AO Spine hospital-based seminars rolled out in Russia
10 March 2021
A rare face-to-face meeting took place in late February at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, where 20 surgeons came together for a half-day hospital-based seminar. In addition, more than 50 people followed the live broadcast of the seminar via YouTube, with the possibility to ask questions via an online chat function. The new hybrid format proved functional and successful and the plan is to expand its use.
The AO Spine hospital-based seminars are compact educational events that cover the fundamentals of a particular spine condition. The Kurgan seminar was the first in a series of five events and focused on treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity.
With the help of cases studies, the AO Spine hospital-based seminars assess treatment of various conditions from physical examination through imaging interpretation and surgical and non-surgical potential approaches. Ilgiz Garipov from Ufa says he enjoyed the experience: "This AO seminar was a valuable educational experience for me.”
AO Spine Russian Federation Council Chairperson Sergey Ryabykh was joined in Kurgan by five faculty members from different AO Spine centers around Russia. Encouraged by the good results of the hybrid event, he sees room for expanding the format. “We plan to use this format in all or almost all of our seminars. I recommend and think the audience should be expanded to 100–150 participants.”
The next Russian-English seminar will focus on Spinal Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury in Nizhny Novgorod on March 19, 2021. It is offered to residents and surgeons in training at the Trauma and Orthopedics Institute of Privolzhskii Research Medical University by Sergey Mlyavykh, Igor Basankin, and Andrey Bokov.
Further events will focus on Infection and Inflammatory Spine Disease in St. Petersburg on May 15; Degenerative Cervical Spine in Moscow on June 30; and Degenerative Lumbar Spine (MISS) in Novosibirsk on October 22, 2021.