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2017 COA, CORS, CORA Annual Meeting - Registration Closes June 9

COA2017logo-01Registration is open for the COA, CORS and CORA 2017 Annual Meeting being held in Ottawa from June 15-18. Take advantage of the pre-registration rates and register before June 9.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 May 2017 21:01
Announcement of the Norman Bethune Orthopaedic Travel Scholarship – Wenzhou, China

The COA Executive and the COA Global Surgery (COAGS) Committee are pleased to announce a new funded opportunity for one (1) Canadian subspecialty-trained COA member to visit the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), previously called the Norman Bethune Hospital, in Wenzhou, China, for a 2-week period.

The program is intended for an established Canadian orthopaedic surgeon, of any age, who is a COA member and who ideally has experience teaching residents. Orthopaedic subspecialty training will be provided in one or more of the following areas: Trauma, Sports Medicine, MSK Oncology, Upper Extremity, Spine, Foot & Ankle, Paediatric Orthopaedics, and Adult Reconstruction. For more information and application details, please click here to view the application form.

Application deadline: August 1, 2017

Last Updated on Friday, 05 May 2017 21:14
Intimate Partner Violence Position Statement and Best Practice Recommendations – Updated in 2017

The COA and the Centre for Evidence-based Orthopaedics (CEO) at McMaster University recognize that Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a significant social determinant of morbidity and mortality, and that orthopaedic surgeons are well positioned to identify patients living with IPV and provide support resources. We have a shared goal of raising awareness and providing educational tools to orthopaedic surgeons. We recommend that all orthopaedic surgeons refresh their IPV knowledge by reviewing the 2017 IPV Position Statement and Best Practice Recommendations.

The CEO has developed a CIHR-funded course called EDUCATE, which introduces critical tools to help orthopaedic surgeons and health-care professionals in fracture clinics identify and assist IPV victims. It focuses on IPV knowledge and skill development delivered via an online video, three interactive online modules, and an in-person presentation that includes case studies and discussion. EDUCATE has been implemented at six fracture clinics and is being qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated. The findings will be released at the COA 2018 Annual Meeting, and used to refine the EDUCATE program prior to widespread use. The finalized program will be disseminated to the orthopaedic community through a joint collaboration of the COA and the CEO.

The Montreal Gazette recently published an article about the EDUCATE program:

Please visit the EDUCATE Program booth at the upcoming COA 2017 Annual Meeting in Ottawa to learn more about IPV and the EDUCATE program. If you are interested in becoming a local champion/site lead for the EDUCATE program, please contact Trinity Wittman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

COA Position Statement on Global Travel Restrictions

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association is unequivocally opposed to discrimination in any form. Individuals from all races, ethnicity and other backgrounds and cultures have made valuable contributions to the art and science of orthopaedic surgery over many years.

The science that our profession is firmly based on is not a political construct or belief system. Continued growth and progress in the delivery of high quality orthopaedic care is dependent on openness, transparency and the free flow of ideas and people around the world. Global collaboration is only possible when governments do not restrict lawful travel for spurious reasons.

February, 2017

Consensus Statement - Patients with Total Joint Replacement having Dental Procedures:

The origin of prosthetic joint infections has been a controversial topic for dentists, physicians and patients. Confusion surrounds the risk of dental procedure-related bacteremia and the subsequent risk of patients with orthopaedic devices developing prosthetic joint infection following such bacteremia.

The Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA), the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada have reviewed the current best available evidence on the effectiveness of dental antibiotic prophylaxis in the reduction of orthopaedic prosthetic joint infections, in the context of the issue of emerging antimicrobial resistance and the critical role of all health care providers to steward appropriate use of antimicrobial drugs.

The Statement can be viewed here. Special thanks to Drs. Tracy Wilson and Jeff Gollish along with the members of the COA National Standards Committee for their excellent work on this important document. The COA Board of Directors approved this Statement at the June 2016 Board meeting.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:50
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