2017 National Orthopedic Leadership Conference (NOLC)

2017 NOLC write-up by Dr. Kenneth Berg, PGY-III

The AAOS National Orthopedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) was held in Washington, DC on April 26-29, 2017.  Myself and Dr. Ian English attended as representatives of the Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.  In addition, the Wisconsin delegation in attendance included Dr. Donald Hackbarth, Dr. Brian Law, Dr. Rory Write, Dr. Jon Henry, Dr. Eric Pifel, and Dr. Dave Konreich.  Dr. Rueben Lufrano and Erica White represented the University of Wisconsin-Madison Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.  On Thursday, April 27th we went to the Hill and met with the Wisconsin members of Congress and/or their staffers to discuss national issues important to orthopedic surgeons and our patients.  We discussed/advocated for three major issues:  Repealing IPAB from the ACA, lifting the restriction on building/expanding physician-owned hospitals, and medical liability reform.  A public service announcement on safe narcotic prescription programs was also voiced to our members of Congress.  We advocated for these issues with Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Mike Gallagher, Congressman Glenn Grothmann, and others representing our great state of Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress.  It was a very interesting time to be advocating on health care issues amidst the current developments in health care legislation moving through the House of Representatives.

In addition to Advocacy Day, the NOLC held multiple large group discussions/sessions on important issues such as residents as PAC members, diversity in orthopaedics, medical costs containment, cybersecurity, and the viability of state orthopaedic societies.

The NOLC was an eye-opening experience for us as residents and validated the importance of advocacy. As the wise Dr. Hackbarth once told me, “You’re either at the table, or on the table.”  It was a great experience to be at the table and advocate for these issues important to us as surgeons and to our patients.

 

The Wisconsin delegates who attended are from left to right:

Dr. Rory Wright, Dr. Ian English, Dr. Kenneth Berg, Dr. Reuben Lufrano, Erica White, Dr. Brian Law, Dr. Jon Henry, Dr. Eric Pifel, Dr. Donald Hackbarth, and Dr. David Kornreich.