AONeuro Neurotrauma Course in Murnau

On July 14–15, 2016, AONeuro led a successful neurotrauma course in Murnau, Germany. Chaired by Dr Michael Bierschneider and Dr med. Aurelia Peraud, the course brought together 14 faculty and two guest lecturers, as well as participants from Germany, Austria, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, and Slovenia.

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Bringing excellence at the Trauma Centre Murnau
This course was organized in close collaboration with the Neurosurgical Department of the Ludwig-Maximillian-University Munich, and held at the Trauma Centre Murnau, one of Germany’s largest trauma centers. The center proved to be an exceptional location for covering the current best strategies and considerations for managing neurotrauma patients.

Content delivery through multiple educational methods
Bierschneider and Peraud, together with an international faculty of experts, delivered the full program in English, covering decompressive craniectomy decision making, EDH, SDH, and contusions, intracranial pressure monitoring, bolt placement, the pitfalls in imaging (misinterpretation), skullbase fractures, traumatic scalp defect management, cranial vault reconstruction in trauma, as well as worst case scenarios and delayed complications.

The course used multiple educational methods to bring the learning material across to participants. Comprehensive lectures concentrated on the understanding of core material. Interactive case presentations further deepened this knowledge and facilitated the discussion in trauma management. With focus on decompressive craniectomy and cranial reconstruction using plates, screws, and clamps, the practical exercises enabled participants to apply AO principles in the management of common injuries. Case-based discussions linked the lecture material and practical skills with the clinical problems commonly encountered in everyday practice. All of the course content was based on the competencies defined in AONeuro’s new curriculum in neurotrauma.

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Course feedback from faculty and participants
The course received the highest mark of all AONeuro courses, signifying its great success. 100% of the attendees said that they would recommend the course to their colleagues.

According to one participant, particular highlights from the event included the small group discussions, and in learning how other clinics are handling neurotrauma patients. The surgical tips presented were also helpful. For chairperson Aurelia Peraud, “the case discussions and the interactions between trainees and faculty were lively and enthusiastic.”Regional faculty member Christian Matula shared: “The very friendly and new location was inspiring. I also enjoyed learning something one cannot find in any book, being able to understand the needs of the other disciplines involved, meeting new friends, and becoming part of an open, interactive medical network.” Local faculty member, Nikolaus Plesnila, found the presentation from Professor Underberg “extremely hands-on and very critical,” and wished that all science presentations could be like that. He also commented that “it was great to see young people developing their critical thinking skills.”

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Outlook: Neurotrauma in Murnau 2017

AONeuro will be conducting a further AONeuro Course—Neurotrauma in Murnau, Germany, on July 13–14, 2017. Due to the course’s great success, the format will remain the same, and include international faculty, small group discussions, and practical exercises.

For more information on upcoming AONeuro events, please visit AONeuro Courses.