Greetings to all and Happy Holidays!

Dr. ZabalaBy Jeffrey Beckenbaugh, DO
Orthopod Editor

We are happy to present to you the next edition of the Orthopod.  After deductibles are reset, bowl games and holiday parties are over, and all gifts are unwrapped, perhaps we can all take a breath and reflect on how grateful we are to have the opportunity to be so busy!  As the dust settles, perhaps you will then have the chance to enjoy our newsletter in its entirety, or for those of us who are either exceptionally organized, hate football, and/or run from holiday parties, you will have something to peruse while abstaining.  Whatever your pleasure, our hope is that you will enjoy having some time to look over the Orthopod.

This edition brings us three original articles from residents, two clinical, and one thought provoking article regarding orthopedic surgeon specialty training, and one of the decisions facing residents coming out of training in this era.  Also included are our regular reports from leadership, as well as the beginning of updates from our sections chairs, starting with the section of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.

Our residency spotlight series continues, with an excellent report from McLaren Greater Lansing Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, which highlights the hot topic of the single GME accreditation pathway.  You will see this topic is an important and common thread to many of our leadership reports in this issue.

As always, thank you for your support, and thank you for taking time to read over the information provided.  We remain open to suggestions and comments.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts, and don’t forget to check out the AOAO page on Facebook.

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