Helping Patients Move Better

Jan 20, 2023

Drilling and hammering at Schloss Arenberg?! What sounds like a construction site is this year’s group of orthopedic surgeons improving their practical skills during an exciting simulation workshop that focused on knee and hip surgery.

The Salzburg Hospital for Special Surgery Seminar in Bone and Joint Surgery took place for the 29th time from January 15 to 21, 2023 at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, Austria. For nearly 160 years, HSS has been the world’s leading academic medical center specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Mathias Bostrom, Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, Chitranjan S. Ranawat MD Chair in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at Weill Cornell College of Cornell University, and Attending Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery led the course, marking his 16th participation in an OMI seminar.

Dr. Reinhard Windhager, Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, served as co-course director for the week. The expert faculty was concluded by Dr. Aleksey Dvorzhinskiy, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. James C. Farmer, Associate Professor and Orthopedic Surgeon, and Dr. Stephanie Swensen Buza, Assistant Attending, all from the Hospital for Special Surgery.

34 fellows from 23 different countries gathered at Schloss Arenberg to share an intense week full of knowledge, new experiences, networking, and growth.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, fellows had the opportunity to improve their surgical skills in exciting simulation trainings. On Tuesday, a sawbone joint replacement workshop was held, focusing on the knee and hips. We would like to thank Dr. Mathias Bostrom and Dr. Aleksey Dvorzhinskiy who explained every step of the procedures and answered questions from fellows, as well as Smith and Nephew, who provided us with the necessary equipment. The workshop was a huge success! The spine workshop on Thursday was kindly supported by Vertex and BK Meditech and greatly benefitted course participants as well.

Fellows presented their cases during various sessions throughout the week. Five cases were chosen by the faculty to be published in the OMI case library.

Wednesday afternoon, fellows enjoyed a free afternoon, exploring the city of Salzburg and its surroundings. On Thursday evening a classical chamber music concert was held at Schloss Arenberg exclusively for OMI faculty and fellows.

On Friday, the seminar ended with the post-seminar test. In the evening, fellows and faculty gathered to celebrate the closing of the course with a cocktail reception and a formal three-course dinner. Fellows were awarded their certificates and enjoyed one last evening together.