03 December 2018
AORecon's Robert Hube addresses the AO Davos Courses opening ceremony 2018
The AO Davos Courses 2018 began with a formal opening ceremony held at the Congress Center Davos. Davos welcomes over 1,200 participants and more than 360 faculty from 87 countries for the AO's flagship event, which sees 22 courses offered in the fields of trauma, spine, CMF, veterinary, and recon surgery.
The AO then and now
During the opening ceremony, AO Foundation President Robert McGuire gave assembled participants and guests an insight into the AO's history, and shared his perspective on what this means for the AO today. He emphasized the AO's reputation for being the gold-standard in education and highlighted how much the AO has grown, both in geographical terms and in its range of activities—responding to new and changing needs in the global population.
AORecon's educational role
Looking back at the years since AORecon's establishment, Robert Hube said "AORecon, if you look at the last five years it is really a success story, and it is built of course on the AO strengths. The primary focus is on education according to the principles and techniques."
Hube is recognized for his experience in minimally invasive and revision hip and knee replacement. He is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Charité Berlin and heads the Center of Joint Replacement at the OCM/SANA Campus in Munich.
Within AORecon's Curriculum Taskforce for hip and knee arthroplasty, Hube has contributed to the development of the competency-based course program. As a member of the AORecon Education Forum, he also plays a role in the strategic leadership for AORecon's educational content.
The AO Spirit continues in AORecon
During his talk, Hube highlighted the importance of AORecon's independence as an education provider, and its commitment to excellence and the AO principles—which are at the core of all AORecon's activities.
He gave the diverse audience a sense of the extent to which AORecon is growing each year, offering an ever-increasing number of courses in an even broader range of geographies, and encouraged those present to take inspiration from the AO spirit, and get involved.
Hube further discussed the role that education plays for AO members, and the broader professional health care community globally. He outlined the work that AORecon does to build a faculty pool built on excellence and education. Discussing the importance of education and educational research, Hube emphasized online support and digital knowledge exchange.
In addition to his well-received speech at the opening ceremony, Robert Hube is contributing to the AO Davos Courses 2018 as one of the two chairpersons of the AORecon course on complex and revision hip and knee arthroplasty.