OREF helps in finding the right practice

Clinical excellence aside, getting established as a new orthopaedic surgeon is no easy task. In fall 2007, in collaboration with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) introduced a series of evening gatherings to offer residents and fellows an opportunity to sort through real-world questions such as the following: What practice setting appeals to you most? How much clinical autonomy are you looking for? What debt management options should you consider?

Content has included interviewing techniques, contract issues, and strategies for negotiating salary. Participants are encouraged to attend with their spouses or partners. Feedback indicates participants appreciate receiving timely and relevant information, which otherwise might be difficult to obtain.

To date, OREF has organized more than a dozen sessions for residents and fellows at programs across the country. The programs are offered by OREF and are supported through an educational grant from HCA, which includes a donation to OREF in the name of each participating resident or fellow.

The schedule for 2009 is in the planning stages at press time. For more information, stop by the OREF booth, located on Level 2, Venetian Foyer East, or contact Judy Sherr, vice president of corporate relations at (847) 384-4356 or