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PediOrtho WEST

Shriners Children’s Northern California Hosts the Annual PediOrtho WEST Resident Education Course for Orthopedic Surgery Residents

This dynamic course is led by pediatric orthopedic surgeons from California’s leading children’s hospitals. Residents receive training in a variety of pediatric orthopedic surgical techniques through case-based learning and hands-on skills labs.

The target audience is PGY2 and PGY3 residents, but residents at all levels can benefit from the course.

Enrollment is limited to 30 residents to allow a faculty to resident ratio of nearly 1:2. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Thanks to FAP Ortho’s generous support, the course, food and lodging is offered at no cost to participants.

Please visit our Events page to see currently scheduled educational opportunities.

The course is led by pediatric orthopedic surgeons from:

  • Shriners Children’s Northern California
  • University of California, Davis
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and Oakland
  • Stanford University
  • Valley Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital LA
  • Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center


PediOrtho WEST has attracted orthopedic surgery residents from the following programs since 2018:

Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA University of California, Davis
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Portland, OR University of California, Los Angeles
LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA University of California, San Diego
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA University of California, San Francisco
Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Las Cruces, NM University of Arizona, Tucson
Oregon Health Science University, Portland, OR University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Shriners Children’s Portland University of Washington, Seattle
San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, CA
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA Valley Orthopedic, Modesto, CA

Program Directors

Jon Davids

Jon R. Davids, M.D.

  • Assistant Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Shriners Children's Northern California
  • Professor of Orthopedics, University of California, Davis

Vedant Kulkarni

Vedant A. Kulkarni, M.D.

  • Director of Orthopedic Education, Shriners Children's Northern California
  • Program Director, Shriners-UC Davis Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

PediOrtho West Resident Education Course 2024

Shriners Children's Northern California proudly hosted 29 orthopedic residents from five states between their first and third post-graduate year of studies at the 2024 Pediatric Orthopedic Western Education and Surgical Techniques Resident Education Course (PediOrtho WEST).
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[Title Card] Shriners Children’s Northern California logo.

Speaker 1, Vedant Kulkarni, M.D., Co-Director, PediOrtho West Resident Education Course, Shriners Children’s Northern California:

Today we're at PediOrtho West, a dynamic course that's designed for orthopedic surgery residents between their first and third years. It involves both skills labs, as well as case-based content.

[Sign at Event] Welcome to PediOrtho West 2024.

Speaker 2, Jon R. Davids, M.D., Co-Director, PediOrtho West Resident Education Course, Shriners Children’s Northern California:

This course is special. The course is designed to expose orthopedic residents early in their training to the field of pediatric orthopedics.

Speaker 3, Patrick Curran, M.D., Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego:

I think that this course is very unique in that there is a very close, almost one-to-one ratio of staff. A tremendous amount of experience to trainees, and so it allows for a very interactive, engaging, both case discussion and also within the skills lab for us to spend time close together and work through some of the problems.

Speaker 4, Kristin Toy, M.D., 3rd Year Resident, Samaritan Health Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program:

I think getting to go through cases, it's a full classroom experience. So I think being able to really get challenged and the attending is asking us questions and really pushing our knowledge and getting us to think, I think has been really great.

Then with the simulation, then going in and working with saw bones and casting and definitely come. It's a lot of fun, really educational and makes me more interested and excited for peds.

Speaker 5, Ian Singleton, M.D., 3rd Year Resident, San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program:

This course is ideal for me and other residents because it allows for a level of preparation, both for our procedures that we'll see in the hospital, but also for the OID. The materials covered here, it gives you a broad base in peds and the lecture portions cover materials that you may see commonly tested in the OID. Meanwhile, the hands-on skills section allows me to get the feeling and training of what I'll see in the OR to come.

Speaker 6, Caroline Eaton, Executive Director, Foundation for Advancing Pediatric Orthopaedics:

This program is being replicated all over the United States and abroad. Just this past year, we held a very similar course in San Paolo, Brazil and in Rosario, Argentina. Our goal is for the reach of this course to go much further than that.

One out of 10 children will have a significant pediatric incident in their lifetime. Many times it's general orthopedists who will care for these children and general orthopedists need this type of training to really hone their pediatric skills.

[Sign Next to Group of People] Welcome to PediOrtho West 2024.

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