Paediatrics (CPOG)

COVID-19 Webinar

The Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Group conducted a successful webinar on Tuesday, May 5, titled: The Impact of COVID-19 on Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Canada. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Kevin Smit, Dr. Debra Bartley, and Dr. Ron El-Hawary.

Please find below the details to access the Zoom recording of the webinar.

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CPOG Statement on Injury Prevention – April 2020

April 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, your most important contribution is to adhere to social distancing measures. However, the Canadian Paediatric Orthopaedic Group acknowledges the challenge that comes with the closure of schools, childcare and organized sport and activities.

While trampolines, ATVs, motorbikes and snowmobiles may provide entertainment and activity, they carry a high risk of severe injuries. We encourage caregivers to consider the consequences of these injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An injury at this time means increased risk of COVID-19 exposure to your child, your family, your health care team and the community. The treatment of your child’s injury may differ from the standard treatment, due to resource constraints with hospital or ICU beds, operating rooms or Personal Protective Equipment. You may not be able to stay with your child in the hospital due to visitor restrictions. These visits also place significant burden on an already strained health care system.

For all of these reasons, we are asking for your help in keeping your children safe. Please think about the impact of potential injuries when choosing activities for your child during this challenging time.

For any questions or comments, please contact the CPOG Executive at

CPOG Executive

2020 Annual Meeting: Halifax

Dear CPOG Members,

As you probably know, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the COA leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 COA Annual Meeting, (including paediatric programming on Subspecialty Day) scheduled for June 3-6, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Click to read the full COA statement in English and French. We are saddened to cancel this year’s event; however, the health, safety, and professional obligations of our orthopaedic community is the top priority of the COA and all of the subspecialty groups Executive committees.

We would like to acknowledge the work that had been done by our Executive Committee and local organizers with a goal of delivering an outstanding CPOG program.

The Annual Meeting has always and continues to be a vital educational and networking opportunity. The COA and CORS leadership are actively considering options to offer content from the 2020 program virtually and through other communication platforms. If you had abstracts accepted or were participating as a speaker, moderator or faculty in the program, the COA will contact you directly with more information once they further pursue alternative opportunities. The CPOG Executive will also reach out again to our members shortly with more news regarding the subspecialty content.

Thank you for your patience during this uncertain time.

Yours sincerely,
Ron El-Hawary, CPOG President

2019 Annual Meeting: Montreal

CPOG had another strong program at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting In Montreal this past June, where the new executive committee was announced.

At the 2019 CPOG Annual General Meeting it was decided that membership dues will be implemented at $100 per year per member. Fees will be waived for trainee members and new members who are in their first two years of practice. Membership fees allow numerous group and individual benefits, including improved communications, and subsidization of visiting speakers and educational opportunities.