The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States and consistently ranked number one in orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report. It is the world-leader in joint replacement surgery, pioneering total knee replacement and minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques. The first OMI seminar in Bone and Joint Surgery was held in 1994, and this week’s course marks the 26th Bone and Joint Surgery seminar in Salzburg.
Dr. Mathias Bostrom, Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service as well as attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, served as the course director, marking his 15th participation in a Salzburg HSS Bone and Joint Surgery seminar. Dr. Reinhard Windhager, Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, led alongside Dr. Bostrom as the course co-director, commemorating his nineth participation in an OMI seminar. The HSS faculty members included Dr. Scott J. Ellis, Dr. Anne M. Kelly, and Dr. William M. Ricci. Dr. Kevin Staats and Dr. Géraldine Sturz rounded out the faculty members from the Medical University of Vienna.
32 fellows from 20 various worldwide countries gathered at Schloss Arenberg to share an intense week full of knowledge, new experiences, networking, and growth. Fellows attended 21 state-of-the-art didactic lectures which included topics on Periprosthetic Joint Infections, Revision THR, Winning the Race to Fracture Healing, Fractures about the Shoulder: Clavicle, Proximal Humerus, and Scapula, ACL Reconstruction, Meniscus Injury and Repair, and more.
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon allocated several hours for fellows to present their own case presentations, of which six cases were selected by the faculty as excellent case presentations and will be published on the OMI case library.
Wednesday granted the fellows a free afternoon for some rest and relaxation amid a full program. Thursday afternoon was a highlight of the week, as fellows engaged in a hands-on workshop titled “Foot and Ankle, and Sports Medicine”, which was led by Dr. Anne M. Kelly and Dr. Scott J. Ellis.
Schloss Arenberg hosted a wonderful chamber music concert on Thursday evening for faculty and fellows, with musicians performing from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. To conclude the seminar week, a graduation ceremony for the fellows, complete with distribution of certificates, as well as a formal dinner was held on Friday evening.