There have been humbling days and rewarding ones in the sixteen years since I completed my orthopaedic training. I have had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and from the trials and tribulations of colleagues willing to share.
Leaving our residency training, we embark upon a career with a mind full of facts and technical information derived from hours of reading and attending conferences. However, it takes years of clinical experience, whether in the office or operating room, to become a “complete” surgeon. How long it takes to complete that task depends upon the volume and size of the practice, but more importantly, how willing you are to learn from your experiences, good or bad. One should not attempt to rationalize a suboptimal result, but rather determine why it happened. A good teacher then shares the information derived with others.
In the two years that this journal has existed, I feel as though it has provided a vehicle for the orthopaedic community to share its experiences in a concise manner. It is truly possible to learn through others’ experiences and, hopefully, the contribution of others will assist in your own personal journey.
In this issue, our Guest Editor, Michael Brage, has assembled a panel of experts versed in the subject of osteochondral defects of the talus. They have derived knowledge in this subject through years of experience based on volume. Let’s learn together!
Robert B. Anderson, MD