From the Editor

Winter is finally winding down and spring is just around the corner.  With the change of season, it’s time for new growth and fresh new ideas.  Here at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), we realize that education and training are constantly changing.  Published twice each year, Resident Review strives to keep residents and fellows informed of such changes within the field pediatric orthopaedics.  In this issue, Dr. Robert Carrigan’s interview with POSNA’s past president Dr. John (Jack) Flynn, and Dr. Pooya Hosseinzadeh’s interview with Drs. Ernest Sink, Young Jo Kim, and Mininder Kocher highlight the trend for sub-specialization that is occurring in fellowship training.  Pediatric orthopaedics still appeals to many because of the variety of conditions that one encounters, yet others are equally excited about focusing their efforts to become experts in specialty areas.  If cutting edge technology excites you, you will find Dr. Kevin Neal’s interview with Dr. Randal Betz particularly interesting.  In this article, Dr. Betz describes novel vertebral body tethering surgery – a technique that is currently only being done in a limited number of centers but sparking interest all over.        
Although advances in technology can be exciting, keeping up with all of the changes can be overwhelming.  Fortunately, we are lucky to have Dr. Orrin Franko’s Technology Corner to help us make sense of all of the latest gadgets and apps.  Dr. Franko’s semi-annual column offers practical information to tech users of all levels.  This edition of Resident Review also offers a new column called Top Picks.  In this column, the contributors have selected articles from the past year that they found particularly interesting.  Whether it’s for the quality of the research, the novelty of the topic, or the unique perspective on an idea, we hope that you will enjoy these articles as much as we did.   Maybe you’ll be inspired to  get involved in a research project of your own.

Finally, no issue of Resident Review would be complete without some questions to help you test your knowledge studying for your in-training exam, the boards, or the maintenance of certification (MOC), it’s always a good idea to do practice questions.  Quiz yourself and your colleagues.  We hope you have some fun learning and that you find the questions both interesting and challenging.

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