APPS/APPOS Combined Meeting

The academic program was in full effect. Jenn presented her research on Return to Sport Testing Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery in Adolescents. Justin followed her with his findings on Surgical Site Infections in Pediatric Spine Surgery. I finished with our Treatment Protocol in the Surgical Management of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. We were impressed with the lectures as they were similar to those at the POSNA program, but we were really impressed by most presenters giving their talks in their non-native language – as all lectures were in English. 

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Professor Kuo gave the Keynote Lecture “Life in Pediatric Orthopaedics” which was excellently stated and quite profound. His keys to a long career in Pediatric Orthopaedics: “Brains, Hands, & Heart”.

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We were invited to the Council Dinner in the evening where we met the APPOS Traveling Fellows from Singapore, Japan, & Pakistan as they had a concurrent tour of SE Asia as us. Among us at dinner were many of our hosts, 5 past APPOS Presidents as well as current APPOS President Professor Ashok Johari from India. Even some familiar faces were at dinner in Min Kocher and Don Bae from Boston Children’s.

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We are humbled every day by this opportunity. After dinner we reflected on the past 2 weeks. We realize that we are more similar to our Asian colleagues than we are different. We are blessed and fortunate to be able to participate in the care of children in one of the most rewarding professions imaginable. When I was a medical student, I asked a mentor what caused him to choose his particular discipline. His answer has stuck with me even after many years, “Marty, attend a meeting a look around the room. If you can spend the rest of your life with those around you, you are in the right room.” I am in awe of the people I get to meet, work with, and learn from and know that I have chosen the best path for me.
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