Bone Bulletin

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As the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce the inaugural issue of the Bone Bulletin. Through the activities of the DePalma Orthopaedic Society, medical students at SKMC have had an excellent venue to learn about orthopaedic surgery, and our surgeons here at Rothman Orthopaedics have enthusiastically mentored younger students interested in the field of orthopedic surgery. The DePalma leadership has worked hard on many initiatives in recent years: providing forums for orthopaedic faculty to speak about their work, assembling lists of orthopaedic programs where former students have trained, developing interview guides and guidance for rising senior students, and trying to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to become part of our orthopaedic family, just to name a few.

Each year I have the pleasure of getting to know all the medical students at SKMC who are interested in a career in orthopedic surgery. I’ve had the opportunity to follow some of those students through residency training and into academic positions in orthopedic surgery. Some have risen to attending leadership positions in academic medical centers and national orthopaedic societies. They are bright, well-educated physicians who are motivated to accomplish great things in the world of orthopaedic surgery. This new journal is a testament to the energy, enthusiasm, and skills of our outstanding medical students at SKMC. I hope you enjoy reading their work as much as I enjoy being an advisor and mentor to them.

Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA
The Joseph and Marie Field Professor of Spinal Surgery
Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
Sidney Kimmel Medical College/ Rothman Orthopaedics

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