Meeting sparks business platform for health care professionals, industry
In this month’s column, we interview Gary M. Gartsman, MD. In addition to his work as an arthroscopic shoulder surgeon, Dr. Gartsman recently started G9MD.net, a web-based platform to bring shoulder-related education to students at all levels around the world.
Matthew DiPaola, MD; and Orrin I. Franko, MD
Matthew DiPaola, MD; and Orrin I. Franko, MD: Tell us how you decided to start your website G9MD.net? What is it?
Gary M. Gartsman, MD: I thought about founding G9MD.net at the 2009 Annecy meeting that
Orrin I. Franko
My partner and G9MD.net co-founder Justin Anderson had a similar idea at the same meeting. His background is in the medical device industry, and he was concerned about the money his company was spending to have a display booth at medical meetings without a significant return on their investment. Why not film company representatives or surgeon developers demonstrating their products, put it on the Internet and let surgeons review the information at their convenience?
Our concerns overlapped in the area of communication between the medical device industry and orthopedic surgeons. As we go into an uncertain future for health care, we need more interaction as surgeons are the customers and industry develops the products that we need.
DiPaola and Franko: You are a surgeon by training. What new skills did you have to learn to take on this venture?
DiPaola and Franko: Speak, in general, about how you see online education changing the paradigm for surgical education.
DiPaola and Franko: What are three of your top mobile apps and how do you use them?
Gartsman: Captio to send myself emails and use my inbox as my reminder and to-do list. With Captio, I open the app, type the note and hit send. No more searching for my name. Dropbox to access to all my files that I need access to from any mobile device. I no longer have to worry about which version of an article is the most recent. This also solves a lot of back-up worries as this is secure cloud storage, and Evernote, which is an easy way to clip articles of interest from my browser.
For more information:
Orrin I. Franko, MD, is a PGY4 orthopedic resident at UC San Diego. He has an interest in promoting mobile technology within orthopedic surgery and founded the website www.TopOrthoApps.com to help surgeons and trainees find the most relevant orthopedic apps for their mobile devices. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Gary M. Gartsman, MD, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosures: DiPaola and Franko have no relevant financial disclosures. Gartsman is founder and owner of G9MD.net.