15 February 2019 (Last updated: 15 Feb 2019 11:48)
Exam Orientation course
The course was prefaced by the preparation course for the European Board of Hand Surgery Exam. This is organised by Mr Anuj Mishra. It consisted of talks on the format of the exam and a note from a successful previous candidate. These were followed by a series of mock MCQ’s with discussions and finally practice viva sessions. The viva sessions were as always very popular and there was much demand afterwards for a much longer session. The organisers are grateful to Miss Gill Smith, Mr Dai Newington, Dr Marybeth Ezaki, Mr Ian Grant and Miss Grainne Bourke for helping with this.
7.5 Congenital and Tumours
On Friday 1 February we had a series of lectures. The main topics for this series are congenital hand and tumours. Inevitably there is far too much to be covered in each of these topics in half a day and we had to be selective. Our guest speakers were Dr Stefane Guero from Paris, Dr Marybeth Ezaki from Texas Scottish Rite and Professor Stephen Hovius from The Netherlands together with our UK experts. The standard of the lectures was in my opinion outstanding.
In the afternoon we had a series of talks largely organised by a combination of the tumour surgeons from Oswestry and from Birmingham who had made the organisers’ life easy by suggesting topics and titles and by sticking to their brief. The lectures were again of quite exceptional quality.
Unfortunately, there had been very little time for questions throughout the day but in the afternoon Dr Marybeth Ezaki and Professor Hovius kindly came back after a long and tiring day and held some paediatric case presentations. This lasted from 5.15 pm to 6 pm and after the first few people had left the rest of the audience were gripped for the presentations and showed little signs of wanting to leave.
On Saturday 2 February we continued the new format of a round robin tutorials. These were held in the Doubletree by Hilton which lends itself very well to this. The facilities are very comfortable. The rooms are light and airy and once we had overcome a few audio-visual problems the day seemed to run well. There is tea and coffee on tap all day long which is a very nice touch.
For this session we welcomed also Dr Massimo Corain from Verona. There was a practical session on syndactyly and all delegates went home with a rubber glove with their syndactyly incisions drawn on it as a souvenir. There were also sessions on thumb hypoplasia, on camptodactyly, clinodactyly and Madelung, on arthrogryposis, macrodactyly and Apert’s, on missing digits and then some excellent presentations on benign and malignant bone tumour and benign and malignant soft tissue tumour cases.
Preview of ICHS 7.6
We are looking forward to the next programme which will be on 14 and 15 June and will be largely on wrist. The confirmed speakers for this so far are Dr Praveen Bhardwaj (Coimbatore), Professor Kevin Chung (Michigan), Dr Jean Michel Cognet (Reims), Professor Arnold Schuurman (The Netherlands) and Dr Frederick Verstreken (Antwerp), for what promises to be hopefully another outstanding session. Please remember that this is preceded on Thursday 13 June by the practical cadaver course. Once again there will a series of lectures on the Friday and case-based discussions on the Saturday. For this session we are going to try to stratify the groups to see if this can help make the discussion more relevant to each level of expertise.
If you would like any information about any aspect of the courses, please feel free to contact me or any of the committee.
As always, I am hugely indebted to the committee who work so hard to make everything run so smoothly.
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