Firstly, the Oracle Team USA boat had a historic set of victories to come from behind and clench the America’s Cup! These last few races were incredibly exciting. I hope many of you locally had the chance to witness some of this in person and if not, on the fantastic video/graphic/television/internet coverage of these races.
The other exciting thing is that we had Piotr Czarnecki a visiting hand surgeon and upper extremity surgeon from Poland on a travelling fellowship hosted by The American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He spent the week with me in my practice in the office and operating room and being a yachtsman himself, I was delighted to have him accompany me to watch the America’s Cup Race #15 from a fantastic vantage point just above Ghirardelli Square. Piotr Czarnecki is an extremely talented surgeon who attends virtually all the international meetings and has a wonderful global perspective on hand and upper extremity surgery, healthcare, and our various political institutions. We had lots to talk about on the eve of the healthcare reform and a potential budget crisis here in the US.
This coming week I am participating in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meeting right here in San Francisco and I’ll have more on that next week. Take care!
Stryker is one of the major "Big 5" orthopaedic companies. Stryker provides education and training courses. They have a philosophy of surgeon education in which didactic lectures and case presentations are offered for the most challenging clinical cases. They pair these with excellent hands on surgical skills courses that focus on the fundamentals of surgical approaches and principles. http://www.stryker.com/en-us/education/index.htm
Recently, they offered a course on the Hand and Wrist which I participated in. It was located at the South Florida Learning Center, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On Thursday, August 22, I led a competitive analysis of existing products for upper extremity conditions. Six surgeons and six engineers and marketing executives participated in a panel discussion regarding opportunities in the marketplace for improved technology and products for surgeons to use on their patients.
On Friday, August 25th, we did a day-long session of lectures and surgical skills for 35 residents and fellows. On Saturday, August 26th, we did a day-long session for 25 experienced surgeons and their staff. As always, the camaraderie and fellowship with other surgeons and designers was rewarding.
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Thant did a great job particularly considering that he has only been in the United States for two years. He and his family emigrated from Burma, a.k.a.. Myanmar, to seek more opportunity and a better life. He did a great job in helping out the office and helping me document photographically some of my surgical techniques. Here are some pictures of Thant on that day and a link to the Enterprise for High School Students website. This is worthy cause if you have any interest in making a financial donation or providing hourly jobs for posting or being a training site for youngsters like these in the future.
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