Summer 2020 Issue
D. Nicole Deal, MD
It is an honor and a privilege to be elected as President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society. First, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of our outgoing President, Brad Butkovich. It was a pleasure working alongside Brad and the rest of the VOS Board of Directors this past year. We accomplished many things for our society, and I look forward to the challenges that await us. I would also like to thank VOS Past Presidents; Drs. Jeff Schulman, Seth Cheatham, Quanjun “Trey” Cui, TK Miller and Mark Romness. You have all served as role models, mentors and friends during my membership on the Board of the VOS.
Second, I would like to congratulate the 2020 Program Co-chairs, Drs. Blake Moore from Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Sam Robinson from Jordan-Young Institute For Reconstructive Surgery and Sports on planning an outstanding 73rd Annual Meeting which was canceled due to COVID 19. I appreciate their time and immense effort in planning what would have been an excellent educational meeting and a fun family event at the Hilton in Virginia Beach.
During these challenging times, the VOS is working with other societies across the state, and with the Medical Society of Virginia, to provide our members with the most up to date information available regarding COVID 19. Past president Brad Butkovich and I, have participated in several multispecialty society calls with other state societies through the Medical Society of Virginia and with Senator Mark Warner. Our efforts are focused on ensuring that our voices as practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the state of Virginia are heard and considered when decisions regarding medical practice safety and economic decisions regarding COVID 19 are made. We are working hard to provide safety for our patients, surgeons, and staff, as well as protect the economic concerns of our society members. We will continue to ensure that the voices of our members are heard moving forward.
Our 74th Annual Meeting will return to the Greenbrier resort the weekend of April 30-May 2, 2021. We had an excellent meeting in 2018 at this resort, and look forward to another meeting full of fun and educational activities. Program co-chairs, Dr. Keith Bachmann from the University of Virginia and Dr. Jennifer Vanderbeck from Virginia Commonwealth University, are hard at work planning what will certainly be an outstanding meeting. They will be assisted by a program committee from throughout Virginia. We promise to put together an educational program that caters to a broad spectrum of topics that will appeal to our membership regardless of sub-specialty. We will continue to offer quality CME credit in a venue that is appealing to the whole family. I invite you to mark your calendars now.
From a legislative point of view, the VOS Board has actively participated in many activities that are imperative to the process of policy reform. We are often recognized as one of the most vocal and active medical specialty societies in the state and have been at the forefront of several significant legislative issues for our specialty. As the newly-elected President of VOS, I am committed to continue working hard on our members' behalf and interests. We need to understand that working together as a team is the key to success. I would like to extend many thanks to our members serving on behalf of our society on various committees within our state and beyond, including our representatives to the Medical Society of Virginia and the AAOS Board of Councilors.
For most of you reading this, thank you for your membership in our society. Your membership dues make our efforts possible. For those that are not yet members, I would strongly encourage you and your entire practice to join and allow us to continue to fight on your behalf at the state level. On the legislative front, the VOS will work to limit the expansion of unsupervised privileges for non-physician providers, will work for COPN reform, and will work to protect our members from virus lawsuits in the future. A key to our success will be greater contribution to the OrthoPAC. Again, we had 100% contribution by the VOS Board this past year, and small but growing help beyond that. I fully realize we are constantly asked to give money by an endless number of entities, but this is a chance to make a difference at the local level where change truly affects your practice. Special thanks to VOS member, Dr. Wilford Gibson, and Cal Whitehead and Lauren Schmidt, our state lobbyists, for their expertise and efforts on the legislative front.
In closing, I am honored to act on behalf of our membership in my position as President, and look forward to continuing the political and educational growth of our society.
April 30 - May 2, 2021
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