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A Forum for What’s Important

Swiontkowski, Marc MD

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: 5 October 2016 - Volume 98 - Issue 19 - p 1597
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.16.00886


When Editor Emeritus James D. Heckman, MD, introduced The Orthopaedic Forum to JBJS in 2000, he described it as “a place in orthopaedics where intriguing, provocative, controversial new ideas will be presented and discussed.”1 Since that time, Forum topics have run the gamut from levels of evidence to falling in love, from prickly health-policy issues to chronic clinical conundrums.

Over the years, I’ve been moved and motivated by powerful and poignant vignettes from colleagues about life and career-changing experiences and mentors. Consequently, in this issue of JBJS, we’re debuting “What’s Important,” an occasional feature within The Orthopaedic Forum.

In these 1,000-word articles, thoughtful clinicians tell a personal story about a high-impact lesson that they learned at some juncture in life that has altered their worldview, enhanced them personally, and positively affected the care that they provide as orthopaedic physicians. The stories here will reveal how each writer discovered something or someone that turned out to be revelatory.

The first “What’s Important” piece, in this issue of JBJS, comes from Dr. Terry Light—professor, orthopaedic department chair, and residency program director at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.

We look forward to providing members of the orthopaedic family with this opportunity to share the turning-point moments in their professional lives. Thus, if you would like JBJS to consider a “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. The final, accepted manuscript will be forwarded to JBJS staff for copyediting and publication.

Please let us know what you think as you read the first few “What’s Important” stories. Your feedback is always welcome.

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1. Heckman JD. Editorial. The Orthopaedic Forum—an opportunity to exchange ideas. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2000 ;82(3): 303.
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