Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)

So it would seem that I only decide to blog when I’m flying to a conference…perhaps that is true. Right now I am on the plane (courtesy of Southwests $8 WIFI) on my way to the POSNA meeting in Hollywood, CA. This will be the the first POSNA meeting I have been to and the last POSNA meeting I will be able to attend before I attempt to match into a Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship position in April 2015. By this time next year I would have already known where I will be spending year of fellowship at. This is why I really wanted to attend this year in order to meet some of the giants in the field and hopefully get my name out there and just learn what new and exciting things are being researched in the peds ortho world. It doesn’t help that I get to do this in the sunny 80 degree California weather.

I have spoken in the past about my fears of doing academic medicine and trying to find that balance of advancing my career and maintaining the bond with my wife and kids that I love so much. Since then I have sought much counsel (Proverbs 12:15) and my views of academics have certainly changed. Just like anything in life, you can make academics what you want it to be. You can be the guy who is at the hospital at 4 am everyday who publishes 10 papers a year and becomes a full professor in 8 years. Or you can be the guy who publishes similarly relevant data but prioritizes his family and the time he/she spends with them and eventually will contribute enough to the field to be advanced academically. Being advanced also is probably the wrong goal to have. After talking with a couple of full professors we have here at Hopkins, they stressed that the goal should be to take care of your patient, first. After that comes research, and if you do good research (not necessarily a bunch of research), then you will be progressed. This is comforting to me as choosing to do Peds Ortho mostly directs me towards an academic career.

What has been more pressing on my mind is the apparent conflict between doing academic medicine and going overseas to do missionary work as part of the Deferred Mission Appointee program that my wife and I joined while in medical school at Loma Linda University. It takes time to build a successful orthopedic practice in the U.S. (probably about 4 years), and leaving during or right after those 4 years will basically destroy the practice you built, especially if you are gone for 1 year +. But I also have to ask myself, when God comes again take us back to heaven with Him, what will he put more emphasis on, my academic productivity or my productivity in things spiritual and altruistic. I have to believe it is the latter. But I want to do both equally well; I want to be an academic surgeon who teachers and writes, and I also want to help overseas. I don’t know how set I am in doing a full 3-5 overseas stay. I will have to get more guidance from God on how to proceed when the time comes.

Switching gears (as I don’t know when I will be blogging next), I tend to be incredibly neurotic when it comes to applying for the next academic position in life. So to go along with that, I’ve already chosen a handful of programs that I will likely apply to for my peds ortho fellowship. I may add more, but here is the tentative list:

CALIFORNIA

Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship Program
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Director: David L Skaggs, MD
# of Positions: 2
ACGME Accredited: No

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego/University of California San Diego Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis Fellowship
Director: Dennis R Wenger, MD
# of Positions: 4
ACGME Accredited: No

DELAWARE

TJU/ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children-Pediatric Fellowship Program
Director: Suken A Shah, MD
# of Positions: 3
ACGME Accredited: Yes

GEORGIA

Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital
Director: Michael T Busch, MD
# of Positions: 2
ACGME Accredited: Yes

MARYLAND

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Childrens’ Hospital Fellowship in Orthopaedic
Director: Paul D Sponseller, MD
# of Positions: 1
ACGME Accredited: No

MASSACHUSETTS

Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship
Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Director: Young-Jo Kim, MD
# of Positions: 3
ACGME Accredited: Yes

MINNESOTA

Pediatric Orthopaedic, University of Minnesota Program, University of Minnesota Medical School/Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Director: Kevin Walker, MD
# of Positions: 1
ACGME Accredited: Yes

PENNSYLVANIA

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Orthopaedic Clinical Fellowship
Director: John P Dormans, MD
# of Positions: 4
ACGME Accredited: Yes

TEXAS

Dorothy & Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis
Director: Daniel J Sucato, MD, MS
# of Positions: 5
ACGME Accredited: Yes

CANADA

Paediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship The Hospital for Sick Children

Director: Unni Narayanan, MD
# of Positions: 2
ACGME Accredited: No

 

The application season opens up in September 2014 and interview time is usually from November to March. I will keep you posted on how the process is going.

One Response to Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)

  1. Drnjbmd says:

    I am very happy that you chose to work in Peds Ortho. You are certainly a natural there and will enjoy an immensely rewarding career. Right now, I am doing a majority of my practice at a tertiary children’s hospital and I love it. While I am not a pediatric surgeon, I am always on call with the fellow and do most of the burn work. I love working with kids and love the research aspects of what I am doing. Good luck in the MATCH and I know you will have God with you as you go.

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