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Leaders Are Made, Not Born The Role of The American Orthopaedic Association Leadership Traveling Fellowships and Leadership Development Programs
Michael A. Simon, MD; Thomas E. Stautzenbach, MBA, MA
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Michael A. Simon, MD
Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 3079, Chicago, IL 60637

Thomas E. Stautzenbach, MBA, MA
The American Orthopaedic Association, 6300 North River Road, Suite 505, Rosemont, IL 60018-4263

The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2003 Sep 01;85(9):1833-1836
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Despite exhortations made by some of our most able leaders about the need for leadership 1-4 , this need continues to be unmet. Of increasing concern is our belief that orthopaedic surgery is falling behind in the creation of new leaders for our specialty. The relentless intrusion into the practice of medicine by industry, government, business, and insurance companies, especially in the last twenty years, has created a need for a substantially larger number of individuals who will donate a considerable portion of their time to management, organizations, and leadership to serve the specialty. Furthermore, as the number and complexity of institutions and organizations increase, the number of orthopaedic surgeons who are needed to donate their time to the organizations seems enormous. In addition to the time spent in clinical practice and personal life, our specialty is asking individuals to use their valuable time to do volunteer work in orthopaedic organizations. Given the increased pace of life and the demands of the profession and/or family, it is no wonder that there is concern about the diminishing voluntary participation of individuals in organizational activities, as described by Putnam et al. in the masterpiece, Bowling Alone: the Collapse and Revival of American Community5 .
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