Amazing Journey of POSI and POSICON’s

Volume 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-Apr 2019 | Page: 1-2 | Ashok Johari, Taral Nagda, Sandeep Patwardhan, Ashok Shyam.

Authors : Ashok Johari [1] , Taral Nagda [2] , Sandeep Patwardhan [3], Ashok Shyam [3,4]

1 Enable International Center for Paediatric Musculoskeletal Care, Mumbai 400016, India

2 Institute of Pediatric Orthopedic Disorders Mumbai India.

3 Sancheti Instittue for orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune, India.

4 Indian Orthopaedic Research Group, Thane, India

Address of Correspondence
Dr Ashok Shyam

IORG House, Mantahn Apts, shreesh CHS, Hajuri Road, Thane


Paediatric orthopaedic society of India (POSI) is the premier body of Paediatric orthopaedic surgeons in India. Conceptualised together by Dr Ashok Johari and Dr Benjamin Joseph, the organisation started in 1994. POSI and its annual conference POSICON have come a long way since then.
The first meeting of POSI was held in Mumbai organised by Dr Ashok Johari and the POSI as a body was conceptualised and initiated at the meeting. The first POSICON was held in Manipal with Dr Benjamin Joseph as organising secretary. It was held for three days from 6-8 Jan 1995 and was the first formal meeting of the POSI. The next four annual meetings were held in Chennai, Chandigarh, Pune, Bangalore. POSICON 2000, the Millennial POSICON as it was dubbed, was held in Mumbai with Dr Ashok Johari as the Organising Secretary. It was the 6th POSICON and is the major Landmark in history of POSICON’s. Orthopaedic surgeons as well as allied branches were invited including PG’s and had more than 800 delegates in attendance. Many national and International faculty delivered their lectures. There were a number of workshops on speciality topics like paediatric trauma, cerebral palsy, ultrasound course, pelvic osteotomies and for each course a book was released which contained up-to-date information on the subject. The first POSI postgraduate course was also held in the same meeting. For the first time there was a website and logo for POSICON conference.

We are now in 2019, attending the 25th Silver Jubilee POSICON. The scale is much bigger and grand but at the core it remains one of the most academically rich conferences. The Scientific program is the main hero of every POSICON and this tradition has been maintained over last 25 years. Many new creative things have been planned for 25th POSICON which is based on concepts of Instructional Course Lectures (ICL). Twenty ICL’s are planned with help from gracious faculty from around the world. Janus the God of January is kept in the concept with the main conference conceptualise on theme ‘Looking back, Marching forwards’. this will give everyone a perspective on how the field is growing. The main conference is followed by the Dorr Paley’s Course which is another first for POSICON.

Over the years POSI, as an organisation, has grown from strength to strength [borrowing from Dr Benjamin Joseph’s Interview in this issue [1]]. The membership grew steadily but POSI always had a close family structure. POSI also liaised with POSNA, EPOS and IFPOS to bring best of academic content to its members. The POSI and POSNA started conducting Joint workshops at POSICON’s since 2006. The first workshop was held in Vellore in 2006 and are held every alternate year in collaboration with POSICON’s. This add a great international flavor to the meeting and also increases the academic bonding between two organizations.

The SILVER POSICON is indeed a special one with a galaxy of stars from across the globe. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics is honoured to release the Special POSICON 2019 Issue which has compiled interviews of both the founding members of POSI, Dr Ashok Johari [2,3] and Dr Benjamin Joseph [1]. Both the interviews are an amazing piece of history as well as outstanding tales of personal excellence. We recommend all our readers to devour every word of these interviews to understand making of Legends of highest strata. This issue also has a guest editorial from Dr Rujuta Mehta [4], the organising secretary of POSICON 2019.
The International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics is now in its Fifth Year and is well established Journal. The academic content of this issue has the Part 1 of symposium on Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis with original articles and case reports. We welcome all readers to this issue and hope you enjoy it. Do send us your comments and suggestions on


1. Joseph B. Dr Benjamin Joseph – A Life Less Ordinary. International. Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics Jan-April 2019;5(1):2-7.

2. AN Johari. Dr Ashok Johari – A Unique Journey of a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Part -1. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics May-Aug 2017;2(2):2-7.

3. AN Johari. Dr Ashok Johari – A Unique Journey of a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon. Part 2. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics Sep-Dec 2016;2(2):2-7.

4. Mehta R. Editorial – Silver POSICON 2019. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics JanApril 2019;5(1):8.

How to Cite this Article: Johari A, Nagda T, Patwardhan S, Shyam AK. Amazing Journey of POSI and POSICON’s. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics Jan-April 2019;5(1):1-2

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