AO Trauma hand and wrist education taskforce successfully rolls out new practical exercises

New practical exercises welcomed by faculty and participants

27 February 2019

Enhanced thenar muscle mass and (divided) volar radiocarpal ligaments after completion of the scaphoid fixation practical.ligaments after completion of the scaphoid fixation practical.

Ten new practical exercises were run for the first time during the AO Trauma hand and wrist course in Cartagena, Colombia, in September 2018.

The practicals—using the VA Hand System, corresponding teaching videos, and a series of improved Synbone models created especially for the equipment modifications—address today's hand surgery challenges. The new bone models simulate different fracture configurations as well as enhanced soft tissue changes.

Chaired by Luis Felipe Naquira Escobar from Medellin (CO), the course was supported by one international faculty member, Doug Campbell (GB), two regional faculty members, Gerardo Zarate (MX) and Ricardo Kaempf (BR), and five national faculty members. Likely questions and areas of potential confusion during one-on‐one and small group teaching were anticipated in an intense discussion among the faculty during the pre-course where the new teaching videos were reviewed.

During coffee breaks, the faculty took the opportunity to informally collect participants' feedback on the course and to more accurately understand their various views. Participants performed very well, even on the more technically challenging exercises with the revised bone models (eg, application of the phalangeal head plate that requires a brief demonstration on an overhead camera to assist participants to identify the precise location for the plate). They approved the models as lifelike and anatomically accurate.

The faculty members are uniformly impressed with the quality of the new material (instruments, implants, bone models, and videos) and feel that the level of education and experience for the participants is successfully updated and improved by the curriculum.

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