April 29, 2019 | Issue 3
To respect and improve the national academic landscape by freely providing best practice in business and leadership content to as many academic faculty leaders and administrators as possible to optimize their performance and that of the musculoskeletal enterprises they manage."
Atrium, Wake Forest to create academic health system
Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health signed a memorandum of understanding to build an academic healthcare system with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University, both in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The evolution of spine department leadership: 5 surgeons on key observations, trends
(From left to right) Michael Steinmetz, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland ClinicWilliam Welch, MD, Chair of the Neurosurgery Department at Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia); Andrew Gitkind, MD, Vice Chairman and Medical Director of Montefiore Spine Center (New York City); John Bendo, MD, Interim Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery and Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Co-Director of the Spine Center at NYU Langone Health (New York City); and Jason Lowenstein, MD, Director of the Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Health System (Morristown, N.J.) discuss how their roles have changed over the past few years.

Watching My Friend Become the First Female AAOS President
I did not expect the tears. My emotions took me by surprise as I watched my friend Dr. Kristy Weber ascend the podium to became the first woman to serve as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS).

This was an incredible moment. For years my enlightened orthopaedic sisters and brothers have worked to transform this field into a more diverse and inclusive profession. 

Read more from the Doximity Op-Med by Dr. Mary I. O’Connor, Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health and Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.  >>
L. Andrew Koman, MD, recognized by AAOS for 30 years of botulinum toxin and cerebral palsy research
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award, which recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury, was presented to L. Andrew Koman, MD, at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Andy Koman is the chair of Orthopaedics at Wake Forest Baptist Health. His areas of special interest include hand surgery and pediatric orthopaedics.

Dr. James A. Nunley Receives the Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award
Dr. James A. Nunley was the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist award. He is the J. Leonard Goldner Endowed Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Nunley was selected for his prolific career as a research, author and educator. 

Louisiana AAOS affiliate installs Dr. Shane Barton as president
Shane Barton, MD, is the new president of Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, a state trade organization affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Acadiana Advocate reports. Dr. Barton is chairman of Shreveport-based LSU-Health Science Center's orthopedic surgery department and is the Thomas Norris MD Endowed Professor at LSU Health Shreveport.

Becker's Healthcare releases 2019 "100 great hospitals in America"
The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction.

Becker's Healthcare selected the following hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals. Becker's also sought nominations for this list.

10 large orthopedic practices growing bigger in 2019
The following 10 orthopedic practices have acquired new physicians, built new locations and expanded technological capabilities in the first quarter of the year:
  1. The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics in Bethesda, Md.
  2. The CORE Institute, based in Phoenix
  3. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, based in Morton Grove
  4. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago 
  5. OrthoCarolina, based in Charlotte, N.C.
  6. OrthoVirginia, based in Richmond
  7. Proliance Surgeons' Proliance Orthopedic Associates 
  8. Rothman Orthopaedics, based in Philadelphia
  9. The Steadman Clinic based in Vail, Colo.
  10. Resurgens, based in Atlanta
Big trends in ASC M&A – hospital, ASC chain and private equity
Matthew Searles is a partner with Merritt Healthcare, an ASC management and development firm that works with centers nationwide. He has experience assisting in the sale of surgery centers and surgical hospitals, as well as working with health systems acquiring outpatient facilities. Here, he discusses the ASC transaction landscape.
NewYork-Presbyerian, physicians partner to open NewYork-Presbyterian Sports Performance Institute
New York City-based NewYork-Prebyterian opened the NewYork-Presbyerian Sports Performance Institute through a partnership with New York City-based Columbia University Irving Medical Center physicians.
6 orthopedic practice mergers, acquisitions in Q1 2019
  • Chester, Va.-based Colonial Orthopaedics' 97 team members joined Richmond, Va.-based MCV Physicians, a large physician practice affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
  • Richmond-based OrthoVirginia finalized its acquisition of Virginia Beach-based Virginia Institute for Sports Medicine and now includes more than 100 physicians.
9 hospitals with strong finances
Below are nine hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to recent reports from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings:
  1. South Bend, Ind.-based Beacon Health System
  2. Los Angeles-based Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  3. St. Cloud, Minn.-based CentraCare Health
  4. Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Children's Hospital and Health System
  5. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  6. Concord (N.H.) Hospital
  7. Portland-based Oregon Health and Sciences University
  8. Clermont, Fla.-based South Lake Hospital
  9. Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
How the NYU School of Medicine is going tuition-free
One of the top medical schools in the United States is going tuition-free. Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes reports on how and why they're doing it
Mount Sinai medical school to cap student debt at $75K
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City will expand its scholarship program so medical students with the greatest financial need graduate with no more than $75,000 in debt, making it the latest institution to address the massive debt burden facing medical students, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Virtual Reality Is Making Surgeon Training Safer
Virtual reality is being used at the Hospital for Special Surgery to make surgeon training safer. “Patients can be sure that their surgeon or their trainee has gone through a simulation many times and has quantitatively shown that they can perform the procedure safely,” said Dr. Peter Sculco, co-chair of the BioSkills Education Lab at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Penn Medicine researchers make stem cell discoveries
Penn Engineering researchers recently examined stem cell transformation and found they could have more influence on shaping their environment and determining functionality, according to a Penn Today report. (Photo credit: Penn Engineering)

