From the Editor

Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of Resident Review – a publication designed to educate and inform residents about the field of pediatric orthopaedics. Contributors to this edition are all members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).     
In this edition, we focus on the spine. In addition to providing a questions and answers section on spine-related topics, we have also included a “Top Picks” annotated reference list. We realize that with so many articles out there, it’s hard to focus your reading. Sometimes you just want to know what the experts think is worth your while, so we’ve included some of our favorite references.  Hopefully, you’ll find the articles interesting and informative. 

Also in this edition, you will find Dr. Pooya Hosseinzadeh’s interview with Dr. Wudbhav Sankar about the fellowship accreditation process. Trying to find the perfect fellowship match can seem like a daunting process. Sifting through lists of programs only to find out that some are and others aren’t “accredited” can be very confusing. Hopefully, this piece will provide you with a better understanding of the process. The world of pediatric orthopaedics is constantly changing, and training needs to keep up with these changes.
To help provide some perspective on the field of pediatric orthopaedics, we have included Dr. Jamie Denning’s interview with Dr. Alvin Crawford, recipient of numerous honors including POSNA’s Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Diversity Award. Dr. Crawford has educated numerous students, residents, and fellows at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and his leadership and vision have been truly inspirational. 
Finally, the contributing members of Resident Review would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dr. Orrin Franko. Dr. Franko recently completed his residency at the University of California, San Diego. As a resident, he was a frequent contributor to Resident Review, hosting “Technology Corner” and keeping us up to date on lots of exciting apps which he still updates on the website Although he will be missed, we wish him well in his career and future endeavors.  
We truly hope that you find this review helpful and informative. In addition to the content presented here, we refer you to past editions available on the POSNA website where you can link to even more articles and study questions. Feel free to share any comments at kpierz@