The 9th Annual International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium (IPOS) takes place Nov. 28–Dec. 1, 2012, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida.
“IPOS has become a premier educational event in the area of pediatric orthopaedics,” explains Peter O. Newton, MD, president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), which cosponsors the event with the AAOS. “It offers a wide array of content spanning the entire field.”
The 4-day program involves 70 faculty, including 10 international specialists, and is expected to attract more than 300 participants from the United States and around the world. The advisory board, led by John M. (Jack) Flynn, MD, has selected a number of topics for special focus this year, including the following:
- limb deformity and reconstruction
- complex hip disorders
- pediatric sports medicine
- advances in spine challenges
- on call challenges
IPOS has a full schedule, with up to five breakout sessions offered at any given time. Concurrent sessions, master’s technique sessions, and traditional lectures are among the variety of teaching methods employed.
As in the past, IPOS provides a forum for resident attendees. Widely reputed as one of the go-to meetings for residents, IPOS will again offer “Career Planning and Professional Development for Orthopaedic Residents and Fellows,” led by Brian G. Smith, MD. This session discusses issues facing residents and new fellows, including “How to Make the Most of your Fellowship” and “How to Find your First Job.”
Residents and fellows also have the opportunity to participate in a newly created surgical simulation program. Led by Donald S. Bae, MD, this program offers multiple stations for attendees to practice and get scored in exercises simulating common surgical tasks, including cast application, pin placement, arthroscopic knot-tying, and pedicle screw placement.
Attendees can enrich their educational experience and maximize their interaction with faculty through a variety of new electronic capabilities at the course. The new “IPOS On the Go” app for mobile devices gives participants tools to navigate the meeting, build a personal schedule, contact faculty members, and complete course evaluations. Each main session includes a dedicated eModerator, allowing attendees to email their questions to the podium for a real time response during the session. Dedicated blogs run by faculty “content experts” will handle questions throughout the meeting. Additionally, the 2012 IPOS meeting is the first Academy course to offer an exclusively electronic syllabus.
Whether you are a pediatric specialist, a general orthopaedist, a resident, or an allied health provider, IPOS 2012 offers you updates on treatments and issues to help you meet the diagnostic, procedural, and management challenges presented by your pediatric patients. For more information on IPOS, visit www.aaos.org/ipos
Michael G. Vitale, MD, is codirector of IPOS 2012 and serves on the IPOS advisory board. Questions regarding IPOS can be emailed to email@example.com