Dr. Joseph Tauro raises the standard for teaching Advanced Orthopedic Surgery

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The Toms River, NJ-based orthopedic surgeon helps surgeons master new techniques through proficiency-based training.

Dr. Tauro with Professor Alex Castagnia form Milan, Italy demonstrating arthroscopic surgical techniques at a shoulder laboratory in Largo, Florida.

Proficiency based training has proven to be more effective in helping surgeons master new techniques.

This month, Dr. Joseph C. Tauro, MD, Director of Ocean County Sports Medicine in Toms River, NJ, is continuing to improve advanced arthroscopic surgical training at the new learning center for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) in Chicago.

The Copernicus Project, named for the mathematician and astronomer who modeled the universe, will raise the standard for teaching advanced orthopedic surgery. The project, which is entering its fifth year, will establish a proficiency-based model of criteria for doctors to achieve before receiving advanced course certifications.

Dr. Tauro, alongside a team of world-renowned orthopedic surgeons, are devising a model of criteria that will differentiate between a novice and expert orthopedic surgeon, as well as establishing inter-related reliability for evaluators.

“Proficiency based training has proven to be more effective in helping surgeons master new techniques,” said Dr. Tauro. “We hope to gradually institute this type of training for many procedures in the future.”

About Dr. Joseph C. Tauro, MD

Dr. Joseph C. Tauro, MD has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally to teach advanced surgical techniques to other doctors. He is a member of the Learning Center Committee, and chairs the Technology Committee at AANA, a national organization for the advancement of orthopedic surgery in the United States.

Dr. Tauro currently leads Ocean County Sports Medicine, a comprehensive, regional orthopedic practice in Toms River, NJ. He is also an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. To learn more about Dr. Tauro, visit oceancountysportsmedicine.com.

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