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Shriners Children's professional teams share their expertise at conferences and annual meetings.

Shriners Children’s mission to share knowledge means helping more kids worldwide

Shriners Children’s is dedicated to providing the most amazing medical care possible to kids around the world. An important component of that is found in the second part of our mission statement: providing educational opportunities for medical professionals. Through this effort, we help ensure that more children get the care they need, regardless of where they are. 

Partners in education

Shriners Children’s is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for our physicians and other healthcare professionals. We maintain relationships with several major educational institutions, helping us to foster an academic environment committed to providing high-quality education for medical staff and excellent care to patients. In addition, Shriners Children’s medical teams help educate health professionals around the world, so that more children may be helped closer to where they live. 

Over the years, thousands of physicians have received residency education or postgraduate fellowships at Shriners Children’s hospitals. Our renowned physicians and clinicians work to ensure that we pass on best practices, working side by side with fellows to prepare them for a specialty practice in pediatric care. In addition, our facilities offer training programs for medical professionals and students, including nurses, social workers, therapists, prosthetists and radiologists. Many Shriners Children’s locations with in-house orthotics and prosthetics capabilities work with their local colleges to provide educational programs for students. 

We offer opportunities in a variety of specialties to help medical professionals continue their education, enhance their knowledge, hone their skills and enrich their careers through lectures, seminars, workshops, and a physician podcast series focused on current best practices, innovative medical treatments and research. Physicians from many of our locations often speak at conferences, attend grand rounds and participate in staff in-services. 

Leading by example

Shriners Children’s regularly hosts conferences and seminars, and its leaders often present at educational events in the U.S. and abroad. For example, staff from our Chicago and Philadelphia locations initiated the Howard H. Steel Conference on Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, a meeting designed to educate clinicians and researchers on evidence-based practice for pediatric spinal cord injury rehabilitation, as well as new treatments and innovations. 

In addition, burn care teams participate in annual conferences, such as the American Burn Association’s (ABA’s) annual meeting and the World Burn Congress. The healthcare system has also been a major participant in the Frank Stelling Pediatric Orthopedic Lectureship, the Carroll Larson Conference and the annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). Physicians from across the globe attend these and other educational events, which allows Shriners Children’s medical staff to share their knowledge and expertise with the larger medical community. 

For decades, Shriners Children’s medical teams have shared their expertise by participating in conferences at local levels, serving the healthcare industry in leadership capacities and training other medical professionals in their core disciplines. 

Many of our medical staff are also leaders in associations dedicated to their respective fields of medical practice. Hospital physicians have been deeply involved in POSNA, ABA, the Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support organization, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Spinal Injury Association, the Scoliosis Research Society and other leading pediatric healthcare organizations for professionals. 

While Shriners Children’s has locations in three countries, the system has global reach and impact. Many of our physicians and clinicians routinely travel around the world to provide medical care and share their expertise with local medical communities. Physicians from across the globe also visit Shriners Children’s to observe and learn about the latest treatments for orthopedic conditions, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries and craniofacial conditions.