Advancing orthopedic education


“If you want to provide the best care, you have to continually be learning, because medicine is always evolving,” Dr. Szabo said. “It’s important to stay current with the most recent trends and treatments.”

In mid-November, Dr. Szabo served as master instructor for the course, “Shoulder and Knee Advanced Techniques” During this course, he lectured, performed a live demonstration on shoulder ultrasound, and participated on panel discussions. The following weekend he traveled again to serve as course chairman of the “Treatments for Wrist and Elbow Problems” course.

Both courses were conducted at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) in Rosemont, Illinois, and were hosted by the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the largest subspecialty organization in orthopedics, with a global membership.

Orthopedic surgeons from all over the world attend events like these at the learning center.

“For the wrist and elbow course, I was teaching people from Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada and across the United States,” he said. “People come to learn certain topics and surgical techniques through lectures and hands-on skill-building.”

Dr. Szabo will be headed to Orlando in early May for the 2019 AANA Annual Meeting, the world’s largest arthroscopy-focused event of the year. According to the AANA website, more than 1,000 colleagues from around the world will participate in scientific sessions, feature lectures, instructional course lectures and simulcasted live surgery.

S. Joshua Szabo, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who sees patients in its Butler-Clearview and Cranberry/Mars offices as well as the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Dr. Szabo serves as a physician for the United States Ski Association, team physician for Butler Senior High School and consultant for Butler County Community College Athletics. He is a clinical instructor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine department of orthopedic surgery.