We would like to recognize our Arthroplasty Product Manager, Matt Schneider, for recently having his anatomical technique illustrations published in two major peer-reviewed orthopedic journals…
Tuberosity Repair in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Fracture Using a Stem-Based Double-Row Repair: A Cadaveric Biomechanical Study1
Subscapularis Repair During Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Using a Stem-Based Double-Row Repair2
(See below for full citations of each)
Illustrations (left to right): The greater and lesser tuberosities prepared with sutures, the prepared humeral implant for tuberosity repair, and the final construct with humeral stem implanted and tuberosities repaired.
Illustrations showing double-row repair of subscapularis tendon.
These illustrations are truly extraordinary, so we followed up with Matt on his talents…
How did you teach yourself to draw so well? How does it help you in your role?
I have always been a visual learner. I like to sketch things out to get a better understanding. Drawing has always been something that comes relatively easy to me. For example, with any home improvement project, I will first sketch it out to scale with graph paper, and sometimes even draw it out three-dimensionally to have the best understanding of what it might look like when it’s completed.
When I am with the team discussing concepts and theories of procedures, I always have a pen and some paper to drive home what I am trying to explain. The fracture technique drawing that I created was originally just a quick illustration that was meant to be a custom ‘technique guide’ for our reference in the field. Nothing previously existed to help visualize what was happening with the suturing technique, so by drawing it, we could all better understand the procedure. I think it helps especially if you are a visual learner.
Is drawing a hobby of yours?
Drawing is certainly not a hobby. I simply draw when I am trying to better understand or visualize something that I can only see in my head. I have also been forced over the years to draw ‘coloring pages’ for my kids. When they were younger, they always wanted to color something that I drew instead of their coloring books.
What excites you most about our Arthroplasty Products?
The speed at which our Shoulder Arthroplasty platform is advancing is what excites me the most. The focus on innovation is constant and we continue to have the latest and best technologies to offer to our surgeons.
“I can say with full confidence that no other representative has had as much involvement and exposure to our platform advancements in real-time as our very own valued resource, Matt Schneider. He was integral in helping the designing surgeons optimize our unique soft tissue techniques from the earliest stages of development. Before technique guides existed, Matt took it upon himself to create his own, and the results are extraordinary.” - Zac Price, Director of Sales & Development
Matt has been exceeding our surgeons’ expectations at Rock since 2007, and we are grateful to have him on our team!
1Erickson, Brandon J. MD; Shishani, Yousef MD; Bishop, Meghan E. MD; Romeo, Anthony A. MD; Lederman, Evan MD; Gobezie, Reuben MD Tuberosity Repair in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Fracture Using a Stem-based Double-row Repair, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: March 18, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-19-00667
2Erickson BJ, Shishani Y, Bishop ME, Patel M, Jones S, Romeo AA, Lederman ES, Gobezie R. Subscapularis Repair During Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Using a Stem-Based Double-Row Repair: Sonographic and Clinical Outcomes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Mar 9;8(3):2325967120906806. doi: 10.1177/2325967120906806. PMID: 32215277; PMCID: PMC7065284.
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Surgeons: Contact your Rock Medical Representative to learn more about how you can be added to AnkleSprain.com.
We are excited to share that Rock Medical has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Plain Dealer! The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous poll uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
Below are some highlights from our survey. All responses come directly from our team.
What impresses you most about the values of Rock Medical?
All of Rock’s employees genuinely believe in helping their surgeons treat their patients better. Our work is never about money, and always what is best for the surgeon and the patient outcome. It makes us valuable in the room. It makes us respected in the room. It is the core of our agency, and it’s displayed every day.
What contributes most to you wanting to stay with Rock Medical?
The people I work with. My team is great and I genuinely feel that they want me to do well as a representative.
What do you like about the direction Rock Medical is going?
Rock has not stopped growing and succeeding since I began working here and the potential for further growth is incredible. I am very excited to be a part of Rock and the bright future the company has.
I love my job because…
- It pushes me out of my comfort zone and asks me to be a forward thinker. I get the pleasure of working with a variety of intelligent and creative Rock team members and surgeons.
- I work for a great company, I have great teammates, I sell great products, and hard work is rewarded.
- I get to work with and help surgeons while also having a schedule that allows a great work/personal life balance.
- I get to work side by side with fantastic surgeons each day and my team consistently works hard to meet our mission of helping those surgeons treat their patients better.
- Our products are used to help treat professional athletes, members of our community and even our own loved ones, and behind the scenes, our team makes it all happen. It’s hard to imagine a career more challenging or gratifying!
You can view the full list of winners and our Top Workplace profile here.
Thank you again to our employees for making Rock Medical a great place to work!
Arthrex has temporarily substituted cadaveric surgical skills wet lab education with live virtual medical education presentations in which state-of-the-art digital media technology remotely delivers the most up-to-date information on less invasive orthopedic surgery and orthobiologics to surgeons around the world.
Click here to view the schedule for Arthrex virtual events.
Arthrex is demonstrating its core value of Making People Better through the manufacturing and donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers taking care of patients with the COVID-19 virus.
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The top 12 videos, determined by total number of views among health care providers, represent the most popular surgical techniques, presentations and demonstrations over the past year. Here is the list of the most-watched videos during 2019:
To view all of the “What’s New” videos, visit the Arthrex website.
From Arthrex Communications (9/24/19):
Congratulations to Cleveland, Ohio-based Rock Medical, which was named the 2019 Arthrex Agency of the Year at the Academy of Arthrex Technology Consultants (AATC) Awards Celebration event at the Gaylord Rockies Resort.
“This means the world,” said Agency Principal Tom Ramsay. “This is our 19th year and we have just had a fabulous year. I’m just in awe.”
Rock Medical was one of eight agencies nominated for the Agency of the Year award. Other regional nominees were: Crossroads Orthopedics, Gemini Mountain Medical, Gentleman Orthopedics, MVP Orthopedics, Prodigy Surgical, Summit Surgical and Titan Surgical.
Mid-Atlantic Senior Regional Manager Bart Kayser said Rock Medical has a commitment to professionalism and excellence that is unparalleled.
“It’s the personnel out in the field who are important to what we do. They help fulfill the mission of Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients Better™,” he said. “Tom has sent a clear message to his team, redesigning his office so it feels like Arthrex, focusing on education, and they live it 365 days a year.”
Tom said Arthrex’s mission to help surgeons treat their patients better is what inspires Rock Medical’s team daily.
“Our team puts their teammates before themselves. This group works every single day with each other, to have each other’s backs in an effort to put surgeons at the center of our world.”
As one of the agencies with the most growth in Fiscal Year 2019, Tom said the team had a strategy this year, which included moving into a new office that works to replicate some of the educational experience surgeons receive when they come to Arthrex global headquarters on an agency level.
“We tripled the amount of surgeon visitors to our lab,” he said.
Rock Medical was also one of five agencies that achieved the most growth in Fiscal Year 2019, finishing with 23.3 percent growth.
We are excited to share that Chris Gorta was named Mid-Atlantic Region Imaging & Resection Manger of the Year at the Academy of Arthrex Technology Consultants (AATC). The Awards Celebration was at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 14.
“It was a great weekend capped off by an unbelievable achievement for myself and Rock Medical! I couldn’t have done it without the entire team!” said Chris.
Chris has been a member of the Rock Medical team since 2012.
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