AO Center trauma course organized for Swiss medical students
AO Research Institute Davos hosts 40 students in January 2012
18 January 2012
The AO Foundation organizes popular trauma courses for medical students from Swiss universities which take place at the AO Center in Davos in January each year.
This year about 40 participating students had the opportunity to get an insight into emergency treatment for polytrauma patients and the principles of osteosynthesis ie, the operative treatment of bone fractures. There was some theoretical content, but the emphasis was clearly on practical exercises. The participants were introduced to modern techniques of ostheosynthesis and they had the opportunity to practice on artificial bones: how to treat a fracture using surgical instruments, screws, plates and nails. They were guided by a team of expert course instructors, Dr Raphael Jenni of the Kantonsspital Chur and Dr Christian Ryf of the Spital Davos as well as other experienced surgeons.
During a tour through the AO Research Institute Davos facilities, interesting projects from various research teams were presented to the participants, often followed by lively discussions about future treatment possibilities. Finally the students had the opportunity to experience the pitfalls of surgical practice at the "Playgound". The atmosphere was enthusiastic, and for some of the future surgeons this first contact may well lead to a closer relationship with the AO Foundation's network of surgeons.