AO CMF Education Commission meets in Barcelona


The AO CMF Education Commission (AO CMFEC) met for the first time ever on May 3, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain, to tackle a broad range of topics that are key to its work to establish standards, coordinate and leverage ideas, and ensure best practice transfer between the regions in the fields of education.

Among the key topics discussed at the meeting were the AO CMF Terms of Reference and electoral process, including the electoral body for the role of chairperson and regional members: the transition to functional boards and the impact of AO CMF EC members; faculty curriculum development and the AO CMFEC’s role; the global dissemination of the renowned AO CMF Lighthouse courses and finalization of the format and chairpersons of AO CMF educational events at the AO Davos Courses 2022:

Amir Elbarbary (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt) and Max Heiland (Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany) are the heads of the organizing committee for the AO CMF courses at the AO Davos Courses 2022. Chairing the AO CMF Masters Course—Management of Facial Trauma and Advanced Maxillofacial Techniques will be Larry Cunningham (University of Pittsburg, United States) and Stefano Fusetti (University of Padua, Padua, Italy). Chairpersons of the AO CMF Masters Course—
Aesthetic and Functional Surgery of the Nose and Midface are Fernando Briceño (Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia) and Mike Leung (Prince Philip Dental Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong).

Taking part in the meeting were the existing AO CMFEC members Irfan Shah, chairperson ad interim and representative of AO CMF Middle East and Northern Africa (AO CMFMENA); Larry Cunningham, AO CMF North America (AO CMFNA); Fernando Briceño, AO CMF Latin America (AO CMFLA); and Mike Leung, AO CMF Asia Pacific (AO CMFAP). Guests included incoming AO CMFEC Chairperson Stefano Fusetti; Manjunath Margasahayam, AO CMFEC member-elect MENA; AO CMF International Board Chairperson Gregorio Sánchez-Ancieto; Marcelo Figari, AO CMF representative to the AO Foundation Board (AOFB); AO CMF Network Development Commission Chairperson Sabine Girod; and DePuy Synthes representative Stefan Oberholzer. The meeting was also attended by a number of AO CMF representatives and regional managers, as well as AO Education Institute (AO EI) Manager Curriculum Development Michael Cunningham.

The next AO CMFEC meeting will take place online on October 18; a face-to-face, on-site meeting is scheduled for December 4 at the start of the AO Davos Courses 2022 in Davos, Switzerland.