AAOS-Romania Cooperative Shoulder Program

Romania Lock-up pic

Date:   April 18-22, 2016
Location:  Timisoara, Romania
AAOS Faculty:  Guido Marra, MD and William Stetson, MD 
Local Coordinators:          Radu Prejbeanu, MD, PhD and Jenel Patrascu, MD, PhD
Local Faculty:  Cristian-Tudor Buescu, MD (Romania)

 Ion Codorean, MD (Romania)
 Semin Becirbegovic, MD (Bosnia)
 Cosmin Faur, MD, PhD (Romania)
 Horia Haragus, MD, PhD (Romania)
 Petru Razvan Melinte, MD, PhD (Romania)
 Mihai Dan Roman, MD, PhD (Romania)

Program Partners:  Victor Babes University, Spitalul Clinic

AAOS-Romania 2016 Shoulder Course Agenda

The 2016 AAOS-Romania Shoulder Program was held in Timisoara, Romania on April 18-22, 2016.  This was the second year of a three-year program.

The program follows a train-the-trainer model.  Seven local faculty were trained by two US faculty, Dr. Guido Marra and Dr. William B. Stetson, in a three-day advanced training program.  The advanced training included lectures, case-based learning and clinic patient assessment.  Three or four additional local faculty will be trained in the third year. 

The US and local faculty then taught a two-day Basic Shoulder Course with 78 participants in attendance.  The goal of the course was to provide participants with an introduction to shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty.  Participants learned the current techniques used in the surgical management of shoulder trauma, instability and rotator cuff disease.  The course featured Alex model and knot-tying stations and surgical video demonstrations with small group discussions. 

Participant feedback has been positive over the last two years and this program will serve as a model for future programs.  99% of participants said they would recommend this course to a colleague.  One participant commented, “In Romania shoulder knowledge is very low and I think that everyone should learn from these courses.”

Local faculty will have a more significant role in teaching in Year 3 of the program, and will eventually run the program independently. 

Romania Expert Panel
Local faculty participate in a discussion at the Shoulder Course.
Photo Credit: SC Televiziunea Medicala SRL

Additional information regarding this program may be found on our flyer

If you have any questions, you may reach us at international@aaos.org