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Toward Better Interaction Between Orthopaedists and Researchers
John M. Clark, MD, PhD; Howard A. Chansky, MD; Sohail K. Mirza, MD
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2003 Nov 01;85(11):2249-2251
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To The Editor:Thomas Brown, in his address as outgoing President of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) "Toward Better Interaction Between Orthopaedists and Researchers: A Two-Way Street" (2002;84:1473-7), chronicled the transformation of the ORS from an organization of and for surgeon-scientists to one composed largely of nonsurgeons. He argued that this trend from a clinical to basic-science focus is favorable and should be more tangibly supported by the community of orthopaedic surgeons. His thesis was that the financial and innovative health of our field is in jeopardy because it has not supported basic research wisely and, as a result, is reliant on "relatively simplistic procedures" with diminishing value to society. The "better interaction," which Dr. Brown proposed, is one in which surgeons give over a greater share of their compensation to finance basic research directed and performed by nonclinicians. As academic surgeons, we agree with Dr. Brown on the value and importance of quality research, but we find this advocacy for further de-emphasis of applied research alarming. The pathway endorsed by Dr. Brown will neither improve cooperation between clinicians and basic scientists nor will it likely lead to changes in the clinical practice of orthopaedic surgery. We believe that collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists should be based upon joint formulation of hypotheses and methods of research; collaboration should not be defined as clinicians funding science projects.
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