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Thursday, March 16, 2000

RJOS sponsoring booth on victims of domestic abuse

Each year, 30 to 35 percent of women who visit physicians for trauma are the victims of domestic violence. At this year's Annual Meeting, AAOS and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society is jointly sponsoring a booth to educate members about this growing national problem.

"The AAOS leadership has endorsed the effort to educate orthopaedic surgeons and residents about domestic violence," said Debra A. Zillmer, MD, president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and co-chairperson of the booth. Dr. Zillmer, an orthopaedic surgeon from Gunderson Clinic, La Crosse, Wis., has authored a paper on domestic violence that will be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

"No matter what our ortho-paedic practice focus, victims of domestic violence present themselves to us for care both in the emergency room and the office. A physician's ability to recognize these patients depends on his or her index of suspicion and that comes directly from education about the issue. We hope that AAOS fellows and residents will visit the booth and take educational materials with them for use in their practice."

Vincent F. Deeney, MD, also a co-chairperson, is the AAOS representative to the American Medical Association's Advisory Council on Domestic Violence. He is an orthopaedic surgeon at Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh.

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