Shoulder Club International is an international group focused on education regarding shoulder and sports medicine. It includes several international shoulder experts from the United States, Netherlands, Kosovo, United Kingdom, Korea, Italy, France and Turkey.
The goal of the Shoulder Club International (SCI) is to organize annual educational activities, such as symposiums and cadaver labs that offer high-level scientific collaboration, together with the European School for Training in Orthopaedics (ESTRO). The organization has received recognition of the quality and depth of its educational programs from The European Orthopaedics and Traumatology Education Platform (EOTEP) of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopeadics and Traumatology (EFORT) in the form of accreditation.
In accordance with the aforementioned purpose, the third SCI Cadaver and Simulation Course was successfully held February 16 to 17 in in Ankara, Turkey, in collaboration with EFORT. We are thrilled to have hosted more than 60 participants from 11 countries, which included Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Kosovo, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, United Arab Emirates, United States and Turkey.
Expert trainers, arthroscopic simulation
During the course, orthopaedic surgeons from different regions of the world gathered to discuss cases and learn shoulder arthroscopy with a high-fidelity arthroscopic simulator. There were interactive questionnaires trainees could use to evaluate themselves throughout the course. There was an outstanding national and international faculty that included Edward G. McFaland (USA), Nikolas Garbis (USA), Giulio Maria Marcheggiani Muccioli (Italy), Filippo Familiari (Italy), Anouk Giesberts (Netherlands) and Bujar Shabani (Kosovo).
Keeping in mind the Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand,” we included training to improve students’ motor skills as well as quality and in-depth scientific content. The first day of the course focused on presentations and case discussions about shoulder pathologies from clavicle fractures to frozen shoulder — and comparisons of preferred treatment methods, such as anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty and reverse shoulder arthroplasty. During the discussions, the experienced trainers interacted with the trainees about decision-making, as well as the various and most recent surgical techniques. Each participant had the opportunity to practice on the arthroscopic simulator and perform specific cases in the shoulder.
Open and arthroscopic procedures
The second day was focused on hands-on sessions using cadavers and on different surgical techniques. The trainees had the chance to perform and assist surgical procedures on their own and with commentary from the experts. In the morning session of the hands-on part of the program, Bankart and superior labrum anterior and posterior or SLAP repairs, and rotator cuff repairs with double-row technique were performed by the participants after watching a video of the surgery delivered by the shoulder experts. The afternoon session of the cadaver session was focused on tips and tricks of open procedures in the shoulder. Each participant had the opportunity to perform reverse TSA, biseps tenodesis and reconstruction of acromioclavicular separations with a polymer cerclage technique.
We extend our deep appreciation to the division of shoulder surgery at The Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, the Turkish Shoulder and Elbow Society and EFORT-EOTEP for their generous academic support for the course. We also thank the participants for this memorable experience and look forward to seeing everyone at our next event.
- For more information:
- Gazi Huri, MD, can be reached at Hacettepe University Hospital, Orthopaedics and Traumatology Department, Ankara, Turkey; email: email@example.com.
- Bilgesu Tepe can be reached at Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosures: Huri and Tepe report no relevant financial disclosures.