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Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (MOS) is the state organization for orthopaedic surgeons in Minnesota. We are the state affiliate of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and consist of 150 members from a variety of practice and academic settings. Membership is open to practicing and retired orthopaedic surgeons and residents. We are also an inclusive body that provides an adjunct membership with our affiliate health care providers (non-operative orthopaedists, physician assistants, physical therapists, and others).
The Society holds an annual educational meeting and actively participates in the legislative and economic issues that affect its members.
As president of the MOS for the 2016-17 year, I am excited to work with the board and members on the goals outlined in our society’s mission statement: advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic disease and disability, advancement of teaching and research in orthopaedics, and advancement of our field as relates to socio-economic change. We have a newly energized and expanded membership (up 70% in 2015-16!) and I want to work with you to advance the practice of orthopaedic surgery here in Minnesota.
I want to thank all of our members who were able to attend the MOS Annual Meeting on May 13th. In addition to presentations and panel discussions on a wide variety of pertinent topics,, and an update on research and education at the University of Minnesota and The Mayo Clinic, we were fortunate to host Dr. Bernie Morrey and Dr. Freddie Fu and hear of their impressions and recollections through their long careers as orthopaedic surgeons. It is often easy to become frustrated or discouraged with the many challenges we face on a day-to-day basis, and I (among many) found it very encouraging and inspiring to hear these gentlemen speak of the importance and value of their relationships with family, colleagues, and patients, their efforts to maintain work-life balance, and their sense of pride and satisfaction they gain from working in our profession.
One of the concerns that has been previously voiced about MOS is that it is too much of an “academic” or “urban” organization. As a member of a single-specialty group in outstate Minnesota, I want to make sure that all orthopaedists in the state, regardless of location or practice type, feel represented by and invested in our organization. To this end, we as aboard would welcome suggestions from throughout the state on how to better engage with and support our members. One proposed change is the make-up of our board – our current board consists of a president, past-president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary, four directors-at-large, two annual meeting course directors, the MMA liaison, the MSRB/legislative rep, and two AAOS Board of Councilors appointees, for a total of 13-15 members (depending on duplicate positions). Nomination to the board has typically been an informal process, often by word-of-mouth amongst current board members. I am interested in the memberships’ thoughts regarding whether a regional board representation (similar in some ways to Minnesota’s legislative districts) would be desired in order to gain input from all areas of the state. I am also interested in whether a change in the nominating process (perhaps by accepting applications from interested individuals through the website) would provide a more transparent and open process of selection. I encourage members to provide their thoughts and feedback on this topic directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and suggestions will be taken seriously and presented to the board for consideration.
Secondly, I want to address the topic of opioid dependence and abuse that has made headlines in state and national news of late. There have been many news articles and opinion pieces written on this subject in the past few years, and as prescribing physicians we share in the responsibility to address this problem for the benefit and optimal care of our patients.
I would encourage all members to review the AAOS information statement on opioid use, misuse, and abuse in orthopaedic practice. Other governing organizations such as the CDC and the MMA also have guidelines and educational materials available for your perusal. What types of changes have you (or your group) made regarding opioids? There have been attempts to establish more uniform prescribing standards and more effective monitoring of opioid use, though availability of this information and its effectiveness in ensuring appropriate pain management while minimizing potential for abuse and addiction remain a work in progress. Please contact me at email@example.com with your suggestions and ideas. What has (or has not) been successful in your practice? We are in the early planning stages for an expert panel discussion on this topic at the next MOS Annual Meeting on May 12, 2017, and welcome your thoughts on this matter.
I look forward to speaking with and meeting many of you during the upcoming year. Feel free to contact me at any time regarding the above topics or other issues pertinent to orthopaedic practice here in Minnesota.
Scott R. Stevens, M.D.