Good Clinical Practice

02. February 2017

A participant's experience of the Good Clinical Practice course in Davos in December 9-10, 2016.

Pablo Martínez participating in a small group discussion.

​The Good Clinical Practice 2016 course was held over two days at the end of week one of the AO Davos Courses 2016. AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID) have developed a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course to meet the needs of site investigators and other members of a clinical research team. Something unique to this GCP course is the clear focus on the principles for the planning, conduct and publication of clinical studies with medical devices thanks to AOCID’s experience in the AO’s specialties of Trauma, Spine, and Craniomaxillofacial surgery. The two-day course program, which is accredited by the working group of Swiss Ethics Committees (swissethics), consists of lectures, combined with workshops and discussions.

This is the sixth year the course has taken place during the AO Davos Courses and there were 36 participants from 19 countries attending the course given by six members of the AOCID team. One of the attendees, Pablo Martínez Acosta (Hospital Regional De Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay), gave the following interview to a member of the AOCID teaching team:

Pablo Martínez conducting an interview with Dr Anahí Hurtado of AOCID.

How did you hear about the course?
I received an email invitation, I looked at it, evaluated and I took the decision to come here with high expectations. In addition to being a traumatologist, l am an orthopedic surgeon, and perform many emergency surgeries. I am also a teacher at the university. We have a small university in my town where I teach traumatology and we do observational research. My intention is to strengthen our team and that's why I am here.

Why did you sign up for this course?
I am interested in research. I live in the OR and I see a lot of clinical cases that initially appear simple but on many occasions complications arise, first due to the lack of resources and second due to the lack of clinical evidence. Therefore it would be very important to do clinical research, even if we are in a remote area, to define the problematic cases, particularly in the case of infections.

What impact do you expect this course to have on your clinical research career?
I expect it to consolidate my dream of forming a research hub at my hospital.

What did you enjoy the most about the course?
Its didactic methods. I am a teacher and I always liked AO's methodology and dynamics. I have difficulties with the (English) language, but I understand easily because knowledge transfer techniques within the AO are so easy that one can easily absorb it.

Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Certainly! I already called a young colleague and told him to register in this course, because I have a very young colleague who is starting and he is very interested in research. It is very likely that he will come here next year.

For a more detailed overview of the course, please visit the dedicated GCP website.