UOC's Dr. Rowe provides highlights from the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society's 2017 Fall Scientific Meeting.
On behalf of Co-Chairmen, Henry Boateng, MD and Peter Siska, MD, I would like to thank all who attended the 2017 fall meeting, Trauma: Multi-Subspecialty Collaboration for Complex Cases, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, in State College, PA. It is my pleasure to share the highlights from another successful meeting. Scientific Content The program offered exceptional scientific presentations from an impressive faculty lineup covering periprosthetic fractures, acetabular fractures, poly-trauma management and pediatric and sports-related trauma. Advocacy, Medicine, and Law This meeting also featured the first of its kind advocacy program. We had sessions on grassroots engagement and showcased the Society’s efforts to champion key issues such as orthopedic issues in dealing with the opioid crisis, maintaining Worker’s Comp fees, extending outpatient surgery center recovery time to 24 hrs, and a new pre-authorization bill. Six lawmakers from the Pennsylvania’s General Assembly were featured in a paneled discussion that focused on legislative successes in POS’s past, present, and future. We also welcomed Governor Wolf as a featured luncheon speaker. One of my favorite sessions was Medicine vs Law where orthopaedic residents from Penn State Hershey and students from Widener Commonwealth Law School (pictured left) examined medical aspects and legal reasoning for two different medical liability cases. Resident Paper Winners Once again, the scientific paper presentations were informative and impressive. Congratulations to all who took the time to submit and present. First place went to Penn State Health’s Ryan Ridenour, MD for his presentation “Disparities in Access to Care Among Sports Medicine Patients in Pennsylvania: Factors Contributing to Poor Access for Medicaid Patients”. Second place went to UPMC’s Patrick Maher, MD for his presentation “Increased Medial Displacement of Humeral Shaft Correlates with Increased Incidence of Nerve Injury in Displaced Proximal Humerus Fractures”. Third place went to Temple’s Courtney Quinn, MD for her presentation “Incidence of Infection in Civilian Gunshot Arthrotomies: Does Formal Joint Washout Make a Difference?” Thanks to everyone for a successful fall meeting and for supporting the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society! If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Spring Scientific Meeting. We have a great Sports Medicine program planned for April 26-27 in beautiful Charleston, SC. See you in Charleston! Angela Rowe, DO, FAOAO President