work wholeheartedly with congress and state legislature to address the concerns of our patients and orthopaedic surgeons in Commonwealth of Virginia.
I am happy to report that VOS grant application to AAOS requesting funds to support a broad-based COPN Reform coalition has been approved and VOS has been awarded $15,000 for this important work. Indeed, we have made significant contributions to the COPN reform, and with this grant support, we will bring our action to the next level. Many thanks to our VOS representatives Drs. Doug Boardman and David Romness, as well as Virginia Orthopaedic PAC for their excellent work. To contribute to ORTHO PAC- the political voice of Virginia's Orthopaedists, please CLICK HERE. Thanks in advance for your support.
In terms of education and professional development, the VOS Annual Meeting program committee has been working tirelessly and an outstanding educational program has been finalized and will be distributed to you shortly. You will note that the program will be highlighted by lectures from our Presidential Guest Speakers, the world renowned orthopaedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Andrew Burgess, and the world renowned hip preservation and arthroplasty surgeon, Dr. John Clohisy. In addition, our faculty is comprised of leaders from every region of Commonwealth of Virginia representing current academic and community practice standards. There also will be an exciting addition to our regular education programs: the Resident Quiz Bowl on Friday at Opening Reception and Poster Session. We can't wait to watch the competition and to see who will be the winner of the Quiz Bowl trophy, UVA, VCU or the Navy?
In the past, so much of our educational program focused on surgical technique, but little attention was given to medical co-morbidities and practice issues, which are equally, if not more, important. The 2017 Annual Meeting program will update you with evidence-based management of fragility fracture and metabolic disease and with lessons learned from bundled payment: improve quality and safety, reduces variation and decreases cost across the entire continuum of the bundle.
Lastly, I sincerely thank you for your membership and dedication to the VOS. Together, we have made the VOS what it is today, a society of which I am very proud to be a member. I trust you also feel the same, and you will find the VOS Annual Meeting to be an important educational opportunity for yourself and your fellow orthopaedic colleagues.