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Thursday, May 26

Observation with Dr. Yamaguchi

Me and Dr. Yamaguchi
Today I had the opportunity to spend a day in the operating room with Dr. Ken Yamaguchi at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  It is nice to learn how another surgeon approaches shoulder replacement and I learned quite a bit from him.  Every surgeon  approaches a particular case differently and often seeing things done a different way stimulates me to consider how I could make my surgical outcomes even better.  Medicine and shoulder surgery, like all fields, is constantly changing.  Being able to discuss cases with a surgeon who is at the cutting edge of his field was a pleasure.  My thanks.

Friday, May 20

Meaningful Use

Congratulations to our office staff for meeting meaningful use criteria.  "Meaningful use" means that we are meeting and exceeding government requirements to use an electronic medical record.  Most practices still use paper charts.  We are staying ahead of the curve as usual!

Thursday, May 19

Teaching for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

I'm preparing to leave for Chicago where I'll be a faculty instructor in shoulder surgery for the American Shoulder and Elbow Society.  I was invited by my mentor, Dr. Peter McCann, the chair of orthopedic surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Tuesday, May 17

Recycle City

Today our staff toured Recycle City in St. Peters, one of the only municipal recycling centers in the state.  A great opportrunity to see what our community is doing behind the scenes.  We also toured the Lear manufacturing facility in Wentzville.  I am impressed by what they have been doing with ergonomics to decrease workplace injuries.