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Dr. Baker has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) since 1995, the premier medical organization for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.


The academy recently began a new endeavor to guide treatment for musculoskeletal conditions by developing Appropriate Use Criteria (or AUC's). The academy, whose members include surgeons like Dr. Baker who actually treat orthopedic disorders, believes that guidelines about treatment and when that treatment should be used should be developed by physicians who treat the conditions and not by insurance company executives or Washington beaurocrats who have other things to worry about.


Appropriate Use Criteria.

In the August 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, two articles discuss an appropriate use criteria for broken bones at the end of the forearm near the wrist (distal radius and ulna fractures). Guidelines, which help doctors determine what treatments are effective have been developed years ago. Now organizations like the AAOS are developing information to help doctors know when to use those treatments (that is, on what particular types of conditions).


Evidence-based medicine

Of course, doctors have had advice from experts since Hippocrates on how to practice medicine. What is different in the last few years is that doctors are now selecting treatments that have been proven by scientific method to work (that is, carefully conducted high-quality studies without bias or outside influence) to find out what actually works rather than relying upon the opinion of so-called "experts". Doctors have found that even experienced and world-renowned "experts" can be wrong about treatment advice. Now the emphasis is on what actually happens, or evidence-based medicine, rather than opinion-based medicine. Surprisingly, most of medicine in the past was opinion-based.


What does this mean to you?.

Dr. Baker believes in practicing evidence-based medicine and continues to integrate these practices into his care. That is why he is able to maintain high marks in on his re-certification exams.