FacultyFocus AO CMF

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the second 2022 edition of FacultyFocus, the newsletter featuring information specially selected for you as AO CMF faculty.

Please allow me to introduce myself: I am new to this position, but far from new to AO CMF. After becoming AO CMF international faculty in 2004, I completed the AO’s Regional Education Team Training (RETT), the Faculty Education Program (FEP), Chairperson Education Program (CEP), and Leadership Education Program. In addition to my duties as Chief of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Padua Media Center and Assistant Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Padua Medical School’s Department of Neurosciences in Italy, I am a member of the AO CMF COVID-19 Task Force. I have served as AO CMF Europe and Southern Africa (AO CMFESA) Regional Fellowship coordinator, was on the AO CMF ESA Board from 2015–2020, and was a member of the AO Technical Commission Facial Trauma and Reconstruction Expert Group (AO TC FTREG) from 2011–2015. I authored the nasoorbitoethmoidal and nasal fracture chapter of the AO Surgery Reference and I am a member of the Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction Editorial Board.

In my role as chairperson of the AO CMF Education Commission, I want to help improve the quality of our educational events by making changes based on faculty and course participants’ feedback, possibly by using a tool that can assess the real patient care outcome resulting from surgeons attending AO CMF courses. Another of my priorities is to make gold-standard AO CMF courses and events accessible to surgeons in lower-resource countries: We could do that by increasing our online offering and making courses more affordable.

One more project will be to harmonize the AO CMF advanced courses through backward planning and needs assessment, as we did with the Management of Facial Trauma (MFT) courses. The AO CMF Education Commission will review the Terms of Reference and the electoral process for the chairperson and commission members, in view of the current transition process to a functional regional board format. We will also review the program and format of the Lighthouse courses to make them available to all regions.

In this issue of the FacultyFocus, I invite you to read about the first-ever, face-to-face, on-site meeting of the AO CMF Education in Barcelona earlier this year. Additionally, you won’t want to miss the article on our recent launch of CTRead, a new learning tool for residents to train in interpreting computed tomography (CT) facial bone scans.

Additionally in this issue, we bring you a video, “Online learning is here to stay: perspectives on online teaching and learning.”

Plus, we update you on the successful pilot of the AO Access Mentorship Program and the upcoming launch of the full program. To become a mentor or mentee, or to just keep up with new trends, start the AO Access Journey, a series of continuing medical education-accredited online modules—all part of the AO Access Journey: learning, leading, and leveraging your knowledge, so you can take a proactive role in growing together as a community.

Moreover, in this edition you will learn how the AO Alliance is advancing patient care in Ghana by exposing traditional bonesetters to appropriate nonoperative methods of fracture treatment, and you will have a chance to get up to speed on three articles published in peer-reviewed journals based on collaborations between AO Trauma, AO Spine, AO CMF, and AO VET surgeons and the AO Education Institute (AO EI).

You will also get all the details about the release of CaseFolio and how this myAO feature takes clinical data sharing to a new level. Last but not least, we bring you our regular 10 tips column—this time with tips for developing your learners’ motivation.

Enjoy reading this news-rich edition of FacultyFocus!

Best regards,

Stefano Fusetti

Chairperson, AO CMF Education Commission