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During Deployment, Military Orthopaedist Discovers What’s Important

WI_Krueger.pngThe February 1, 2017 issue of JBJS contains the fourth of a series of personal essays in which orthopaedic clinicians tell a story about a high-impact lesson they learned that has altered their worldview, enhanced them personally, and positively affected the care they provide as orthopaedic
physicians.

This “What’s Important” piece comes from Dr. Chad Krueger of the Womack Army Medical Center. In his essay titled “Being Present,” Dr. Krueger emphasizes that family and friends are too easily taken for granted amid clinical and research demands.

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.

Decent Work/Life Balance Found in Ortho Residencies

Doximity’s 2015-2016 Residency Navigator is designed to help medical students make informed choices about residency programs by analyzing more than 94,000 ratings and hand-written reviews from Doximity members who are currently in or recently graduated from US residency programs. From that data, Doximity’s VP of Product Management Shari Buck turned up two interesting findings about orthopaedists in training:

–Among the specialties with the highest ratings for work hours (tolerability of shift and call schedules) and schedule flexibility (real-life accommodations for events such as weddings and pregnancy), orthopaedic surgery came in fourth, behind physiatry, dermatology, and radiation oncology—and just ahead of emergency medicine.

–On the other hand, female residents in general appear to be less satisfied than their male counterparts, and the gender gap is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated specialties like orthopaedic surgery (83.7 percent satisfaction among women versus 95.9 percent for men; p<0.05).