Those Who Can, Do—Those Who Can, Teach
AOA Critical Issues
Terrance D. Peabody, MD

Like all prior presidents, I am humbled and honored to become the President of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA). This is even more special on the 125th celebration of its founding. The AOA is the oldest and most highly esteemed organization representing our specialty in our country. Its legacy and its future are based on the strength of members who have built careers of excellence and distinction.

The AOA has, through its membership, successfully been a guiding light for orthopaedic surgery, providing leadership on critical issues affecting our patients and our profession. The mission and vision of the Association reveal that we aspire to promote and preserve what is best in our nature: character, altruism, perseverance, and professionalism.

For this address, I have chosen to discuss teaching in orthopaedic surgery. My goal is to emphasize the critical importance of teaching, particularly at this time. I wish to do more than simply acknowledge or heap accolades upon those who have responded to this calling in the past. My hope is to reinforce and to invigorate those who dedicate their time and energy to this important work. In addition, I would like to inspire all to respond to the very real challenges facing orthopaedic education and enlist their support of orthopaedic resident and fellow education.

I chose the title “Those Who Can, Do—Those Who Can, Teach.” Many times in my life I have heard the similar quote “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”1 This quote from George Bernard Shaw reflected a less than complimentary view of teachers and is the only literary reference that this state-school graduate, who took the minimum required humanities courses in college, will make. I am actually more familiar with the version in Woody Allen’s movie, Annie Hall. In that movie, the quote is “Those …


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