11 Top Clinics test amniotic knee injection for OA
Eleven top orthopedic clinics, including OrthoIndy, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, New York University, The Ohio State University and The Hospital for Special Surgery, tested the use of amniotic fluid and tissue allograft in suspension for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

Dr. Armando Vidal to Join Surgical Staff at The Steadman Clinic
Armando Vidal, M.D., one of the top-rated orthopaedic surgeons in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region, will join The Steadman Clinic’s surgical staff on May 1. Vidal’s appointment was announced by CEO Dan Drawbaugh and Managing Partner. Read more >>
Jonathan Vigdorchik, MD Joins Intellijoint Surgical Advisory Board
Jonathan M. Vigdorchik, an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Canada-based Intellijoint Surgical Inc. Read more >>
7 orthopedic ASCs opened or announced in March & April
An affiliation between Children's Hospital of New Orleans and Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans will result in several systemwide changes. Children's Hospital will absorb Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children's inpatient pediatric intensive care services. Read more >>
Joint Health Sciences Center to Connect Research Among Camden Universities 
Located across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center, the Joint Health Sciences Center is slated to open in September, officials said, and will be home to health-focused research and instruction for Rowan, its Cooper University Medical School, Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College. Read more >>
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is going ahead with a $300-million project to add patient rooms and physician offices by building above  FDR Drive
The 12-story structure, called the River Building, will be built between East 71st and East 72nd streets on a deck above the parkway. The new addition will increase the capacity of the hospital, providing extra space as it looks to renovate its main campus building on East 70th Street. Read more >>
Mayo Clinic Health System expanding, hiring
As Mayo Clinic Health System’s footprint in Mankato expands, new hires keep the growing operation humming. The organization hires throughout the year, with current openings for emergency, family and adult sleep medicine physicians among 142 total postings. Read more >>
Harlem Globetrotters partner with Emory Healthcare
Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare is now the Harlem Globetrotters' official sports medicine provider. Read more >>
Hippocratic Orthopedic Society Has Been Revived
After six years of inactivity, the Hellenic American Hippocratic Orthopedic Society, a private, non-profit society of physicians or scientists whose main interest is the study of the musculoskeletal system, held its first meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 2019. Read more >>
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With respect to faculty recruitment, it is apparent that in academics we mainly hire each other’s graduates. And we pay for expensive ads and recruitment firms to make these connections!

The AOC lets all Departments post jobs they are recruiting directly to the AOC Job Listings site at no cost for up to 1 year!

Examples of the job postings include, but are not limited to:
  • Physicians (Orthopaedic, Primary Care, Podiatry, Physiatry)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Chief Administrative Officers
  • Clinical Operations Managers
  • Finance Managers
Below are current openings posted on the AOC Job Listings site:
How to Spend Way Less Time on Email Every Day
The average professional spends 28% of the work day reading and answering email, according to a McKinsey analysis. For the average full-time worker in America, that amounts to a staggering 2.6 hours spent and 120 messages received per day. Our team at Zarvana — a company that teaches research-backed time management practices — set out to see if there is a data-supported way to reduce the 2.6 daily hours spent on email without sacrificing effectiveness.
Resilience: The Key Ingredient Of Success
Resilience is the shock absorber for tough times, and there surely will be tough times occasionally. The only people who don’t experience bumpy waters are people who are not doing anything. The rest of us are out there trying to do outsized things and that, by definition is fraught with danger and the very real possibility of failure. Sometimes that failure is public. Sometimes it’s private. But either way, it always hurts.
Three professional Japanese footballers (soccer players) play against one hundred children
A company that hires three qualified employees vs. a company that hires 100 underqualified employees to do the same job.
October 1-3, 2019
AOC Annual Meeting for Administrators

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Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty

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