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Virtual Symposium: Establishing Professionalism as a Priority: Orthopaedic Surgery and the Cultural Movement to Create Safe Work Environments

Webinar Recording Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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Session Information

Moderator:  Vasilios Moutzouros, MD, FAOA – Henry Ford Hospital


  • Eric W. Carson, MD, FAOA – Washington University – St. Louis
  • Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, FACS, FAOA – Greenville Hospital System
  • Leesa M. Galatz, MD, FAOA – Mount Sinai Hospital 
  1. Describe the progression of cultural change in the professional world regarding work-place behaviors.
  2. What are the current threats to a safe work environment and how do we create a culture of professionalism in orthopaedic surgery?
  3. What are the potential ‘Minefields’ we need to identify to prevent inappropriate behavior?
  4. How do we approach incidents of reported harassment and poor behavior in an orthopaedic department?
  5. As a specialty, how do we take the lead to hold our staff members to the highest level of professional standards?

The moderator and speakers will provide an overview on the recent movements in work-place behavior. In the current Me-Too Movement era, how do we as a specialty take the lead on a zero-tolerance culture for abusive and intimidating behaviors? The goal of this symposium is to review conduct that may have been overlooked in the past and relate it to today’s public discourse. The sessions will include recommendations on how to handle these incidents as leaders and create a culture of safety. There will also be an open discussion on the ability for orthopaedic surgery to take the lead on professionalism and inclusion.