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The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Adopts a Member Health and Wellness Charter

Goldberg, Michael J., MD*; Shea, Kevin G., MD; Weiss, Jennifer M., MD; Carter, Cordelia W., MD§; Talwalkar, Vishwas R., MD; Schwend, Richard M., MD

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: April 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p e241–e244
doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001295
Special Interest

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America took actions to address the well-being of its members. The epidemic of physician burnout interferes with the delivery of high-quality care that our patients and families need and deserve, and at the same time places the care-providers at an increased risk of depression and suicide. The actions taken by Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America serve as a model for other professional medical societies to emulate.

*Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University, Stanford

Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

§NYU-Langone Orthopedic Hospital and New York University, New York, NY

Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center and University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Children’s Mercy Hospital and University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

No funding was received from any source for this work.

M.J.G.: initial formulation of Charter; manuscript preparation and revisions; bibliography and reading list. K.G.S.: manuscript and Charter preparation and editing with a focus on quality and value. J.M.W. and C.W.C.: manuscript and Charter preparation and editing with a focus on women’s issues. C.W.C.: analysis of survey results. V.R.T. and R.M.S.: manuscript and Charter preparation and editing.

M.J.G. is a consultant at the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. K.G.S. has received research grants from AlloSource Inc., and Vericel Corp. and is a consultant for Health Trust—Health Care System Data Analytics. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Michael J. Goldberg, MD, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105. E-mail:

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