Letter from the Editors-In-Chief
Conrad Wang, MD / Brandon E. Earp, MD

It is with great pleasure that we present you with this year's issue of the Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. Now in its sixth year, the Journal has continued to evolve and improve, and we are proud to present it as a synopsis of the myriad new and exciting clinical and research activities within the Harvard orthopaedic community. Brandon and I have been honored to work on the Journal this year as co-Editors, a fortuitous work-sharing circumstance brought about by the transition of our residency back to a five-year program.

The Journal represents the culmination of the efforts of many people. We would like to thank our manuscript contributors, our hard-working publisher, our fellow resident editors Raj Ahluwalia, Jen Graham and George Dyer, and our faculty advisors on the Executive Committee. We would be remiss in not also recognizing the tireless efforts of Diane Sheehan in serving as the central controller of our production process.

As always, we are indebted to our industry supporters, whose generous support in the form of advertisements contained herein is critical to our ongoing efforts to produce a top quality academic journal. Furthermore, we would also like to give special thanks to the alumni of our program who provided financial support to the Journal this year. Your donations are a welcome vote of confidence in our efforts! We also hope that we will continue to hear from you in our yearly call for Alumni Notes, as former and current residents/fellows alike enjoy the sense of community the Journal helps to support.

The resident editorial board has chosen to dedicate this year's Journal to Dr. Herndon. Dr. Herndon's accomplishments on the national stage are impressive, and we have asked Dr. Richard Gelberman to share his thoughts about Dr. Herndon's illustrious career to date. However, we would like to offer a complementary perspective: As residents, we owe him a special debt of gratitude, as we have benefited tremendously from his efforts to streamline, evolve and improve our residency over the last five years, efforts that have always had an unyielding focus on the quality of our education in orthopaedic surgery.

Changes that residents may perhaps now take for granted were groundbreaking when Dr. Herndon introduced them. Our Core Curriculum has given residents a uniquely valuable forum every Wednesday for three hours, during which time residents are excused from clinical responsibilities, to learn from both "home-team" and visiting faculty. Dr. Herndon also has constantly championed our interests, reorganizing our rotations by subspecialty and adding or subtracting rotations with our best, educational interests in mind. Speaking for the residents, we would like to offer a heartfelt "thank you" to Dr. Herndon for all that he has done for us, and for his continuing guidance of our program as our residency Program Director.

We hope that you enjoy this year's Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School, and we thank you for your continued readership and support!

Sincerely,

Conrad Wang, MD
Brandon E. Earp, MD
 

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