|Letter from New Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC) Resident Fellow, Jacob G. Calcei, MD |
I am honored and excited to introduce myself as the new Orthopaedic PAC Resident Fellow. First, I would like to congratulate and thank Chad A. Krueger, MD for his service as the prior Orthopaedic PAC Resident Fellow. Working alongside Stacie Monroe and the members of the Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C., Chad significantly increased resident awareness of and participation in the Orthopaedic PAC. Over the past two years, under Chad’s leadership, the annual resident participation in the PAC has increased from 85 residents in 2014 to 330 in 2016, including 6 programs that reached 100% resident participation last year. Chad has started great momentum and I hope to be able to continue his work.
Briefly, I am the oldest of four boys in a sports and science family from Northeast Ohio. My parents are both public school teachers and fostered our interest in science, love for sports, and dedication for caring for others, which, for me, turned into a passion for orthopaedic sports medicine. I attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where I majored in biology and was a captain on the baseball team. I then came to New York City for medical school at NYU School of Medicine and married my amazing wife, Shanna. I am currently in my 4th year of residency at Hospital for Special Surgery and plan to apply for a fellowship in sports medicine.
My passion for health care policy stems from a summer in college, when I lived in Washington D.C. working as a summer research fellow at the National Cancer Institute. It was there, in D.C., surrounded by the world’s political leaders and great scientific minds, where I only began to see the intricate relationship between policy and the distribution of health care resources (clinical, educational, and research). As a medical student rotating at the Manhattan VA Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and NYU Medical Center, I interacted with patients from all backgrounds, each with their own amazing story, and experienced how policies at the state and national levels influence the varying levels of access to health care and the complexities of our health care system. I furthered my interest in health policy as a resident through the Resident Assembly Health Policy Committee. Now, as the AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Resident Fellow, I have the opportunity to share my passion with others and raise awareness about policies and decisions that will impact our everyday lives as physicians and engaged citizens.
With the ever changing political climate and the increasing impact that health care has on our country, now more than ever, physicians and residents need to be more involved and engaged in advocacy and policy. If we are educated and active, meaningful changes can be made that affect and protect us, as well as our patients, colleagues, and future trainees. The PAC is hard at work in D.C. and the Office of Government Relations works countless hours combing through every proposed bill, amendment, and order to protect the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and our patients.
I am looking forward to the years ahead and the impact that we, as orthopaedic surgeons, can make on The Hill and around the country. I want every resident to feel they have a voice and their opinion matters. Can you take just a few minutes to complete our PAC resident survey? I serve as our voice on the PAC Executive Committee, and I want to hear from you. I hope to get the chance to meet many of you. If you are interested in getting more involved in the PAC, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to me or Stacie Monroe anytime with questions or concerns. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Jacob G. Calcei, MD
Resident Fellow, the Orthopaedic PAC
PGY4 Orthopaedic Surgery Resident from Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY