AO CMF: Rising to meet the challenge of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we work, how we live, and how we treat patients.

06 April 2020


The AO has responded to this challenge with a series of online events bringing together leading surgeons in their fields each week to address different aspects of how they are affected.
Initiated by AO CMF, these webinars, titled From the Frontline: a COVID-19 special report, sparked overwhelming interest from our surgeon community, and online participation has been increasing each week.

The first event, on March 19, brought together Stefano Fusetti (Italy), Mike Leung (Hong Kong), and Florian Thieringer (Switzerland) to discuss the challenges they face in this new world. Questions included: How prepared are we? How can we address and manage the influx of patients? What do we do if our capacities are overwhelmed?

With CMF surgeons particularly exposed to health risks during treatment, it was natural that the second webinar focused on PPE in surgical and dental care. Understanding the extent of the need among the AO's global network, AO CMF opened up their platform to surgeons from other specialties. The second event, held March 26, featured Thomas Dodson, Lynne Fryer, Samir Mehta, and Jeffrey Wang, and was moderated by Sabine Girod and Florian Thieringer.

Each webinar looks at COVID-19 from a different perspective, meeting the diverse needs of the AO's global network. The third event, held April 2, looked at preparedness in Latin America, and featured special guest, AO Foundation President Robert McGuire, alongside speakers Marta Redondo (Spain), Pedro Caba-Doussoux (Spain), Hani Mhaidli (Spain), Rodrigo Pesantez (Colombia), Marcelo Figari (Argentina), Juan Emmerich (Argentina), Nicolas Homsi (Brazil). This session, moderated by Sabine Girod (United States), Ana Tobon (Colombia) and Rafael Cypriano (Brazil).

As an organization that exists to serve surgeons and health-care professionals across the world, the AO is keenly aware of the intensely difficult circumstances members of our community now face. If there is one message we can share with you now, it is that we have nothing but admiration for your work, and we are with you!

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