AOA is fortunate to have as its guests at this meeting two men who have a great interest in how we will provide society with orthopaedic surgeons who meet its demands. I have no doubt you will enjoy the contributions of the President’s Guest Speaker, Professor Andy Carr from Oxford, and of RACS’ Guest Speaker, Professor Larry Marsh, immediate Past-President of the American Orthopaedic Association, as they contribute their thoughts as to what skills and attributes we should be imbuing in tomorrow’s orthopaedic surgeons.
The remainder of the scientific program assembled by Allan Wang, our scientific secretary, will provide high-level orthopaedic learning throughout the duration of the meeting.
I look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane, the “River City”.
Welcome to the 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, October 2015.
There are many challenges facing our current orthopaedic trainees and young orthopaedic surgeons. Advancing technologies are providing increasing numbers of treatment options, but the cost of these has to be balanced against any measurable improvement in outcome these new treatments may bring.
Society is demanding orthopaedic surgeons have not only high levels of technical skill and orthopaedic knowledge throughout their careers, but are surgeons with compassion, who have a social conscience, who are good communicators, whose judgement is sound, and who as expected of those following a profession, behave ethically.
Tomorrow’s orthopaedic surgeons will have to provide orthopaedic care that can be proven to be effective, that society can afford, and that is therefore sustainable. Selecting and training men and women to be tomorrow’s orthopaedic surgeons is a task for us today.