Going Astray (from Shoulder and Elbow Therapy)
Jackins SE


I have added a new passion to the one I already have for shoulder and elbow therapy. My purpose would be to share information related to the impact 4 generations has on the workplace and how this can affect our dealings with our surgical colleagues, patients, therapist peers and other co-workers, and people we may supervise or be supervised by. I became so fascinated by this information that I took training to become a trainer in this area. There’s no group of people I hold dearer than the ASSET group. This knowledge has had such a positive impact on my work life, in particular, that I’m hopeful it would be helpful to others in ASSET, too.


 I am requesting to do this at a time, during a catered lunch or dinner, or even breakfast, when I could have about 45 minutes. Since it isn’t directly about our work/research on shoulder and elbows, I wouldn’t want to take away from research, educational, or case presentation time.

Summary of Use

This information has the potential to be helpful in working with patients of a variety of generations, as well as with colleagues and co-workers – like we all do every day. The information helps clarify generational differences and give helpful understanding as to the whys of those differences. For others I’ve presented this information to, as well as for myself, it’s been  easier to do some of the harder parts of our jobs.


We are all constantly interacting with other people. With people working longer and patients living longer, we now have 4 generations working together in the workplace, each of which is unique and with many positive attributes. It is important to understand our differences and value what those bring to the group and the interaction. In working with patients of the 4 generations, it is vital to know how best to communicate with each to have the most helpful impact.