October 07, 2019
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Meet and challenge the experts at the EFORT Congress in Vienna

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By including five Interactive Expert Exchange sessions in the 2020 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 orthopaedic and trauma specialties. Indeed, this particular format of congress sessions allows attendees to sustain or reject a commonly used procedure by extensively discussing all treatments available for a specific medical condition.

An Interactive Expert Exchange (IEE) is therefore the equivalent of an open discussion within a group of fellows confronting each other about their daily practice. During this direct exchange, a high involvement of practitioners from the audience occurs and challenges each indication or technique presented by the invited faculty panel invited.

The program of these sessions includes audience-voting moments to involve the attendees in the decisional steps, as well as to measure the impact of the controversy raised. Indeed, by directly asking participants what they would do, all treatment options will be debated depending on the strength of the existing evidence and the most persuasive advice from experts.

The organizers of the several IEEs to be featured in Vienna have appointed orthopaedic surgeons excelling in each main topic to give related presentations while addressing different problems found in the medical scenario given. As a second step, every speaker presents a few clinical cases that bring additional information and provide 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 and challenging each argument presented. A final analysis of any changed opinions is performed based on a second voting session during which the same initial questions are asked.

By means of this interactive format, the analysis of complex situations, which are both challenging and difficult to treat, will benefit from shared expertise. The speakers of any IEE should present diverse approaches, new treatment options and introduce precise individual solutions to help specialists and senior practitioners/consultants improve their skills in the specialty.


Potential 2020 Congress attendees can include the schedules of these IEE sessions in their Congress agenda:

Thursday 11 June 2020 | 10:00 to 12:15

Partial Knee Replacement: How Far We Can Push It?
Orthopaedics – Knee and Lower Leg
Organizer: Dr. Emmanuel Thienpont – Brussels, Belgium

Simple Bone Cysts of the Proximal Femur in Children: Is That so Simple?
Orthopaedics – Paediatric Orthopaedics
Organizer: Dr. Inês Balacó – Coimbra, Portugal

Treatment Options for Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears
Orthopaedics – Shoulder and Upper Arm
Organizer: Prof. Mehmet Demirhan (Turkey) – Istanbul, Turkey

Friday 12 June 2020 | 10:00 to 12:15

Proximal Femur Fractures: The Case I learnt the Most
Trauma – Hip Trauma
Organizer: Prof. Ulrich Stöckle – Berlin, Germany

Planning in Revision Knee Arthroplasty: Key Points for a Good Job
Orthopaedics – Knee and Lower Leg
Organizer: Prof. Michael Tobias Hirschmann – Basel, Switzerland

All IEE sessions can be attended by any participant with a full congress registration. Details to register for the upcoming Vienna meeting will be available on the registration platform as of January 2020. Join the controversy and challenge the experts.