I was recently asked by a friend, who had a teenage child who is interested in becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, “what does it take to become an orthopaedic surgeon?”
In total, from the time one graduates from high school, it takes a minimum of 13 years of schooling/training to become an orthopaedic surgeon. That’s 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 5 years of residency training as a “junior” doctor and then if a subspecialty is desired, another 1-2 years of training. Orthopaedic surgeons can subspecialize in sports medicine (like I did), orthopaedic oncology, spine, adult reconstruction (that’s joint replacements), pediatric orthopaedics, foot/ankle reconstruction, shoulder/elbow, hand - to name a few.
Not all college graduates decide to go straight through to medical school, with some individuals taking time off to travel, obtain a graduate degree, work or perform research. Personally, I took a non-traditional path as I hadn’t...
What's in a name?
I came across a letter to the editor in the AAOS Now publication, the member publication for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons entitled, "Which is Correct: OrthopEdics or OrthopAEdics?" by Dr. Nikolaos Christodoulou of Athens.
"OrthopAEdics” and “OrthopEdics” are derived from orthopédie, coined by 17th -century French physician Nicholas Andry de Bois-Regard. The words are derived from the Greek word ὀρθός (orthos), which means “correct” or “straight”, and παιδίον (paidion), which means “child”. As the etymology implies, orthopédie referenced the practice as the treatment of childhood spine deformities. Today, orthopAEdics has grown to encompass a diverse array of treatments going well beyond the spine, treating all age groups.
Dr. Christodoulou argues that the "E" version is the spelling most used in modern electronic...