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2021 Minnesota Memorial Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium

Friday, November 5, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102 Location Marker

A symposium for orthopedic surgeons, pediatric orthopedic surgeons and allied professionals who work in the pediatric orthopedics field. 


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Course Description 

This course provides an informative and collaborative venue to learn about important issues related to the musculoskeletal care of children. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gregory Mencio, an internationally recognized leader in the world of pediatric orthopedics, as our keynote speaker. Regional thought leaders from multiple specialties, including radiology, rheumatology, and pain management will provide information about the newest advancements influencing the delivery of pediatric musculoskeletal care.  Our expert faculty will foster lively dialogue regarding current controversies in pediatric orthopedics through case presentations and panel discussions.


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the options, outcomes, and complications of various approaches to hip preservation  
  • Recognize current best practices regarding imaging and treatment of pediatric musculoskeletal infections   
  • Review issues related to the opioid epidemic and strategies for non-opioid pain management in children 
  • Recognize habits that are effective in achieving work-life balance and career development in pediatric orthopedic surgery 

Keynote Speaker

Gregory Mencio, MD

Gregory Mencio, MD

Dr. Mencio graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and his orthopedic residency at Duke University in 1987. He completed his Fellowship in pediatric orthopedics from Newington Children's Hospital from 1987-88. He is currently the head of Pediatric Orthopedics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include: Pediatric orthopedic trauma, scoliosis & spinal deformity, limb lengthening, cerebral palsy and gait analysis.

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Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Gillette takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this activity. 

Gillette designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

This activity is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 7 contact hours. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if this program meets Minnesota Board of Nursing rules relating to mandatory continuing education provisions of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act.  

This activity is worth a maximum of 7.0 clock hours. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine if this activity meets their professional requirements for continuing education credit. 

Registration Information

The conference registration fee is $200 for physicians, $125 for other medical professionals. The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and continuing medical education credit. Registration is refundable after the conference if cancellation is received 72 hours prior to the conference.

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Saint Paul RiverCentre

175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102



The Saint Paul Hotel

50 Market Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102


A special room rate of $145/night for a deluxe king room.  Please make your reservations by Thursday, October 14 to receive this special rate. 

Please visit and then enter 110421GIL in the "Special Codes” box or guests may call 800-292-9292 and mention Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. 

The Saint Paul Hotel is 0.3 miles (6-minute walk) from the Saint Paul RiverCentre. 


Gregory Mencio, MD
Professor of Orthopedics 
Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics 
Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopedics 
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Planning Committee 

Trent Cooper, DO
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Marybeth Fitzgerald MHA, RN
Sr. Planning and Business Development Consultant 
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Dan Miller, MD
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

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7:00 - 7:45 a.m.Registration/Breakfast/Exhibitors
7:50 - 8:00 a.m.Welcome/Introduction/Sponsors
8:05 – 8:30 a.m.The Vanderbilt Approach to Musculoskeletal Infection (and Their Sequalae)
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.Antibiotics 101 for the Orthopedic Surgeon
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.Best Practice for Imaging of Musculoskeletal Infection
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.Questions and Discussion
9:10 – 9:25 a.m.Rheumatologic Conditions the Pediatric Orthopedic Provider Needs to be Aware of
9:25 – 9:40 a.m.Advances in the Medical Treatment of SMA, Where are we and Where are we Going?
9:40 – 9:55 a.m.What the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Needs to Know About Non-Accidental Trauma
9:55 – 10:05 a.m.Questions and Discussion
10:05 – 10:20 a.m.Coffee Break
10:20 - 10:35 a.m.Gender Identity in Children – What you Need to Know as Pediatric Sub-Specialists
10:35 – 10:50 a.m.Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Pediatric Patient withChronic Pain
10:50 – 11:05 a.m.The Role of Psychological Evaluation and Support in Pediatric Orthopedic Patient
11:05 – 11:15 a.m.Questions and Discussion
11:15 – 11:35 a.m.Teaching Modern Residents and Moving away from the “Lecture”
11:35 – 11:45 a.m.Questions and Discussion
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Pediatric Conditions we Debate – Panel Discussion
2:00 – 2:10 p.m.Questions and Discussions
2:10 – 2:25 p.m.International care of cerebral palsy – Lessons learned from the Gillette – Ecuador partnership
2:25 - 2:40 p.m.Work/Life Integration – What I Did Right (and what I wish I had done)
2:40- 3:00 p.m.What I’ve Learned in 30 years of Pediatric Orthopedics
3:00 – 3:10 p.m.Questions and Discussion
3:10 – 3:20 p.m.Coffee Break
3:20 – 4:15 p.m.Master’s Techniques/AKA How I do it (and why)
4:15 p.m.Discussion and Closing Remarks/Thanks
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.Appetizers and Drinks