President’s Message

Welcome to the website of the Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Group (CPOG)! The primary purpose of this group and its’ website is to provide a platform for collaboration between paediatric orthopaedic surgeons in Canada and our research associates with the vision of promoting excellence in paediatric orthopaedic care in Canadian children.

With the emergence of evidence based medicine, it has become apparent that there are several obstacles to the production of “good science” to guide and support clinical care decisions in paediatric orthopaedics. First, the uncommon nature of many conditions often makes it difficult for any single center or practitioner to gather enough data to make study results meaningful. Second, the variety of existing opinions and practice patterns in the management of common conditions makes it difficult to answer unresolved clinical quandaries without collaboration. Third, clinical experts often face a lack of access to experts in epidemiology and vice versa. Finally, research conducted in other countries does not always carry relevance with respect to our patient population, the resources available to us and what our patients would consider as reasonable expectations.

While the members of CPOG also actively contribute to the well-respected international societies of our subspecialty, CPOG was formed on the premise that collaboration amongst Canadian centers would be a giant step towards resolving these obstacles and promoting excellence in paediatric orthopaedic care in Canada. It is our goal to leverage the unique features of paediatric orthopaedics in Canada by facilitating multicenter communication and collaborations.

To this point, we have been successful in building a network of paediatric orthopaedic surgeons (and their research associates) spanning from Vancouver to St. John’s. We have initiated our first multicenter outcomes study and are actively seeking new proposals for further studies. The first annual CPOG research forum was held in Quebec City in June 2016 with members present from eight different paediatric centers across the country!

Our greatest achievements thus far, towards promoting excellence in the clinical care of our patients, have been with respect to surgeon education. In addition to arranging and hosting national web-based rounds on a rotation of “hot topics”, we have developed an increasing array of symposiums, workshops and instructional course lectures which have been delivered in collaboration with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (of which we are a subspecialty group) at the COA/CPOG annual meetings since 2015. These educational offerings have been attended and appreciated by residents, fellows, community orthopaedic surgeons and subspecialty orthopaedic surgeons alike and are an endeavor that we are actively continuing. Please see the COA annual meeting website for further information on the educational program for this year’s meeting. We hope to see you there!

If you are an orthopaedic surgeon within Canada with an interest in the care of paediatric patients and would like more information on membership, please email us or refer to the Membership tab on this website.

Explore this website at your leisure! Your feedback is always appreciated and welcomed and can be provided by email at: cpogresearch@gmail.com

Sincerely,
Sukhdeep K. Dulai, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
CPOG President