December 1999 Bulletin

Societies plan statement on curriculum

Nine medical specialties, including AAOS, are preparing the ground work for developing a consensus statement containing objectives for musculoskeletal care education that all medical students should receive before they graduate.

The Steering Committee on Collaboration Among Providers Involved in Musculoskeletal Care is planning a needs-assessment survey of second-year residents to develop objectives for musculoskeletal education in medical schools. The AAOS board of directors, meeting Oct. 2, 1999, approved funding the survey.

Douglas Jackson, MD, 1997 AAOS president, who has been spearheading the effort to develop collaborative efforts among muscuolskeletal societies, told the board that a work group of the participating medical specialties will use the results to develop the consensus statement. The statement will be given to the Association of American Medical Colleges, medical school deans and other parties that influence and/or control medical school curricula.

The Steering Committee was formed in 1996 to explore potential areas of collaboration between and among specialty societies. Member societies of the Steering Committee who, as of Oct. 1, have agreed to participate in the needs assessments are the AAOS, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Pediatics, American Academy of Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.

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