Report on the SICOT Comprehensive Shoulder Course with Cadaveric Dissection 

  Tak Man Wong
Course Chairperson - Hong Kong



With the success of the first SICOT Course on Pelvic and Acetabulum Injuries with Cadaveric Dissection in 2016, the second SICOT cadaveric course was held on 22-24 June 2017 at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme this time was “Shoulder Surgery”, which was designed for practising surgeons who have an interest in shoulder surgery. Kongkhet Riansuwan and I were the Co-Chairpersons of this shoulder course. We were also glad to have Hatem Said, Peter Yau, Andy Wee, Wai Lam Chan, Dongju Shin, Christian Fang and Jimmy Jin as overseas faculty members. 

The course provided an understanding of shoulder surgery across Arthroscopy, Trauma and Arthroplasty. There were lectures, case discussions and cadaveric dissections.

This year, with the constraint of the cadaveric workshop set-up again, there was a total of 44 participants from different countries and they were split into two groups. On 22 June, basic theories of shoulder arthroscopy were taught to all participants, followed by hands-on practice. Anterior shoulder instability, rotator cuff pathology, bicep pathology and surgical techniques of shoulder arthroscopy were covered on day 1.

On day 2, fractures around the shoulder were taught, including surgical approaches around the shoulder, ACJ injury, fractures of the proximal and shaft of the humerus. During the cadaveric dissection session, participants could learn the surgical approaches as well as fracture fixation.

On day 3, the programme covered scapular fracture and shoulder replacement surgery, including biomechanics, surgical indications and tips and tricks of surgical techniques of reversed shoulder replacement and shoulder hemiarthroplasty. All participants enjoyed the hands-on experience, especially reversed shoulder replacement.

During the 3-day course, all overseas experts demonstrated their master techniques in shoulder surgery, including arthroscopy, trauma and arthroplasty.

The cadaveric dissection was held at the Dissection Laboratory at Siriraj Hospital. All safety precautions were strictly adhered to according to international guidelines. The local Thai staff were very helpful in the preparation as they were experienced in handling the cadavers according to international standards.

The evaluation of the course by the participants was very satisfactory and surpassed our expectations. This of course depends on the theme and is also attributed to the educational cadaveric workshop. Most participants requested that such a course should be organised once or even twice a year. This event will also serve as an example of what SICOT can bring to the orthopaedic community besides our annual congress.

On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to express my gratitude to SICOT, Siriraj Hospital, DPS as commercial partner, and all the overseas faculty members. The course would not be such a success without their generous support.

Group photo of all participants and faculty members at Siriraj Hospital
Cadaveric dissection
Faculty members' dinner