OrthoBuzz is pleased to highlight the 2022 winners of the JBJS Open Access Awards. The annual awards were created last year to acknowledge and celebrate the impactful work of authors. Two awards are given: for the best JBJS Open Access scientific article and the best JBJS Open Access AOA Critical Issues in Education article published each calendar year. As stated in a recent editorial announcing the 2022 winners, selection of the winning articles is based on several criteria: broad interest across the spectrum of bone and joint surgery; rigorous methodology, a strong message, and useful images or illustrations; the potential to change practice and/or improve orthopaedic education; and findings of international relevance.

Congratulations to the 2022 winners:

Best JBJS Open Access Scientific Article

The Effect of Ulnar Styloid Fractures on Patient-Reported Outcomes After Surgically Treated Distal Radial Fractures” by Ståle Ørstavik Clementsen, MD, Rune Bruhn Jakobsen, MD, PhD, Ola-Lars Hammer, MD, PhD, and Per-Henrik Randsborg, MD, PhD

This study evaluates the effect of a concomitant ulnar styloid fracture (USF) on outcomes after surgical stabilization of a distal radial fracture (DRF). Data from 2 randomized controlled trials on the treatment of unstable DRFs were pooled; 281 patients were included, 177 (63%) of whom had an associated, untreated USF.

The authors conclude, “The main finding of this study was that a concomitant USF did not affect patient-reported outcomes or functional results 2 years after surgical fixation of an unstable DRF. Furthermore, nonunion of the USF did not affect outcome…We recommend that concomitant USFs with stable distal radial ulnar joints be left untreated when treating a DRF with surgical fixation.”

Read the winning JBJS Open Access scientific article.

Best JBJS Open Access AOA Critical Issues in Education Article

Musculoskeletal Educational Resources for the Aspiring Orthopaedic Surgeon” by Harsh Wadhwa, BS, Noelle L. Van Rysselberghe, MD, Sean T. Campbell, MD, and Julius A. Bishop, MD, FAOA

Say the authors, “Musculoskeletal (MSK) education is underemphasized in medical school curricula, which can lead to decreased confidence in treating MSK conditions and suboptimal performance on orthopaedic surgery elective rotations or subinternships…Although efforts to improve MSK education for medical students are ongoing, there are currently no centralized introductory educational resources that provide foundational MSK knowledge.”

In this article, the authors provide an overview of the best available resources and their associated costs for aspiring orthopaedic surgeons and practitioners pursuing MSK medicine education, and identify unaddressed needs in this area.

Read the winning JBJS Open Access AOA Critical Issues in Education article.

About JBJS Open Access

JBJS Open Access is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal from the publishers of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The mission of the journal is to provide free access to a steady flow of comprehensive, objective, and evidence-based studies that have the potential to impact orthopaedic care worldwide. JBJS Open Access AOA Critical Issues in Education manuscripts are managed in partnership with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

About the Awards

Learn more about JBJS Open Access and the awards: read the editorial from 2022 outlining the criteria.

Or visit the JBJS Open Access Awards page for more information.

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