Archive for “February, 2014”

March events coming up

event calendar


4-7: AOTrauma Course—Advanced Principles on Fracture Management, Kiev, Ukraine
6-7: AOSpine Masters Symposium—Trauma Spine, Jerusalem, Israel
6-7: AOSpine Principles Symposium—Trauma Spine, Murau, Austria
6-8: AOTrauma—Handkurs I, Düsseldorf, Germany
8-30: AOTrauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management, Muscat, Oman
10-12: AOCMF Principles Course (pre PAN-Africa congress), Nairobi, Kenya
10-13: AOTrauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Melbourne
11: AOSpine Masters Live Tissue Training—Spine Approaches and Complications Management, Cape Town, South Africa
11-15: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
12-14: Unfallchirurgische Standardzugänge, Bochum, Germany
13-14: AOSpine Principles Specimen Course—Basic Trauma, Ulm, Germany
13-15: AOTrauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management, Larissa, Greece
15-18: Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting 2014, New Orleans, LA
15: The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Specialty Day, New Orleans, LA
17-20: AOTrauma Kurs I, Freiburg, Germany
17-19: AOTrauma Seminar—CAD—Ortogeriatria Periarticulares, Madrid, Spain
19-20: AOTrauma—Spezialkurs Polytrauma für ORP, Solothurn, Switzerland
19-22: Fit after eight: Doppelmodul 1 und 2, Munich
20-30: AOTrauma Course—Shoulder on Anatomical Specimen, Arezzo, Italy
20-22: AOTrauma Course – Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Patna, India
21-22: AOCMF Principles Course for ORP, Copenhagen, Denmark
21-22: AOTrauma Current Concepts Course—Geriatic Fractures, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
21: AOTrauma A8 Seminar, Ruhpolding, Germany
22-26: AOTrauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management for ORP, Lyon, France
23-26: AOTrauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Sainte-Maxime, France
25-27: AOTrauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Haifa, Israel
25-27: AOTrauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management for ORP, Haifa, Israel
25-28: German Society of Surgery Congress, Berlin
26-28: AOCMF TMJ Principles Course, Bonn / Aachen, Germany
27: AOSpine Webinar 2, Duebendorf, Switzerland
28-30: AOSpine Principles Course—Lumbar Spine, Cairo, Egypt
28-29: AOSpine Principles Symposium—Degenerative Spine, Bursa, Turkey

Insights Orthopedics: easier to use and more interactive!

New features

As a user of Insights Orthopedics you have probably noticed that we have released some new features in the app in order to make communication between you and us easier and more interactive in the future.

The tutorial is a step by step instruction on how to use the app. Don’t need it? Just click on “Got it” and it stops showing the tutorial.

Click on the “Search” icon and you will access the search engine and the Settings area (click on “About Insights Orthopedics”). Now we make it easy for you to:

– Create an account with us or use social media access so that you can read your booked marked articles from any iPad
Recommend the app to a friend
Rate our app on the App Store
– Become a Medical Insights Ambassador
– Suggest new sources to be implemented

Don’t have the app yet?! No problem, just download it for free and start enjoying the endless services we offer you!

Prof. Bernhard Jost from St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital on working in a digitalized world

Prof. Bernhard Jost

Dr. Bernhard Jost is Chief Medical at the Clinic of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology at the Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

During a telephone interview he explained to us why his department is on its best way to digitalization.

1. How has the digital transformation affected you and your work at the Cantonal Hospital?

Naturally I could not escape the development of the past years and frankly speaking, I am grateful for this. The access to medical information has changed tremendously and instead of going through physical books in a brick and mortar library for searching and copying during endless days, we have finally moved towards digital libraries. Our department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology has somehow always been receptive of new technologies and we have adapted them quite openly and quickly into our daily business. So it will not surprise anyone that most of the journals are only available digitally.

2. Do you consider yourself a tech-savvy surgeon?

I would not say that I am tech-savvy, but I definitely embrace new media. Let’s talk about VuMedi for example. You can easily access their video database, comment on the videos and exchange opinions with your peers. In a journal you would not be able to do this, connect to other surgeons instantly and have a discussion. Today’s young generation does not fear the flood of data. To the contrary, my experience is that they get along with it quite well.

3. What do you recommend young surgeons how they should use new media in their daily business?

They have to make sure that they know and respect the structure of their clinic. General platforms where they can find peered reviewed articles and where scientific standards are applied are important. There are a lot of mobile apps out there that can support them in their daily work. I would prefer not to recommend specific ones but anatomy apps, 3D apps and magazine apps are great and easy to work with.

4. What about yourself and the usage of apps?

I like to use them, the majority of which are hospital internal apps. One of the most useful ones which is also accessible to other surgeons outside of the Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen is the Guidelines app. I also use the PC access to our knowledge database, smartphone feeds or newsletter subscriptions in order to keep myself up to date.

Journal Cubs share their reading lists with you!

JC Stanford

Even though we constantly try our very best to bring together the most relevant content from different sources for you, we know how challenging it still is to filter the most important information out of the data flood.

We have already integrated several features that make searching and filtering easier and more efficient for you as our powerful search engine and the predefined topic search pages. With the launch of our Journal Club Reading List, we provide you with another tool that enables you to stay on top of what the most renowned orthopaedic residency programs discuss in their monthly meetings.

Follow what Harvard, Stanford , Rady Children’s Specialists and many other Journal Clubs review! And stay tuned for other universities to join. If you are the program director of an orthopaedic training program and are interested in joining the Journal Club Reading List on Insights Orthopedics, please send an email to

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Meet and greet with Dr. Nikolaus Renner

Dr. Nikolaus Renner

Dr. Nikolaus Renner is Chief Surgeon of the Department of Traumatology and Sports Medicine at the Cantonal Hospital of Aarau, Switzerland. Furthermore he serves as the Chairperson of the AOTrauma International Board.

We met him at the AO Davos Courses back in December and had the chance to discuss the importance of medical education in times of technological changes with him.

1. How do you see the change of access to medical knowledge?

I embrace the possibilities that new technologies offer us. I remember the painful times when the access to information was only limited to catalogues at our university library. Nowadays it is more the question of how to find the right information among the overload of sources available to surgeons and students.

2. How do these technologies influence your daily life?

I wish that I had more time to dedicate to discovering all the gadgets for our profession. Apart from using various online databases and the hospital network to access scientific journals, I would not consider myself a power user. I created my personal library with the most relevant articles on my computer. I am still old school with a handful of printed editions of English and German journals lying on my desk.

I only screen the title and the abstract of an article before I read it, this can be in a newsletter, a website or a journal. Mobile platforms are great for doing searching and screening.

3. What does it need for you to download a medical app?

It must have an in-depth search across all subspecialties and a link to full text articles.

4. Where will medical education head to in the future?

Knowledge will be digitalized and categorized even more efficiently than it is nowadays. Publishers and medical app companies will have to customize available information in order to best fit the needs of their readers and user