Issue: October 2017
October 03, 2017
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EFORT Congress in Barcelona: Schedule a meeting with experts you want to challenge

Issue: October 2017
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By including eight Interactive Expert Exchange sessions in the 2018 congress program, the EFORT Science Committee has built, together with several world-recognized experts, a specific agenda for confirmed specialists and/or senior consultants in various orthopedic and trauma fields.

Indeed, the Interactive Expert Exchange (IEEs) scheduled for our upcoming Barcelona meeting will allow attendees to develop or reject their engagement toward an unambiguous medical choice by extensively discussing all procedures and treatments available for a particular medical condition. The session format is the equivalent of an open discussion within a group of fellows confronting each other about their daily practices. During this direct exchange, a high involvement of practitioners from the audience is expected to continuously challenge each indication or technique presented by the faculty panel. The formula of these 2-hour-long, extra-paying sessions includes an audience vote to question and involve the attendees, as well as to measure the impact of the controversy.

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The organizer appoints four orthopedic surgeons excelling in the session main topic who, together with the organizer, give related presentations that address different problems generally found in the given medical scenario. By directly asking, “What would each of you do?” every treatment proposal will be justified or disputed depending on the strength of the existing evidence and the most persuasive advice from experts. As a second step, every speaker presents a few clinical cases bringing additional information and an accurate example (of both success and failure) for each condition or technique.

Two invited “provocateurs” raise controversy for all questions addressed during the discussion periods to increase the interactivity from the audience by continuously questioning the position of each speaker. A final analysis of any changed opinions is performed based on a second vote, during which the same initial questions are asked.

The analysis of complex situations, which are both challenging and difficult to treat, will benefit from a shared expertise. The speakers of any IEE have diverse approaches, present new treatments and introduce special solutions that aim to help specialists and senior practitioners to improve their skills.

To better organize your on-site congress experience, you can identify in advance which IEEs are directly linked to your medical experience and choose the ones you would like to attend:

Thursday 31 May 2018 | 10:00 to 12:15

Forefoot Pathologies: What to Do Open and What to Do Percutaneous?
Orthopedics - Foot & Ankle

Reconstructive Surgery in Pelvic Tumors
Orthopedics - Musculoskeletal Tumors

TKA in Severe Deformities
Orthopedics - Knee & Lower Leg

Tumours of the Thoracolumbar Spine
Orthopedics - Spine


Friday 01 June 2018 | 10:00 to 12:15

Primary Shoulder Osteoarthritis in Patients Under 50
Orthopedics - Shoulder & Upper Arm

How to Prevent, Recognize and Solve Intraoperative Complications
Orthopedics - Pelvis, Hip & Femur

Dealing with Bone Loss in Septic Surgery
Orthopedics - Musculoskeletal Infections

Complex Proximal Tibial Fractures: Plates, Fixators or Nails?
Trauma - Knee & Lower Leg Trauma

As the involvement within this special session format necessitates the payment of an additional fee, access to any of the scheduled IEEs will be granted only to participants who have preregistered to attend. Registration will be ensured up to a maximum of 200 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis and only for participants already fully registered for the congress. Prices and modalities to sign-up will be available on the registration platform as of January 2018. Join the controversy and challenge the experts.

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