AOTK Expert Symposia 2019

15. January 2019

AOTK System builds on 2018 success with expert symposia on offer in 2019

In 2019, AOTK System will offer an outstanding array of expert symposia in key geographies such as Asia Pacific, the United States, and Europe. This year of engaging collaboration with the surgeon community kicks off in March, with the 13th Asia Pacific AOTK Experts Symposium. The event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 28, and will be chaired by MK Wong.

From June 22 to 23, the 1st CMF AOTK Experts Symposium will be held in Tokyo, Japan, chaired by Daniel Buchbinder.
The 6th US AOTK Experts Symposium will take place in San Francisco, on September 13 and 14, chaired by Mark Lee.
The 2nd Spine AOTK Experts Symposium is planned for September 20 and 21 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event will be chaired by Maarten Spruit and builds on the considerable success of the 2018 event, held in Montreal, Canada.

The 14th European AOTK Experts' Symposium will be held in Tuebingen, Germany on October 11 – 12, 2019, and chaired by Ulrich Stöckle und Dankward Höntzsch. Following this, from 2020, the symposium will travel to different destinations around Europe. 

L: Participants and faculty at the 3rd Latin America Symposium, Panama City, Panama, March 2018
R: Theerachai Apivatthakakul congratulates Surasak Jitprapaikulsarn for winning the case presentation, Hong Kong, China
These plans for 2019 follow a busy year of AOTK Expert Symposia offered in 2018 – which kicked off in March with the 3rd Latin America Symposium, Panama City, Panama. Chaired by Dr Rodrigo Pesantez from the Fundacion de Sante Fe de Bogotà, 25 participants enjoyed a varied program, split into five sessions held over two days. 

Each session was presented by a different member of the carefully selected regional faculty and included discussions on external fixation, geriatric pelvis and acetabulum fractures, tibial platea fractures, periprosthetic fractures of the femur, and challenges in proximal femoral nailing or the role of augmentation. Faculty members leading these sessions encouraged fast paced case-based discussions, focusing on the remaining clinical needs in these areas of fracture fixation. 

In May, AOTK joined forces with the AOTrauma Asia Pacific Current Concept Courses to host the 12th Asia Pacific Expert's Symposium in Hong Kong, China. Theerachai Apivatthakakul from Chiang Mai University Hospital chaired the one-day symposium. Over 50 participants took part in the four sessions offered.
Guided by an international faculty of leaders in their field, this symposium successfully explored the chosen topics through case reviews provided by participants. The submission of a challenging clinical case in one of the event's clinical areas was a prerequisite for attending, and AOTK was overwhelmed by the number of stimulating cases submitted with applications. Not all could be explored during the symposium, and AOTK would like to thank all those who submitted cases and congratulate Surasak Jitprapaikulsarn from Thailand for winning his case presentations in Proximal Tibial Plateau Fractures and Subtrochanteric Fractures.

L: Participants and faculty at the 1st Spine AOTK Experts' Symposium, Montreal, Canada, September 2018
R: From l-r: Michael Raschke, Max Hartelwinner of case presentation, and Pol Rommens symposium chair​, Mainz, Germany
In September, AOTK held the 1st Spine AOTK Experts' Symposium, in Montreal, Canada. Ten faculty and 22 participants from eleven countries discussed a range of topics at the one-and-a-half-day event, chaired by Maarten Spruit from Sint Maartenskliniek, Netherlands. The event was divided into five sessions in which participants and faculty discussed 30 case presentations. Those attending identified challenges for AOTK System and the industry, which the AOTK research community will work to address. The winners of the case presentations were Qian Bangping from China for his case on cervical deformity and Moyo C Kruyt from the Netherlands for his case on early onset scoliosis. 

In October 2018, the 13th European AOTK Experts' Symposium was held at the Medical University Mainz, Germany and chaired by Pol Rommens, from the University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany. During the one-and-a-half-day session, ten faculty from four countries and 43 participants from 20 countries took part in discussions and learned from each other. The output from the event will be developed into concrete results that will be shared with participants and the broader AOTK community.

In total, 27 cases were presented and Max Hartel was declared the winner for his presentation during the session on 'double plating osteosynthesis on the distal femur.' AOTK System has invited him to attend the next Lower Extremity Expert Group Meeting, an event for surgeons at different stages in their careers that appeals to both young, newly qualified health care professionals, and established leaders in their field.

Each year, AOTK System offers surgeons outstanding opportunities to come together at its Expert Symposia events and explore the greatest challenges they face in their fields. These events build on expertise and knowledge gained year on year, meaning they are able to provide ever more relevant and timely expert focus for participants, faculty, and event chairs alike.