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Disaster Response Course helps build special skill set

In their regular practice, orthopaedic surgeons don’t usually see vascular injuries, compartment syndrome, and burns, but these are precisely the kinds of injuries frequently sustained during disasters. They’re also among the conditions addressed during the Disaster Response Course (DRC), developed by the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS) and cosponsored by the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

“We are thrilled to have POSNA as a cosponsor of the 2013 DRC,” said Col. Tad Gerlinger, MD, course director. “Pediatric considerations are critical in any kind of disaster situation, and the insight that our partners at POSNA bring to these special issues is critical.”

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