Most of the GOS Membership reading this article are aware of the Senior Residents Conference we started in the Spring of 2012. This conference to prepare our Residents for practice has been a major success under the leadership of Dr. Steve Kane and has grown yearly. This June we will host our 6th Conference and will have Orthopaedic Residents from at least 3 other states attending. To enhance the position of GOS with our Orthopaedic Residents in Georgia, this year we have had Board members meet with the Residents at each of the 4 Orthopaedic Residency programs in Georgia: Emory University, Atlanta Medical Center, MCG at AU, and the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. (At the printing of this Newsletter we have completed all but Eisenhower).
We have had a 4-fold purpose:
- Encourage involvement in the Whitesides Resident Paper Competition for presentation at the GOS annual meeting.
- Explain the importance of Advocacy and participation in the AAOS and GOS PAC’s as Residents. We will later have a competition between the 4 programs to see who has the most Residents participate.
- Discuss the importance of our State Orthopaedic Societies to practicing Orthopaedists.
- Encourage Resident membership in GOS (no dues) and attendance at the annual meeting at Sea Island (no registration fee).
We are fortunate to have 4 exemplary Orthopaedic Residency programs in Georgia and we on your Board of Directors will continue to be committed to the enhancement of their education and preparation for future practice.
J. Wendell Duncan, MD