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Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis is proud of its role in medical education, through its affiliation with Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions.

Resident/fellow education has been highly integrated into all aspects of care at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital.  Our physicians see it as an obligation to provide both optimal intellectual and hands-on resident/fellow and even student education. Since the 1970s, our faculty physicians have provided significant orthopaedic surgical instruction and mentorship for countless medical students, more than 300 orthopaedic residents and numerous pediatric orthopaedic spine and hand fellows.

"As a surgical instructor I encourage a lot," says Perry Schoenecker, M.D. "I find working with the younger generation very renewing – certainly keeps me on my toes. What a privilege it has been to witness the evolution/development of their surgical expertise and certainly one of the most satisfying rewards in my efforts as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon."

By maintaining relationships with medical teaching facilities such as Washington University School of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine and University of Kansas at Wichita, the St. Louis Shriners Hospital fosters an academic environment committed to providing high-quality medical care to all patients.

Additionally, we have clinical affiliations with local colleges and universities to provide education for nursing and allied health professionals, to include Chamberlain College of Nursing, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Webster University.

Sharing knowledge throughout the world

Similarly, our medical staff members have reached out in an effort to share knowledge and acquired surgical expertise with their orthopaedic colleagues around the world. Our physicians have sponsored many of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) surgical tutorials over the last 10 years with instruction in the treatment of spine, hip and foot deformities. The uniquely positive tutorial interaction between faculty and attendees is instructional to all in our physician's efforts to improve their ability to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Our physicians are highly active in professional societies, including the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Shrine Surgeons Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to name a few.  In fact, in 2004, Dr. Schoenecker served as president of POSNA.

Furthermore, many of our physicians travel throughout the world to share and exchange information and techniques in visiting professorships, leading them to frequently share their expertise with physicians in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

"Extending yourself to the rest of the world/interacting with colleagues from other corners of the globe expands our mindsets, establishes relationships and brings out the better half of both host and visitor," Schoenecker said. "Meaningful effective interchange of ideas in patient care occurs in spite of language/cultural differences. Orthopaedics readily transcends most language barriers; deformities can be examined and x-rays visualized similarly by all."

Dr. Schoenecker recently coordinated an educational venture for nearly 400 surgeons between POSNA, SLAOTI and EPOS in an intercontinental educational effort in South America.

Respiratory Therapy Conference

Each fall, our respiratory therapy department offers a conference to provide continuing education credits for the respiratory care community. To learn more, contact Marcela Spraul at 314-872-8342, ext. 1008 or via email.

Previous conferences have featured topics such as:

  • Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Pediatric Patients with Difficult Airway
  • Interpretation of Ventilator Graphics: An Interactive Session
  • NAVA Mode on the MAQUET Servo-I Ventilator
  • Advanced Bronchoscopy Procedures
  • Early Recognition of Respiratory Depression
  • Do Respiratory Therapists Have Better Ventilator Graphics Interpretative Skills than Physical Therapists?
  • Ventilator Alarm Selection in Latin American Countries: Results of a Multinational Survey
  • Ventilator Graphics Skills of Respiratory Therapists & Physical Therapists in a Large Metropolitan City of Colombia
  • Pneumonia Education: Let’s Spread The Word!