Kodi Kojima focuses on the future for AO Trauma at AO Davos Courses opening ceremony

The AO's flagship educational event started on Sunday December 1.

02 December 2019

Kodi Kojima
Kodi Kojima, Chair of the AO Trauma International Board, at the AO Davos Courses 2019 opening ceremony

The AO's flagship educational event, the AO Davos Courses, opened on Sunday, December 1, with an opening ceremony led by AO President Robert McGuire.

The opening ceremony began on a sombre note, as the president, assembled participants, guests, and faculty, honored the legacy of Prof. Stephan M. Perren, who died suddenly on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Davos, Switzerland. In his opening address, the AO's president focused on the particular qualities that set the AO apart from other organizations in its fields: the emphasis it places on peer-to-peer cooperation, the opportunities it offers health care professionals to advance their skills throughout their career, and the advances it is making in research, development, and innovation.

AO Trauma International Board Chairperson Kodi Kojima, shared some insights into AO Trauma's plans for the coming year, and focused in particular on its Competency Training and Assessment Program (CTAP), and simulation in surgeon education. "We at AO Trauma learn from the past, but we look to the future," Kodi said. CTAP's goal is, he explained, to foster the position of the AO as the global leader in postgraduate medical education, and to establish AO as provider of internationally recognized certificates of proficiency in key areas of trauma surgery.

"The idea of CTAP is to keep us the global leader in medical education, but also to give an internationally recognized certificate of proficiency, and be the leader in training and assessment," Kodi stressed

President-Elect Florian Gebhard outlined the AO's innovation landscape and gave an overview of the ways in which the AO supports the broader community in helping bring their innovative ideas from paper to patients. Through its strategy fund and development incubator, the AO helps surgeons develop their innovative ideas and bring them to market.

Other speakers included Bassam Masri, who addressed the audience on behalf of AO Recon, and the Director of the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) who gave an overview of ARI's most interesting ongoing research projects. Geoff closed his presentation with some words about his mentor, Professor Stephan M Perren, and his approach to research, quoting him as saying "In research, questioning generally accepted theorems allows and unleashes creativity."

Freedom of thought in research and development is especially important today, in a regulatory environment that is increasingly complex, and in markets that are particularly risk averse.
Delivering real improvements in patient care and outcomes requires spaces, like the AO, where the finest minds in their field can come together, experiment, and create solutions that deliver lasting impact. The speakers all brought their own perspective on the AO's current activities, but the message was clear: the AO is an inherently innovative organization dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes.

“In research, questioning generally accepted theorems allows and unleashes creativity.”

Professor Stephan M Perren


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