10 August 2016
Tremendous run on AORecon principles course in Bogota
For the first time in Latin America, an AORecon Principles course has taken place, addressing the need for principles education in the field of total hip and knee arthroplasty. The event’s 60 seats were filled very quickly, and the waiting list included 68 people from all over Latin America who were eager to be part of this event.
In the post evaluation, the participants rated the lectures and speakers very high. Over 90% of the participants stated that they learned something new and plan to use it in their daily practice, and 100% stated that they would recommend the course to their colleagues.
Beyond the content, the quality of the faculty body contributed to the course’s success. For the first time, the course was preceded by an extended precourse for faculty members. This included an extract from the AO Faculty Education Program, which was introduced by very experienced faculty, and well-received by the course faculty. To conclude the pre-course, chairperson Bas Masri emphasized once again the importance of teaching principles rather than products, which reflects a basic principle of the AO Foundation.
Supported by past AO president
Jaime Quintero, past AO president (2012-2014), accompanied the entire course from the planning phase to the debriefing. Therefore, the event could benefit from his wide network and profound experience. Furthermore, he was one of our symposium speakers at ELCCR.
Outlook on future courses
To respond to the huge appetite for orthopedic education in Latin America, AORecon will hold a further course in Brazil in July 2017. In 2018, AORecon will conduct two further principles in Latin America—again in Colombia, and for the first time in Argentina.