2022 Post Annual Meeting Information

A message from Dr. Oetgen, CME, Awards, Evaluations, and more

We hope that those of you that attended the 2022 POSNA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, enjoyed the experience! It has certainly been a long 12 months since our re-emergence from COVID isolation with our in-person/hybrid Annual Meeting in Dallas last year. Early in the planning, leadership made the decision to continue with a full, live meeting in Vancouver. Despite a few ups and downs this year, we were fortunate to have our meeting proceed without too much disruption. To accommodate those unable to travel, we were able to live stream sessions and expand our reach for our POSNA membership. For those who attended in-person, I think we can all agree that the ability to get together in person, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and share ideas on the care of our patients is a vitally important yearly tradition that everyone is happy to have the opportunity to participate in again. In addition to providing much-needed reunions, the meeting provided cutting-edge educational material against the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Pacific Northwest coordinated by our local hosts, Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, and Firoz Miyanji, MD. 
I had the pleasure of chairing this year’s program and appreciate the guidance from the Program Committee: Woody Sankar, MD; Nick Fletcher, MD, and Tony Ricco, MD. Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, presided over the meeting and transferred the presidency of POSNA to Jeffrey Sawyer, MD, who gave us his vision of “Looking Forward: Lean and Mean,” for the upcoming year. 
The Pre-Course (Improving Patient Care through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), organized by Julie Samora MD, PhD, was fantastic. She and the faculty were able to present such an informative course on a wide-ranging but important topic that affects how we all provide care. A special thanks is due to Julie and the diverse faculty, many of whom were not POSNA members but made significant efforts to travel to Vancouver to participate and provide their unique insight and experience. 
For the general scientific program, 917 abstracts were submitted. We are grateful for the 100+ volunteer readers who participated in the grading process. This resulted in 170 podium presentations and 78 ePosters from 83 different institutions and 17 different countries. Pre-recorded content available online included video abstracts, ePosters, and symposia. I would like to offer a special thanks to all of the committees who contributed the six outstanding virtual symposia that are on the virtual meeting site. These symposia, with topics ranging from trauma to practice management, allow us to touch on a wide variety of topics that are important to the POSNA membership but which time constraints prevent us from offering in-person. The effort to record and submit these symposia is significant, but they add a great deal to the meeting. The virtual content will continue to be available through June 15, 2022, to all members who registered for this year’s Annual Meeting, by visiting the Annual Meeting virtual site (https://posna2022.can.chime.live/app/).
Subspecialty Day was held on Thursday morning this year. Nick Fletcher, MD, did a great job organizing this portion of the meeting along with all of the Subspecialty Day chairs and speakers. On Saturday morning, before the final portion of the general program, Unni Narayanan, MD, and Raymond Liu, MD, co-chaired a POSNA critical issue symposium on Defining Research Priorities for POSNA. This was a worthwhile discussion, furthering the theme from their virtual symposium that will help give guidance to POSNA’s future research agenda. 
The Steel Lecture was given by Suzanne Simard, PhD, a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and leader of The Mother Tree Project. Jack Flynn, MD, was the Presidential Guest Speaker. Award recipients included R. Baxter Willis, MD, who received the Distinguished Achievement Award; Edward Schwentker, MD, who accepted the Humanitarian Award for his long-standing international mission trip work; and Kevin Shea, MD, who received the Special Effort and Excellence Award for his work around Quality, Safety, and Value for POSNA. This year’s Annual Meeting Awards recipients are listed below.  
In addition to the many educational opportunities, Vancouver provided outstanding venues for dining, exercising, catching up with old friends, and making new ones. The closing reception was a memorable evening at the Vancouver Aquarium. As we left Vancouver to return home, Nick Fletcher, MD, and next year’s Program Committee were already working on creating another exciting program for POSNA 2023 in Nashville, TN.
Thank you to the POSNA staff for their amazing and tireless efforts for the organization and this meeting. Their professionalism, commitment, and expertise were incredible. I also would like to thank the POSNA leadership for their vision and perseverance in holding a truly international meeting event given all the challenges that continue worldwide.

See you in Music City, USA, next April!  


Matthew Oetgen, MD, MBA

  • Best Clinical Research Paper: Functional Bracing of Femur Fractures in Young Children Avoids Anesthesia and Spica Casting with Equivalent Outcomes: A Randomized Prospective Study - Lindsay Andras, MD; Vivian Chen; Julia Sanders, MD; David Skaggs, MD; Robert Kay, MD
  • Best Basic Science Paper: The Sex-Dependent Role of Myostatin Signaling in Contractures Following Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury - Marianne Emmert; Qingnian Goh; Kritton Shay-Winkler; Parul Aggarwal; Roger Cornwall, MD
  • Best ePoster: O.I. Wish Orthopaedic Surgeons Had Better Strategies To Help With . . . Results of a Patient and Parent-Based Survey - Maegen Wallace, MD; Jill Flanagan, MD; Jeanne Franzone, MD
  • Best Video Abstract: Tension Band Wiring Olecranon Process Fracture Using Polyethylene Sutures and Percutaneous Pins - Barbara Minkowitz, MD; Christine Ho, MD; Jennifer Ristic; Allie Davanzo
  • Hall of Fame honorees can be viewed here

  • New Members, Emeritus, and In Memoriam information can be viewed here

  • Certificates of attendance can be found on the CME tab through the link on the POSNA website here. AAOS members can claim CME through their transcript; however, please allow 6-8 weeks. Certificates are also posted to the Annual Meeting site here

RECORDED CONTENT - The only sessions available on the web based platform after the meeting ends from May 14, through June 15:
  • Pre-recorded content: Symposia Sessions, Video Abstracts, and ePosters
  • “Best of POSNA Sessions” from the Scientific Program, Pre-Course, Scientific Program (QSVI and Infections/Tumor), Opening Ceremony, Spine Subspecialty Day Session, Scientific Program Award Papers, Distinguished Achievement Award, Presidential Speaker, and Presidential Transfer, Spine Concurrent Session, POSNA Critical Issues Symposia: “What Would We Like to Know? Defining Research Priorities for POSNA”, Scientific Program (Trauma, Infections/Tumor, and Hip)

  • If you have not done so already, we ask that you provide feedback about the Annual Meeting through the evaluation link(s) below. Your input will assist us in planning future educational events. The deadline is Friday, July 1.

April 26-28, Nashville, TN
NEW FOR 2023: The program concludes on Friday, April 28.
Local Hosts: Gregory Mencio, MD; Jeffrey Martus, MD; Jonathan Schoenecker, MD, PhD