013 Learning Pediatric Deformity Skills: A Hands-on Course

Saturday, April 25
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 205C; BCEC

Fee: $650
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Currently, surgical education of pediatric deformity is managed on cadavers or during live surgery. However, a learning curve of 60-80 screws in deformity surgery has been reported. This course educates residents, fellows and attendings using 3-D printed models and didactic teaching in an attempt to jump ahead of the learning curve. It includes fundamental principles of pediatric deformity surgery. The models would reflect specific cases discussed during didactic lectures varying from 50-110 degrees.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the basic principles of non-operative pediatric deformity management (ie. bracing, observation, PT) and discuss the three large categories of pediatric deformity: idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular and congenital.
  • Discuss and debate the indications for surgical intervention as well as pre-op decision making such as level selection, approach and techniques/tools used.
  • Review surgical techniques used in deformity correction in a didactic setting using case illustrations, then reinforce the lessons using 3D models of the same.