Behind the Book
The Orthopedist's Guide to
the Internet was an idea that came about during discussions of the
Working Group about how
best to conduct a teaching event at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, to be held
in March of 2000. The Working Group is composed of some of the members of ISOST who are
active in designing and conducting the work of ISOST: education events at various
meetings, on-line activities, organizing, etc. The Working Group discussion revolved around
various ways to meet the needs of orthopedists who will have widely varying levels of
expertise in the internet. Some may already have their own websites and want to learn how
to conduct interactive data gathering, while some may just want to know how to open their
e-mail. The Group decided that an on-line outline, from which the instructors could offer
different lessons, at varying levels of sophistication, would be best. We decided to have
cooperative teams write the various sections, and this led to naming each topic section
chief as the "Chapter Editor" and this led to calling our on-line teaching
outline a "book." The person who was organizing the teaching event at the AAOS
was the one driving the discussion, and because no one else wanted to take on the
responsibility for organizing the whole thing, got the job of "Editor-in-Chief"
by default. This is a brief introduction to the people who created the Guide.
David Nelson, MD
Editor for Chapter 1: Introduction and Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Own Website.
David in private practice
in San Francisco, limiting his practice to hand surgery. He has several websites. His
office website is at DavidLNelson.MD ; this one
contains his CV. He is also Webmaster for eRadius.com,
a site devoted to blind peer-reviews of distal radius fractures and other information of
interest to those who are treating distal radius fractures. He is on the Board of
Directors of ISOST.
Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
Chapter Editor for Chapter
2: Email, Chapter 3: Searching and Chapter 5: Imaging.
Myles is in general
orthopaedic practice in Kamloops, British Columbia. He found the Internet a most valuable
way to keep up with Orthopaedic Surgery and is fascinated by its potential. In addition to
being the creator and Webmaster of Orthopedic Web Links
(OWL), he is the editor of Orthogate, and the
Orthopaedic Rare Diseases Internet Database (ORCID). He is 2001 president of ISOST. See his personal
webpage for CV and BC scuba diving.
Charles Eaton, MD
Editor for Chapter 7: Discussion Forums.
Charlie is a community hand
and forearm surgeon practicing busily in his home town - beautiful West Palm Beach,
Florida (and as you can see from the picture he sent me, quite character!) He firmly
believes that internet-based collaboration is the immediate and inevitable foundation of
both surgical education and the long term evolution of the global core surgical knowledge
base. He is on the Board of Directors for ISOST, the
author and webmaster of e-Hand and Handworld. He is a founding member of Orthogate and ISOST,
originated the Hand surgery email forum Mailbase
and is active in several electronic education efforts of the American Society for Surgery
of the Hand. His practice web site is the Florida
Institute for Surgery of the Hand. Further personal information and curriculum
vitae are available.
Randale Sechrest, MD
several Additonal Reading articles.
Randale is an orthopedic
surgeon in Montana who now specializes in medical informatics. He is the owner of the
Medical Multimedia Group and the author of the Orthopedic Patient Education
Collection. He is a founding member of ISOST, on the Board of Directors, and a
principle guiding light for the organization. His column on the new internet-based
orthopedic world is regularly featured in Orthopedics Today. He has recently authored a
text, eMedicine: Healthcare in the Era of
the Networked Economy.
Editor for Chapter 6: Finding
Orthopedic Company Information
Lada is a consultant in the orthopedic device
industry. Her areas of expertise are product development engineering and strategic
marketing. She assists both early-stage and well-established companies in reaching their
target markets. Leda is a voting member of the ASTM
F-4 Committee. (Editor's Note: this is the Committee on Medical and Surgical Devices
Mel Heiman, MD
3: Searching, Section on Grateful Med
Dr. Heiman is a member of
ISOST and a native of Los Angeles, California. He has special interests in adult
reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery. Since moving to the Abingdon area in 1977, he has
become involved in several community organizations. You can check out his website.