Davos Courses 2016

AONeuro Participants to the Davos Courses Benefit from a Full Program and Interactive Lectures.

Surgeons managing neurotrauma and reconstruction attending the AONeuro—Neurotrauma course at the Davos Courses 2016 have been rewarded with a full program and lectures from leading surgeons from around the world. This year, 33 participants from 13 countries came together in the beautiful setting of Davos to focus on the current best strategies and considerations for managing neurotrauma patients.

An exceptional team of faculty members

Chaired by Francesco Biroli (IT) and Anthony Figaji (ZA), the course included a number of internationally respected surgeons as faculty members: Ross Bullock (US), Stephen Lewis (Australia), Kim Se-Hyuk (South Korea), Wai Poon (HK), Andres Rubiano (Colombia), and Shelly Timmons (US). Regional faculty included Chrisitan Matula (AT), and Angelo Pompucci (IT). Guiseppe Citero (IT), Paul Manson (US), and Franco Servadei (IT) served as special guests.

“Having a great faculty brings top-notch lectures, and lots of experience,” comments course chair Anthony Figaji. “The key in making a good course a great course is in being able to draw the audience in and to make it comfortable for them to participate. We achieved this here in Davos. The participants asked many questions and the faculty was really engaged,” conveys Figaji. “With such a broad geographical audience, I think everyone recognized the importance in sharing their perspectives to improve patient care,” he explains.

A variety of learning approaches to managing neurotrauma

During the course, the full program covered how to apply the current classification systems and guidelines in neurotrauma, as well as how to manage neurotrauma and skull base fractures in adult, pediatric, and polytrauma patients. In addition, advanced neuromonitoring, the planning and performing of operative treatments were discussed. Decompressive craniotomies and complex cranial reconstruction were addressed, as well as how to manage CSF leaks and other complications, and how to perform dural repairs. Based on the competencies defined in AONeuro’s curriculum in neurotrauma, the course was delivered using multiple methods: through comprehensive lectures, interactive case presentations, small group discussions, practical sessions and case-based reflections. “The unique atmosphere in Davos contributed to the success of this course,” confirms faculty member Andres Rubiano. “The environment was quiet, relaxing, and motivating,” he offers.

Interesting lectures

A special lecture on 3-D neurotrauma anatomical principles was a particular highlight. Other lectures included important discussions in the field of neurosurgery, including when to operate, ethics, and the role that genetics may play in future surgical decision-making. Useful tools were also shared. Hot topic lectures covered concussions and sports—an emerging dilemma, the new neurotrauma guidelines, as well as the good, bad, and the ugly of clinical trials in TBI.


Eye-opening case discussions

“I was very satisfied by the quality of the speakers and the level of experience from the participants at this course,” explains course chair Francesco Biroli. “I found the most interesting sessions to be the case discussions. People actively participated, and shared their different experiences, which is very useful to improve knowledge and patient outcomes.”

“In Korea, there are not opportunities to discuss cases,” explains participant Jan Hu Kim, from South Korea. “We just follow the professor’s opinion, so I appreciated these discussions very much. It is great to be able to hear the opinions from so many neurosurgeons,” he explains.

Enhancements to the practical sessions: new skulls

This year, newly developed practical exercises enabled participants to apply AO principles in the management of common injuries. A plastic bone model was introduced, that included a skull, brain, and dura. “These exercises are very important in spreading knowledge, and the new models make them more complete,” shares Biroli.


Cranioplasty webinar

In addition to the course, a free cranioplasty webinar shared the current best strategies and considerations for cranioplasty, covering technical options, complications, outcomes, and economic issues. This was led by Christian Matula, Anthony Figaji, Francesco Biroli, and Andres Rubiano.


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