Along with a number of outstanding articles that represent fully the breadth of our specialty, this issue of Techniques in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery features several articles related to the outstanding care volunteer upper limb surgeons and health care providers are providing to patients in underdeveloped countries.
The brainchild of one of our editorial board, Sue Michlovitz, the journal enthusiastically endorsed the concept and hope that our readers are inspired by the work being done in these venues.
There are ever-increasing opportunities for interested surgeons to participate in such rewarding experiences. This can be arranged through well-established organizations such as Orthopaedics Overseas, a subdivision of Health Volunteers Overseas, our subspecialty societies, charitable or religious organizations, or by individual contacts and personal efforts.
What is most impressive is learning about individual efforts by our colleagues who spend countless hours collecting orthopedic equipment, raising funds independently, and then giving their expertise and experience to not only patients in underserved areas but, perhaps, equally important, transferring these to local surgeons who then can become teachers and leaders in their own environment. There are so many experiences I have become aware of that it would not be possible to enumerate all, but as examples are hand surgeons going over to India, Peru, Vietnam, East and West Africa, among so many areas in the world.
They are truly our finest ambassadors!
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD