Against All Odds, Syrian Doctor Lands US Orthopaedic Residency

Diebo WIThe February 7, 2018 issue of JBJS contains another in a series of “What’s Important” personal essays from orthopaedic clinicians. This “What’s Important” article comes from Dr. Bassel Diebo.

At a time when the suffering in Syria seems unremitting, Dr. Diebo tells of starting his surgery residency in a besieged Damascus hospital at the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011. He came to America at the end of 2012; worked hard at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and  SUNY Downstate Medical Center; passed the USMLE exams; and landed an orthopaedic residency almost 6 years to the day after the Syrian uprising began.

If you would like JBJS to consider your “What’s Important” story for publication, please submit a manuscript via Editorial Manager. When asked to select an article type, please choose Orthopaedic Forum and include “What’s Important:” at the beginning of the title.

Because they are personal in nature, “What’s Important” submissions will not be subject to the usual stringent JBJS peer-review process. Instead, they will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, who will correspond with the author if revisions are necessary and make the final decision regarding acceptance.

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