Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California hosted the inaugural PediOrtho WEST (Western Education & Surgical Techniques) Resident Education Course on October 5 and 6. The seminar brought together young doctors from throughout the West to introduce them to the dynamic field of pediatric orthopaedics.
The leading pediatric surgeons in the state, including distinguished doctors from Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis, Stanford University, UCSF/Children’s Hospital Oakland and Valley Children’s Hospital formed the faculty for this first-ever event. In addition to comprehensive lectures and presentations of specific topics by noted lecturers, participants were exposed to hands-on, individualized surgical simulations skills labs at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.
The two-day seminar was presented in cooperation with the OrthoPediatrics Foundation for Education and Research (OFER), a national organization dedicated to providing financial support for pediatric orthopaedic education and research. OFER’s generous travel and lodging funding enabled 30 residents to attend the program. Additional support was provided by Orthobullets, an online orthopaedic educational site.
“It was a highly successful program. We had a wonderful turnout, the faculty were so accomplished, and I believe we inspired many of our participants by exposing them early in their training to this exciting medical subspecialty,” said Jon Davids, M.D., the assistant chief of orthopaedic surgery at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Dr. Davids, who is also a clinical professor at UC Davis, was the host of the event. The executive committee that designed the intensive course included: Steven Frick, M.D., chief, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine; Joseph Girardi, D.O., medical director of pediatric orthopaedic surgery, Valley Children’s Healthcare; and Mohammed Diab, M.D., chair, pediatric orthopaedics, USCF School of Medicine.
Together with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for pediatric orthopaedics.