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With the theme Giting at Galing (Courage & Ingenuity), the Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA) will hold its annual convention this June 16-18, 2022!

The 73rd Annual Convention has a surprising but necessary change of date from its traditional November schedule to give way to the POA’s hosting on November 24-26 of the 22nd Congress of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA), in celebration of the APOA's 60th Founding Anniversary. Both conventions will remain virtual with real-time online interactions among participants.

This annual convention aims to feature the adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic by Orthopaedic surgeons in various subspecialties. With lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, this convention promises to be educational and engaging. So mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable experience!


The Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA) is the national organization of orthopaedic surgeons in the Philippines, composed of Fellows who have passed the certifying examination of Philippine Board of Orthopaedics (PBO). This non-stock, non-profit corporation has the main purpose of cultivating and advancing the art and science of orthopaedic surgery in the Philippines, accomplished through research, seminars, conferences, and study groups. It also aims to promote good fellowship among its members and protecting their welfare, while maintaining a high standard of service and ethics in the practice of orthopaedic surgery. There are 12 subspecialty groups under the umbrella of the POA, who are all actively participating in upgrading the standards of the profession. This year we will be holding the 73rd POA Annual Convention in June 2022, as well as hosting the 22nd Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Congress in November 2022.


Dear POA Fellows,

Your POA Board is working hard to ensure that the pandemic will not hamper learning and camaraderie. The 73rd Annual Convention will be held from 16-18 June 2022 via virtual platform to help guarantee our safety from Covid exposure. While we realize how much we need face to face meetings, it was decided that for now at least, the format needs to remain online. Our 73rd meeting likewise needed to be held earlier to give way to our distinction of hosting the 22nd Congress of the Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association on 24-26 November 2022.

Headed by Dr David Alagar and his scientific committee, the 73rd Annual POA Convention still promises to give you even more relevant and applicable information, sourced from Filipino experts, to speak on Filipino issues within Filipino soil. So join us as we excitedly look forward and prepare for this unique Annual Convention!

Thank you very much.

Frederic Joseph F. Diyco
Philippine Orthopedic Association


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Mapagpalayang bati sa inyong lahat!

June is the country’s independence month, and as orthopedic surgeons, what better way to commemorate it than to recognize our very own orthopod heroes who continued to treat despite the threats and restrictions of the pandemic?

On behalf of the POA Board of Trustees and the members of the organizing committee, I proudly invite everyone to our 73rd Annual Convention, with the theme “Giting at Galing”, in celebration of the courage and ingenuity of our POA Fellows these past two years. We have shown that we can adjust, adapt, and innovate in the practice of our profession when confronted with restrictions, challenges, and even serious risks to one’s health.

The scientific committee boasts of a wide variety of relevant topics and interesting ideas in the program, which will more than make up for the fewer sessions lined up. Aptly described as “lean and mean”, innovations and novel ideas of orthopedic treatment employed during this pandemic will be thoroughly expounded on by our homegrown experts from the different subspecialty fields. All lectures will be in virtual plenary room with live case discussions at the end of each session. The free paper, podium, and residents’ research presentations remain highly anticipated this year. To add to the excitement is the inaugural participation of the Philippine Board of Orthopedics, the Orthopedic Research Society, and the Orthopedic Education Council in the scientific program. I have nothing but great respect for the officers of these organizations, especially the subspecialty societies, local chapters, and training institutions, as well as gratitude for their full support and cooperation in the preparations of the convention.

Not to be upstaged is our keynote speaker who is well renowned and respected, and exemplifies the creativity, courage, and excellence in his orthopedic career. The opening and closing ceremonies will follow our traditional rites, but with added glitter and surprises for everyone’s entertainment. It is our intention that we not only learn something different and new, but also have an enjoyable time with friends and colleagues despite the virtual and remote set-up. Hopefully, this will be the transition we all yearn for, as we move forward and regain our freedom to meet face-to-face again… soon.

Mabuhay ang POA!

David L Alagar, MD, FPOA
Overall Chair
73rd POA Annual Convention