Happy spring POSNA Members!
Your organization continues to grow, and we are continuing to focus on providing member benefits, aligned with the results of our membership surveys. We are focused on providing you with outstanding pediatric orthopedic educational opportunities, and thus are excited about the upcoming annual meeting in Charlotte. Recently we have signed contracts that will provide opportunities for growth of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium meeting in Orlando, which will be held at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios for the next five years. We also executed plans for our 2023 Annual Meeting to be held in Nashville, TN. Now we are planning for the 2024 combined meeting with the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS), with a coordinated effort looking at sites along the east coast for the 2nd EPOSNA Meeting. Thus, the lineup for upcoming POSNA Annual Meetings is Charlotte, San Diego, Dallas, Vancouver, Nashville, and EPOSNA 2. These meetings and venues will continue to produce the world's best pediatric orthopedic educational opportunities. Our board and staff are "farsighted" and have us positioned very well for the future.
The POSNA Board of Directors recently met in Las Vegas at the AAOS Annual Meeting, and reviewed a number of issues important to the long-term success of our organization. There were many pediatric orthopedic educational offerings at the AAOS, coordinated by POSNA leaders Drs. Ernie Sink, Susan Scherl, Eric Edmonds and Meghan Imrie, including:
- Papers and Posters - 98 presentations, 481 submissions
- Scientific Exhibits- 3
- Ortho Video Theater - 5 ICLs- 21
- Symposia - 2
We are continuing with work focusing on promoting member wellness, and our 2019 Annual Meeting Pre-Course on May 15 will cover this in detail. I hope that you will review the agenda for Pre-Course and the Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina from May 15-18, and make plans to attend if you have not already. The Howard Steel Lecture will be presented by Aric Almirola
, a top 10 NASCAR driver. He will discuss how the world's best race car drivers work with their team to optimize driver wellness and performance. My Presidential Guest Speaker will be former POSNA President Peter Waters, MD
who will share his thoughts on critical issues related to our profession. We will also recognize outstanding members, including presenting the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award to Perry Schoenecker, MD
and Humanitarian Award to Richard Gross, MD
, and we are excited to announce the inaugural class of the POSNA Hall of Fame during the opening ceremonies in Charlotte. Our program chair Michelle Caird, MD
has an outstanding scientific program prepared, and I hope to see all of you in the Queen City of North Carolina next month.
Best wishes for a great spring season.
Steven Frick, MD