AO Davos Courses 2018—a review
AO Trauma has successful two weeks at the AO Davos Courses 2018
14 December 2018
AO Trauma has concluded a successful two weeks at the AO Davos Courses 2018. In addition to the special events held during this year's courses to mark the AO Foundation's 60th anniversary, this year also saw AO Trauma mark its own first decade as a clinical division.
In the AO Davos Courses 2018, AO Trauma offered 13 courses, including several self-directed learning modules, offering high-level, evidence-based education to 810 participants from 77 countries.
The courses kicked off with a pre-course event led by Robert Fox, who has been involved in AO Education as an education leader, coach, and program developer for 15 years. Fox was honored for his lifetime contributions to AO Education, in particular for his role shaping AO's faculty development program into what it is today – a system that offers the world's best surgeons the chance to become the best teachers in their field, all working towards excellence in patient care.
This year's AO Davos Courses also saw the first ever winners receive the AO Trauma Innovation in Education award. Klaus Dresing and his VirtX-team's "Virtual-reality-simulator for teaching radiation hazards prevention" will make future education possible without x-rays and will significantly help reduce cancer risks for surgeons.
AO Trauma participants took advantage of outstanding opportunities to network and share experiences during the side events. The ever-popular Fireside Chat events offered course participants the chance to discuss particularly challenging cases in an informal atmosphere. The Fellows' Reception saw lively debate between current and past fellows and AO Trauma International Board Chairperson Kodi Kojima, AO Trauma Community Development Commission Chairperson Samir Mehta, and AO Trauma Education Commission Chairperson Wa'el Taha.