What You Should Not Miss out on in Davos: A New Approach to Knee Education

20. September 2017

Mauricio Kfuri, Chairperson of the AOTrauma Masters Course—Current Concepts—Knee Injuries and Deformities, shares a pilot project.

Mauricio Kfuri

​In this interview, Mauricio Kfuri discusses a new approach by AOTrauma towards knee education. Kfuri will chair the first knee course at the master’s level to be held at the Davos Courses this December.

How did the decision to create a new approach to learning come about?

A recent survey by the AO showed that the majority of AOTrauma members are involved with the management of joint disorders that are either related to sports or degenerative disorders. This gave us the idea to pilot a course that covers an anatomical area of the body, rather than a subset of pathologies or procedures related to it. This approach to learning has already been tested in Latin America. Since 2008, we have held a symposium on a biennial basis, which is dedicated to the knee joint.

What are your goals in developing this new way of educating?

The goal is to develop a curriculum that is based on patient’s needs rather than on specific surgical techniques. We have learned that the surgeon’s skills, background, and training ultimately may influence the therapeutic decision-making. In the knee, we have topics that are addressed by different specialists in trauma, sports, or joint reconstruction. We are proposing a course that integrates all of these areas, which gives the surgeon a comprehensive understanding about the knee joint. Even if a surgeon is not used to performing certain procedures, he or she will benefit from learning about a wide spectrum of alternatives that are available to address knee disorders. 

When will the next course be held?

A pilot knee course will be held this December at the Davos Courses. This is part of an initiative to evaluate if an educational course that is based on anatomical regions is of interest to our community of surgeons. Education that is focused on anatomical areas is not something new. In orthopedics, we have many successful models for the spine and the hand. Our experience in Latin America also backs up this proposal, as we have had hundreds of participants in attendance at knee symposiums. For instance, the most recent knee symposium was held in Brazil in August 2017, and 468 physicians from 14 countries attended. Topics included knee fractures, nonunions, deformities, cartilage, menisci, and ligament injuries. The event also brought faculty members from AOTrauma and AORecon together.

What is unique about the December course?

This event provides the opportunity to come together to cover challenging topics, including fractures and deformities around the knee. For this event, interesting sessions have been designed to discuss new surgical approaches, joint preservation, and joint replacement procedures. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this first AOTrauma Knee Course at the Davos Courses 2017.


Icon Audience AOTrauma LA Knee Symposium 2017
Icon Joseph Schatzker at the Knee Symposium in 2014
Icon Former Fellows of a program on Orthopedic Trauma and Knee Surgery at Ribeirao Preto Medical School together with Mauricio Kfuri and James Stannard