Orthopaedic Learning Center will
provide physicians with
access to detailed information based on the science of medicine at all
Goal in establishing the Orthopaedic Learning Center (O.L.C.)
The Orthopaedic Learning Center will include an
orthopaedic library, available at all hours, with up-to-date textbooks (paper,
CD-ROM, and online), journals, and additional science based educational
materials for the resident physicians training to become Orthopaedic Surgeons
here at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare Center.
The library will expand to include audiotapes, video recordings, surgical
simulators, and computer-based interactive educational programs when the budget
permits. Original materials will developed, and will be distributed to other
programs training resident physicians in orthopaedic surgery.
In it's initial phase the O.L.C. will provide rapid access
to information for physicians encountering new, puzzling, or critical patient
problems. A basic library of major
orthopaedic texts and journals will be available around the clock. When a
physician in training is on-call and in the hospital after hours there can be
unavoidable periods of time spent waiting.
The after hours availability of a library and learning center would
provide an opportunity to use that time productively.
Improving the availability of accurate science based
educational materials and improving the training of resident physicians can be
anticipated to have the immediate effect of improving the health care of the
veterans who are patients at the Veterans Administration West Los Angeles
Healthcare Center. After their
training, these physicians will practice in the community.
There will therefore be a longer-term benefit of improving the quality of
available medical orthopaedic surgical care.
The currently available materials are adequate, and equivalent to what is
available generally in equivalent training programs.
Establishing an Orthopaedic Learning Center, however, would allow
us to surpass what is merely adequate and provide a more optimal learning
environment for the physicians that we are training here.
If you have questions about this project, or are interested in assisting the funding of it, please contact:
Steven L. Zeitzew, M.D., Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery, Founder, Orthopaedic Learning Center
Send mail to Steven.Zeitzew@med.VA.gov with questions or
comments about this web site.