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C. T. Brighton/ABJS Workshop on Orthopaedic Education: Editorial: Certification and Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery

Brand, Richard, A

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 2006 - Volume 449 - Issue - p 2
doi: 10.1097/01.blo.0000224031.16227.ed
SECTION I: SYMPOSIUM I: C. T. Brighton/ABJS Workshop on Orthopaedic Education

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Corresponding author: Richard A. Brand, MD, 3550 Market St., Suite 220, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Phone: 215-349-8375; Fax: 215-349-8379; E-mail:

This month's main symposium relates to many aspects of orthopaedic training, including certification and accreditation. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research published, in August 1990, a symposium devoted to Certification and Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery.1-14 Dr. George Omer guest-edited that symposium, which included 13 contributions on a variety of important topics. Two of those authors (Dr. Donald Kettelkamp6 and Dr. Frank Wilson14) contributed to the current symposium. In addition, The Classic, “Fifty Years of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery,” by Dr. Jack Wickstrom, which has been reprinted in this issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, provided an excellent overview of the history of the ABOS.13 We believe the 1990 symposium will be of interest to all readers wishing to compare the changes in issues over time, although many of the difficult and controversial issues at that time remain so today.

In addition to the contributions from the CT Brighton Workshop, we present five papers on professionalism organized by Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess. Given the close relationship between training and professionalism, we believe it important to publish these two sets of papers together. These articles highlight a crucial issue of orthopaedic practice and education which is receiving well-deserved and growing attention, largely owing to the efforts of these two individuals. A related article on professionalism by Dr. Paul DeRosa appears in the first symposium.

A third collection organized by Dr. Joe Bernstein focuses on applying for orthopaedic fellowships. As is clear from Dr. Bernstein's editorial, many aspects of applying for a fellowship relate to all fellowships. However, the fellowships of each subspecialty have unique characteristics and these are highlighted in ten articles devoted to the various subspecialties. The listing of fellowships at the end of each of these articles was provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and was created with an educational grant to the AAOS from Stryker, and we thank both organizations for allowing us to reproduce this material.

We believe readers, and particularly educators, will find these related collections of papers useful.

Richard A. Brand, MD


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1. Allen WC. The relationship between residency programs and fellowships in the educational setting. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:57-60.
2. Burton RI. Credentialing for international fellowships. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:61-63.
3. Ebert PA. Methods for evaluation of medical care other than credentialing: cost, experience and results. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:64-66.
4. Edmonson AS. Recertification: one orthopedic surgeon's view. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:35-37.
5. Glasser MA. Certification and recertification: a consumer's view. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:38-42.
6. Kettelkamp DB, Herndon JN. Recertification in orthopedics. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:29-34.
7. Langsley DG. Medical specialty credentialing in the United States. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:22-28.
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11. Urbaniak JR. Certificates of added qualifications in orthopedic surgery. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:52-56.
12. Volle RL. Standardized testing of patient management skills: a computer-based method. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257: 47-51.
13. Wickstrom JK. Fifty years of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257:3-10.
14. Wilson FC. The accreditation of graduate educational programs in orthopedic surgery. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990;257: 18-21.
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