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The Pediatric Orthopaedics Workforce Demands, Needs, and Resources

Schwend, Richard M. MD

doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e3181b76906
Special Report

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Practice Management Committee evaluated current and future pediatric orthopaedic workforce needs. The resulting informational article summarizes its findings and makes recommendations for improvement of our workforce. Whereas policy decisions are often in the hands of the government with its emphasis on access and cost containment, the area that we can control, the quality of our workforce should be our primary effort. Specific recommendations include the prospective collection of accurate workforce data, increasing the interest of residents and students to enter our specialty, assisting members to improve practice efficiencies and assuming leadership in the musculoskeletal education of our primary care colleagues. We expect that by improving our workforce and professional work environment, we can make a difference for our young patients and for the society.

Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

None of the authors received financial support for this study.

Reprints: Richard M. Schwend, MD, Section of Orthopaedics, Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. E-mail:

The Members of the POSNA Practice Management Committee: Douglas G. Armstrong, Hershey, PA; Joseph Davey MD, Oklahoma City, OK; John P. Dormans MD, Philadelphia PA; Robert C. Durkin MD, Honolulu, HI; Craig P. Eberson MD, Providence, RI; Howard R. Epps MD, Houston, TX; William L. Hennrikus MD, Hershey, PA; Kristinn Kellie Leitch MD, London, ON, Canada; James McCarthy MD, Madison, WI; Richard M. Schwend MD, Kansas City, MO; W. Timothy Ward MD, Pittsburgh, PA; Jeffrey R. Warman JR MD, San Antonio, TX; J. Michael Wattenbarger MD, Charlotte, NC; Mark Wellisch MD, Encino, CA.

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