SICOT APROC 2015 in Mumbai, India

  Vaibhav Bagaria
  SICOT Associate Member - Mumbai, India

The 1st Asia Pacific Regional Orthopaedic Course (APROC) was held at the convention centre of the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, between 29 and 30 August 2015. This was held under the aegis of SICOT India and was well attended with 199 delegates and 37 faculty members. The international faculty comprised of surgeons from the Asia Pacific region including Dr Rob Wallace from Adelaide, Australia, Dr Kandiah Raveendran from Malaysia, Dr Hitendra Doshi from Singapore, Dr Ram Kewal Shah from Nepal, and the national faculties and delegates were from all parts of India (see photo below).

This year the theme was 'Complications in Orthopaedics' and the speakers focused on the ways to prevent complications, identify them when they occur, and successfully manage them as and when required. The course that covered all aspects of orthopaedics had 10 sessions with focus on major subspecialities: Spine, Paediatrics, Trauma, Joint Replacement, Oncology, and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. An innovative key note session along with a 'Wings to Dream' session ensured that the course was comprehensive even going beyond orthopaedics and touching upon the important issues of technological innovations, value of cultivating team culture, academic affiliations, research, ethics and patient doctor communication. The course had been granted an accreditation with 4 CME points by the Maharashtra Medical Council.

The academic activities were complimented by equally entertaining social events that included faculty dinners which enabled guests to interact with the local faculties and the entire orthopaedic team including consultants, associates and residents, paving way for a strong national and international network and exchange programme.

The entire scientific programme and the social events were carried out under the leadership of SICOT India Chairman, Dr Ashok Johari, and the Department of Orthopaedics of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital comprising of Dr Farokh Wadia, Dr Kshitij Chaudhary, Dr Arjun Dhawale, Dr Siddharth Badve and Dr Vaibhav Bagaria.

Ashok Johari, SICOT Vice President of Asia Pacific, writes:

The Asia Pacific region has the highest population in the world. It has its own problems in terms of health care. We are familiar with the varied and difficult spectrum of orthopaedic problems within this continent and the socio-economic problems hounding it.

Under the aegis of the world's largest body of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, SICOT, we must deliberate on these problems and their solutions. Also it is our responsibility to educate and train our younger colleagues. SICOT India over the last 3 years held 5 SICOT ICLs. My vision was to extend these courses to the whole of Asia Pacific. In this century we surely have ease of movement and it is not difficult to move from one country to another. Why not have an orthopaedic course which circulates from one country to another within the Asia Pacific region? Why not pool in the best faculty from this region and internationally to participate and teach on this course? We can definitely create a pool of teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching and training.  By turns, this course could be organised in different countries within the Asia Pacific region and those interested in teaching would have an opportunity to participate. Also surgeons from the host's neighbouring countries can travel and learn. Eventually this course will develop into one of the finest orthopaedic courses.

SICOT APROC 2015, we hope, marks the beginning of an era of cooperation between different countries in the Asia Pacific region in setting standards and in transfer of orthopaedic knowledge and skills.

It is very much appreciated that SICOT will help this activity by sponsoring the travel of an international orthopaedic faculty to the meeting. Thank you, SICOT.