Western Slope Study Group WSSG
The Western Slope Study Group (WSSG) was founded in 1997 as a multidisciplinary not-for-profit corporation dedicated to musculoskeletal education and research. . WSSG's activities have historically emphasized orthopaedics due to the fact that the founder and director, Michael Dohm, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon. . The group’s educational offerings have attracted participation from physician interns, nurses, orthopaedic technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, family physicians, massage therapists, and orthopaedic surgeons, both M.D. and D.O., among others. . The Western Slope Study Group has been involved in community education, Family Medicine Residency education, outcomes data collection and analysis, and the teaching of evidence based practice. . We have worked on fostering a collaborative, collegian environment to serve as a forum for discussion and understanding of best practice in the care of our patients. . The Western Slope Study Group's vision is to enhance, foster, and engender critical thinking in musculoskeletal medicine in a collegian, collaborative, and cooperative fashion so as to promote best practice patterns of patient care through communication, education and enlightenment. . WSSG sponsors medical journal reviews, know as Journal Clubs that provide educational forums for healthcare practitioners to help them understand evidence‑based medicine and determine best practice. . Journal clubs, study groups, patient registries and outcome analysis diminish practitioner uncertainty in areas with a wide variance of treatments. .