August 2004 Bulletin

Students introduced to orthopaedics at AMA showcase Inaugural event highlights medical specialties By Jeffrey Kramer, FACHE, CAE The American Medical Association’s (AMA) inaugural Medical Specialty Showcase, held in conjunction with the 2004 AMA House of Delegates meeting, brought together more than 700 medical students and 45 specialties on June 12 in Chicago. The event enabled medical specialty associations to introduce students to their specialties and offer materials to assist in the students’ career decision-making.

The showcase presented an excellent opportunity for students to network and obtain more comprehensive information on specific specialties before entering the residency selection process. Orthopaedics was represented by the AAOS, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the National Association of Spine Surgeons.
Cary Templin, MD, (left, behind table) and Keith Minihane, MD (right, behind table) — residents from the Northwestern University Medical School — helped staff the AAOS booth at the AMA Medical Specialty Showcase. They were assisted by Samir Mehta, MD (front, right), an orthopaedic resident at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2003 AAOS Health Policy Fellow.

AAOS staff and orthopaedic resident volunteers spoke with medical students and provided them with background material about orthopaedics. The materials illustrated the various facets of orthopaedics, the way orthopaedic surgeons interact with communities and the impact orthopaedics has on patients. A variety of materials were distributed, including:

Michael Schafer, MD, orthopaedic program chair at Northwestern University, encouraged two orthopaedic residents—Cary Templin, MD, and Keith Minihane, MD—to participate. For three hours, the residents offered information and answered questions about orthopaedics, residency programs and fellowships. Female students interested in the role of women within orthopaedics were referred to the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society for additional information. Overall, this was a valuable experience for both the AAOS and the medical students. It was an effective way to promote orthopaedics and to provide medical students with first-hand information about the specialty as they considered their future career plans.

Jeffrey Kramer, FACHE, CAE, is director, department of academic affairs. He can be reached at (847) 384-4344 or

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