AAOS Bulletin - April, 2005

Two Washington Health Policy Fellowships awarded

By Kimberly J. Templeton, MD

For the first time, two orthopaedic residents/fellows-in training were selected to receive AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellowships (HPF). The new fellows are James Genuario, MD, from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Alok Sharan, MD, who will soon begin a spine surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. The fellows began their tenure during the 2005 Annual Meeting.

Alok Sharan, MD


James Genuario, MD

The HPF began in 2004 through the efforts of the Academic Advocacy Committee. It enables orthopaedic residents and fellows-in-training the opportunity to view the medical advocacy process first hand and to take part in all areas of policy development.

Selected fellows are also responsible for speaking with other residents about the need and mechanisms for involvement in the advocacy process. At the completion of the HPF, fellows are expected to produce either a presentation or a publishable paper, detailing the results of their work during the year.

2004 winner presents results

The 2004 HPF—Sharat Kusuma, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania—completed his fellowship during the Annual Meeting. During the past year, Dr. Kusuma has worked with the AAOS Washington Office and the Academic Advocacy Committee on a survey concerning the 80-hour rule. The results of this survey were presented during a symposium at the Annual Meeting.

In addition, Dr. Kusuma helped to organize a panel discussion on specialty hospitals during the 2004 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference.

Application process

The Washington Health Policy Fellowship program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of advocates who are interested in policy-related topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a volunteer network built around such topics. This program offers orthopaedic residents and fellows the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the health policy process and to contribute to the development of new policies and programs.

Integral to the program is a commitment by the Academy that those selected to participate will work closely with a senior Academy volunteer orthopaedic surgeon who can provide technical expertise related to the health policy fellow’s daily activities, assist in accessing the Academy’s resources, and help identify other collaborative opportunities within the Academy.

The HPF application consists of a letter of recommendation from the resident’s/fellow’s program director. The resident/fellow needs to be in good standing and have an interest in health policy/advocacy. Applicants also need to submit a current curriculum vitae, as well as essays on why they want to be an AAOS HPF and what they feel are the most difficult challenges facing the health care delivery system. Finalists are then interviewed by a panel, via telephone.

Applications and inquiries about the program should be directed to David Lovett, director of the AAOS Washington Office, at lovett@aaos.org.

Kimberly J. Templeton, MD, is chair of the Washington Health Policy Fellowship. She can be reached at ktemplet@kumc.edu

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