February 1998 Bulletin

New book on starting a practice

To help residents establish a practice, the Academy has published a 140-page book entitled Practice Management for the Young Orthopaedic Surgeon.

"During a training program residents concentrate on patient care with little emphasis on the business aspects of medicine," says the editor, Michael F. Schafer, MD, chairman, department of orthopaedic surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. "This book offers very important, but often neglected insight into the business operation and practice management issues relevant to an orthopaedic surgeon embarking on their first practice experience."

The book is a composite of an earlier edition, Practice Management for the Young Surgeon, published by the American College of Surgeons in 1995 and reprinted in 1996. The latest edition includes a chapter entitled, "What is the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons?," written by Academy Executive Vice President William W. Tipton Jr, MD. According to Dr. Tipton, the chapter "provides residents with a current understanding of what the Academy is and what it does."

The book costs $35 for members; $45 for non-members. To order Practice Management for the Young Orthopaedic Surgeon, contact AAOS customer service department at (800) 626-6726.

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