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On behalf of the POPS Board welcome and thanks for visiting the POPS website! The Pediatric Orthopedic Practitioner Society was established in 2005 to provide and support specialized pediatric orthopedic training, continuing education, research collaboration, and to provide a forum for mentoring and networking for Pediatric Orthopedic Advance Practice Providers. POPS has continued to grow and expand its membership within the United States and Canada. Since I became an active member in 2006, I have enjoyed watching the organization gain wider recognition and support in the Pedi Ortho Professional Community. POPS provides professional support for advance practice providers that had not previously existed in the field of Pediatric Orthopedics.

I am Lori Thornton and have worked in Pediatric Orthopedics for 8 years at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. My experience and practice is primarily pediatric orthopedic trauma, fracture management, and musculoskeletal infection. When I am not working on orthopedic projects or playing with my two sons, I enjoy marathon running and try to convert any willing non-runners.

The POPS Executive Board and Committees will continue to strive to meet the needs and expectations of its members. This year could bring exciting opportunities for POPS and all of its members as we are always expanding our organization and exploring new frontiers. The website blog and special interest group capabilities are still being explored and developed at this time. These membership benefits will be posted online once it is available. Our society will continue to thrive by the support of its members so please feel free to contact me or any of the board members with any feedback or suggestions.

Thank you for a great year. I am honored to serve as POPS President for another year and look forward to an exciting future for POPS as we continue to grow as an organization! I challenge you to become an active part, get involved, and continue to grow with us!

Lori Thornton, RN, MS, FNCP
POPS President

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitioners Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that exists to advance and enhance the care provided by the Advanced Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant specializing in Pediatric Orthopaedics. By bringing members together we aim to support continuing education, specialized training, research collaboration, mentoring, networking and promotion of our role.

New Member Application
The Membership form is online allowing you to fill out the form and complete the payment at once.

Before filling out the form, download the Introductory Form. It includes an introductory letter, an application checklist and the optional membership recommendation form.

Fill Out the Application

If you don't want to use the online form, you may print the form below:
View and Print the Member Application

Member Application/Renewal Information

Renewal is due yearly by April 15th to maintain an active membership
Click here to renew your membership online.

Membership Renewal

Renewal Date for all members is April 15th!

 Click here to view and print the Application for Membership Renewal.

Renewals can be faxed to Lori Thornton at 214-456-5071 with the payment
done on PayPal or sent in the mail.

Mailing address for applications or membership renewal:
Lori Thornton RN, MS, FNCP c/o Orthopedic Department
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
1935 Medical District Dr.
Dallas, TX 75235

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Job Posting Form - If you are an employer with a job opening, please click here to view and print our Job Posting Form.

Useful Links
U.S. Bone and Joint Decade
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board

Orthopaedic Directory (Google)
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics