is an educational resource for orthopaedic surgeons designed to improve through
the communal efforts of those who use it as a learning resource. It is a simple
but powerful concept.
is built on the following core beliefs:
- Orthopaedic education can be improved and made more efficient.
- With proper incentives and guidance, young orthopaedic surgeons can and will produce
high- quality orthopaedic review content to the benefit of themselves and their
- Physicians should be rewarded fairly for their publishing contribution.
was founded by Dr. Derek Moore, a practicing orthopedic spine surgeon. He realized
after returning to his residency following a period as a consultant at The Boston
Consulting Group, that there were opportunities for improvement in the orthopaedic
surgery training process. Opportunities to create value include:
1. Improved Utilization of Resident Value
believe that residents represent an underutilized "talent pool." The rigorous selection
process of orthopaedic residency selects for some of the brightest young professionals
in our country during their prime productive years. Unfortunately, the daily workload
that residents face often limits them from more valuable activities such as research,
social service, and international medical work. We believe with proper incentives
and infrastructure, resident physicians can be more productive during their residency
as well as have a more fulfilling experience.
2. More Efficient Learning through a Structured Curriculum
Premedical and medical education prior to residency is based on a structured curriculum
with specific course materials and interval testing to track the progress of individual
students and objectively compare them to the performance of others. Many orthopaedic
training programs lack such a structured curriculum and the only objective measure
of a resident’s progress is the annual in training exam. We believe by implementing
a structured curriculum with objective interval testing, the accumulation of knowledge
can be done more efficiently, leaving residents with more time to participate in
other valuable activities, such as research and medical missions.
3. Decrease the "Opportunity Cost" of Residency
We believe there is a pending crisis that is not being appropriately addressed by
the administrative bodies overlooking orthopaedic education. The cost of medical
education is increasing and consequently, so is the average educational dept that
graduating orthopaedic residents face. When coupled with decreasing reimbursement
rates surgeons can expect once in practice, we believe that many surgeons will be
limited by how and where they can practice as a surgeon due to their debt burden.
This may limit them from participating in more altruistic activities while in practice,
such as providing care for the underserved or going on extended international medical
missions. By reducing the cost of educational materials and compensating residents
fairly for their publication contributions,
hopes to provide one avenue by which residents can reduce their debt burden.
Based on these "opportunities,"
was created on the principle that the residents and physicians are the ones that
should be directly rewarded for their work, and thereby tapped into an under- valued
talent pool to create high quality orthopedic review material in a cost-effective
and efficient way. The key competitive advantage of
is the "for-us, by-us" mentality that continues to attract orthopedists surgeons
to our site, where through their collective contribution, the site continues to
evolve and improve.
If we work together, we can build something great, and we will all benefit.
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