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Commitment to education

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield maintains orthopaedic residency affiliations with Boston University School of Medicine and Albany Medical College. Education and training are also provided to graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities in the fields of nursing, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, movement analysis, child life and social services. The hospital offers continuing medical education programs for area physicians and health care professionals.

Continuing medical education

Continuing medical education at the Springfield Shriners Hospital for professional staff includes basic life support for healthcare providers and pediatric advanced life support courses. In 2016, the hospital will acquire a state-of-the-art simulation mannequin and the educational staff will be developing a simulation center for enhancing the quality of our training programs.

Annual Leon M. Kruger, M.D., guest lectureship

Dr. Kruger served the Springfield Shriners Hospital continuously for 55 years as resident, staff member, assistant chief of staff and chief of staff. He was a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at New York University and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kruger was a founding member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic/Orthotic Clinics and served as its first president. He passed away in 2007 and this educational symposium, which is designed for pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who care for children with orthopaedic conditions, continues to honor his work in the field of orthopaedics.

Professional development seminars

Courses are available at the Springfield Shriners Hospital throughout the year for nurses, school nurses, physical and occupational therapists, primary care providers, orthopaedic surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Continuing education credits are available.

Contact information

If you would like information about upcoming educational programs or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Michelle Salva, RN, BSN
Nurse educator