to say the least. My father went to a Jesuit law school. Due to the
great support he experienced there, he felt very strongly that I should
attend a `good Jesuit school'. I took his advice and I am very glad of it.
THE ROLE OF TEACHER HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT
ONE THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. HOW DOES IT ALIGN
WITH YOUR OTHER ROLES AS SURGEON, CLINICIAN AND
There is that George Bernard Shaw quote "Those who can,
do; those who can't, teach." As an orthopaedic trauma surgeon and
academician, that quote has always really bothered me. To a great
degree, orthopaedic surgery is an apprenticeship. Who is better to
serve as the teacher than the accomplished surgeon and clinician?
Furthermore, I believe that teaching surgery requires a certain clinical
confidence that can only be derived from excellence and experience.
For this reason, I make every effort to ensure that each and every one
of my faculty is, first and foremost, an accomplished surgeon. This
is a two-way street. The effort and time one expends in teaching is
rewarded in many ways. Not only do the trainees keep you on your
toes with their questions and academic demands, but their successes
are also your successes.
Recently, we began an annual programme wherein we send a
senior level trainee to Malawi for a one month externship under
the umbrella of Orthopaedics Overseas. Dr Richard Kemme,
a Saint Louis University School of Medicine alumnus, helped
develop Orthopaedics Overseas, a branch of Health Volunteers
Overseas that sends healthcare volunteers to developing countries
to educate local healthcare workers and to treat patients.
Orthopaedics Overseas today provides 90 per cent of Malawi's
orthopaedic care. This externship was made possible through
support from Dr Kemme and the Graduate Medical Education
Department at Saint Louis University. The world needs good
orthopaedic surgeons. I am proud to be part of the process that
DR BERTON R. MOED, MD
Dr Berton Moed and Professor Patrick J Broe, President, RCSI.