AAOS Now, June 2012
Grateful Patients Speak to Value of Orthopaedics
Patients advocate during Research Capitol Hill Days Erin Lynn Ransford Debra Shoopman is a passionate cyclist. For 8 years, she has participated in Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a week-long, noncompetitive bicycle ride across the state of Iowa, totaling more than 470 miles. In July 2010, while training for RAGBRAI, Ms. Shoopman dislocated her left shoulder in a bicycle accident. Two months later, she dislocated the same shoulder as she was making her bed.
Smoking Threatens Orthopaedic Outcomes
Although the prevalence of smoking has decreased dramatically in the United States during the past 50 years, this decline has not translated into a decline in the health problems associated with smoking. The deleterious effects of smoking on cardiovascular and pulmonary function are well known, as are the carcinogenic properties, and physicians in these disciplines have been at the forefront of smoking cessation efforts for their patients.
Taking Advocacy to the Grassroots
More than 300 AAOS members descended upon Washington, D.C., April 25–27 for the annual American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). This yearly advocacy event helps raise awareness about issues affecting the orthopaedic community, builds support for orthopaedic-related legislation, and strengthens Congressional relationships. Although very successful, NOLC is an annual event and is largely federally focused.