IPOS Sponsors Surgical Simulation Competition

John M. Flynn, MD

The 2012 International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium (IPOS) held in Orlando, Fla., included a new orthopaedic surgical simulation contest. The inaugural “Top Gun” competition, developed and presented by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the AAOS, was a timed motor skills accuracy contest for IPOS attendees-in-training. The challenges were intended to test fundamental skills related to pediatric orthopaedics, to highlight POSNA’s commitment to surgical simulation, and to foster partnerships in simulation and surgical education.

The competition was the first of its kind held at a national or international orthopaedic meeting. The program structure was similar to surgical skills competitions held by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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