The world’s orthopaedic association hosts a world-class meeting
The SICOT XXV Triennial World Congress (TWC) welcomed more than 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries to Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 6–9, 2011. SICOT—the Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie or the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology—is an international nonprofit association dedicated to promoting the advancement of the science and art of orthopaedics and traumatology at international levels to improve patient care and to foster and develop teaching, research, and education.
As chair of SICOT USA, I attended the meeting and was truly impressed by the breadth of the educational sessions, the participation by nations, and the interactions among societies. The 2011 TWC received more than 2,300 abstracts for oral and paper presentations from 80 countries. The greatest number of submissions came from India (404), followed by the United Kingdom (346), Japan (193), South Korea (110), and Russia (99). Of the submitted abstracts, 779 were accepted as oral presentations and 901 as e-posters, which were presented during 82 free paper sessions and 7 focused poster sessions.
Attendees could also choose from 17 instructional course lectures, 11 special symposia, and numerous case-based oral presentations on topics ranging from tumors, trauma, patient safety, treatment (surgical and nonsurgical) to clinical and experimental research. Specialty societies such as the International Federation of Paediatric Orthopaedic Societies, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy, presented open sessions, as did the International Society for Minimal Intervention of Spinal Surgery, the International Hip Society, the World Orthopaedic Concern, the European Society for the Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow, the International Clubfoot Congress, and the Association for the Rational Treatment of Fractures. These events further contributed to the educational goals established by SICOT.
SICOT International appointed the following new leaders during this year’s TWC:
- President—Professor Maurice Hinsenkamp, MD (Belgium)
- President-Elect—Professor Keith Dip-Kei Luk, MD (Hong Kong)
- First Vice President—Kandiah Raveendran, MD (Malaysia)
- Secretary-General—Professor Jochen Eulert, MD (Germany)
- Treasurer—Dr. Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran (India)
- Vice President Europe—Andrzej Bohatyrewicz, MD (Poland)
- Vice President North America—John Paul Dormans, MD (United States)
- Vice President Asia Pacific—Kandiah Raveendran, MD (Malaysia)
- Vice President Africa, Near and Middle East—Thamar Hamden, MD (Iraq)
- Vice President Latin America—Eduardo Zamudio, MD
- Editorial Secretary—Hatem G. Said, MD (Egypt)
To encourage the dissemination of orthopaedic knowledge globally, SICOT also strives to develop strong partnerships with both national and international societies. The partnership campaign known as “Friendship Nations” recognizes and honors specific countries at each SICOT meeting. At the XXV TWC, China and Russian-speaking countries were the 2011 Friendship Nations. The officers of these national societies were honored and they, as well as participants from these selected nations, were recognized.
SICOT also welcomed a number of distinguished guests to this year’s TWC. Presidents from more than 30 national and international societies, including AAOS President Daniel J. Berry, MD, gave lectures and attended scheduled events. Thanks to the SICOT board of directors, SICOT personnel, and participating SICOT members, the XXV SICOT Triennial World Congress was an informative and enjoyable experience.
The AAOS and SICOT International are sponsoring two scholarships to the 2012 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This year’s scholarship recipients, chosen from among the winners of the best free paper and poster presentations from the TWC in Prague, are Ivor Vanhegan, BSc(Hons), MBBS, MRCS, Dip SEM, from the United Kingdom, and Yoon Jong Jang, MD, of the Republic of Korea. In addition, the AAOS and SICOT USA sponsor one scholarship to a course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill., and an observership. The winner of that scholarship will be announced within the next month.
I encourage AAOS members to support and attend future SICOT meetings, such as next year’s Combined SICOT & Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association (PAOA) Orthopaedic World Conference, scheduled for Nov. 28–Dec. 1, 2012, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more information about SICOT, visit the website, www.sicot.org
John P. Dormans, MD, is chair of SICOT USA and Vice President North America for SICOT International.