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Workforce, Work, and Advocacy Issues in Pediatric Orthopaedics*
Steven L. Frick, MD1; B. Stephen Richards, MD2; Stuart L. Weinstein, MD3; James H. Beaty, MD4; J. Michael Wattenbarger, MD5
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, 1616 Scott Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203. E-mail address: steven.frick@carolinashealthcare.org
2 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219. E-mail address: steve.richards@tsrh.org
3 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 01026 JPP, Iowa City, IA 52245. E-mail address: stuart-weinstein@uiowa.edu
4 Campbell Clinic, 1211 Union Avenue, #500, Memphis, TN 38104. E-mail address: jbeaty@campbellclinic.com
5 OrthoCarolina, 2000 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28203. E-mail address: michael.wattenbarger@orthocarolina.com
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Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity.

This report is based on a symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association on June 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Copyright © 2010 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 Dec 01;92(17):e31 1-6. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.00333
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The subspecialization of the orthopaedic surgery profession has led to a division of work; competition among orthopaedic subspecialties with regard to graduating residents seeking fellowships and patients seeking care for problems involving different subspecialties; potential splintering of the profession regarding reimbursement and advocacy initiatives; and disagreement about the role, responsibilities, and work of a so-called general orthopaedic surgeon. The issues of cost and access are now prominent in the ongoing health-care reform discussions and pending legislation, and legislative decisions may profoundly impact patients and physicians. This symposium reviews how these issues are affecting pediatric orthopaedics.
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