Background on the Section on Orthopaedics

The Section on Orthopaedics, founded in 1976, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children and adolescents by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to orthopaedics in children. Visit the official webpage, here.

Membership in the Section is open to physicians boarded by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery who devote at least 50% of their practice to the care of infants, children, and adolescents; members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA); members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) who are eligible for membership and members of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

The Section on Orthopaedics holds its business meeting and educational program at the AAP’s National Conference & Exhibition (NCE). The Section also proposes educational topics for seminars and plenary sessions that would be of interest to the general pediatrician such as the popular “Taping, Splinting, and Casting” workshop. Educational programs presented by the Section in the past include “Management of Common Children’s Sports Injuries – Keep It in Your Office,” “Update on Scoliosis,” “Symposium: New Perspectives in the Diagnosis and Management of DDH,” and “Office Ortho- paedics for the Primary Care Pediatrician.”

The Section’s two-day educational program highlights oral research presentations from across the country and offers net-working opportunities through the annual Resident Recognition Reception. During the program, three Young Investigators in Training (formerly Resident Research) Awards are offer $1,000 and a certificate for the best papers presented by a resident, fellow or student. The Distinguished Service Award is also presented at the NCE, which honors an individual in the field of pediatric orthopaedics who has contributed to the Academy’s mission of excellence in the areas of patient care, research or training.

For information on how to get involved with the Section on Orthopaedics or for further information about specific section activities, contact Niccole Alexander, MPP, Section Manager, via email at
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