AO CMF Live On Air at the AO Davos Courses – A Winning Format
17 December 2018
AO CMF broke new ground at this year's AO Davos Courses with its December 10 online broadcast event AO CMF Live On Air: Condylar fractures—to treat or not to treat. The concept is disarmingly simple: CMF surgeons from around the world have the opportunity to join a livestream discussion involving the world's leading experts in their field and a select studio audience, broadcast from the heart of the AO Davos Courses 2018.
AO CMF On Air faculty members Sabine Girod (US), Florian Thieringer (CH), Iain McVicar (UK) and Marcelo Figari (AR) led the one-hour interactive live discussion that was broadcast to AO CMF members around the world with audience participation.
Over 100 people joined on-site, and over 200 took part online from around the world. The fast-paced discussion, expertly hosted by Sabine Girod and Iain McVicar, focused on three distinctive cases. Each case was introduced, first with x-ray or CT-scans, then with further detail about the patient's age and clinical history. The audience on-site and online was then asked to describe the fracture and suggest treatment options. The results of the chosen treatment were also critically evaluated.
During the discussion, Iain McVicar explained what the concept of conservative management means, and how the idea of what constitutes a conservative approach differs from case to case, highlighting the fact that, from the patient's perspective, even a conservative approach may feel like a major medical intervention.
The cases were selected specially to explore particularly challenging aspects of deciding a surgical vs. non-surgical treatment approach. One case involved a fit young man, the second – an elderly patient, and the third – a child. Throughout the event, Sabine Girod brought the audience back to the fundamental points that play a central role in the choice of a treatment: the specific pathological anatomy of the fracture, the surgeon’s experience in operative treatment, and nuances in a patient's particular circumstances.
The expert hosts ensured the event never lost pace and moved swiftly from case to case – while ensuring that the VIP panel in the room, the select audience on-site, and the global audience online all had the opportunity to get involved.