July 2004 AAOS Report

USBJD organizing question-writing task force

The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD), under Project 100, is urging U.S. medical schools to offer formal training in the musculoskeletal system. The goal of Project 100 is for all American medical schools to offer a required course in musculoskeletal medicine by the end of the Decade (2002-2011).

Members of the USBJD’s musculoskeletal education committee recently met with Peter V. Scoles, MD, vice president of the National Board of Medical Examiners and an AAOS fellow, to discuss creation of a standardized exam in musculoskeletal medicine. A standardized exam would make it easier for schools to offer courses in musculoskeletal medicine. To create the exam, USBJD is asking Bone and Joint Decade organizations to nominate members for a Question-Writing Task Force, which will help the Board write test questions. If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to Kathy Holtzman at mailto:kholtzman@nbme.org and copy Toby King at the USBJD (tobyking@usbjd.org).

This month, the Decade will hold the first in a series of luncheon meetings on Capitol Hill. The forum will focus on discussions about the current burden of osteoporosis. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.); Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (D-W.V.) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) are honorary co-sponsors. Speakers will include Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, president of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade; Deborah Gold, PhD, of Duke University Medical School; and an osteoporosis patient.

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