Face to Face - The 4th Asia-Pacific Advanced Spinal Deformity Courses was successfully held in Beijing from 5 to 8 August 2008. Excellent spinal surgeons from several Asia-Pacific countries participated in the 4-day training. Themed by scoliosis and its correction, the workshop helped the trainees improve their technical skills, develop their professional vision, and gain a deeper understanding of Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) culture through a variety of teaching modes including surgery demonstration, live broadcasts, and special lectures.
A group photo of trainers and trainees in the spinal deformity courses
As the leading center in the spinal correction in China, the Department of Orthopedics of Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) has always attached great importance to academic exchanges, with an attempt to spread the PUMC Spirit and promote PUMCH techniques and thus benefit more patients. In addition to the annual international conferences on spine surgery, the department also launched its featured scoliosis correction FTF training courses. The face-to-face, hand-on, and immersive training allows extensive and in-depth communication and improve the capabilities of the trainees within a short period of time. After years of hard work and dedication, the FTF seminar has become a highly influential and coherent course.
Eight trainees from China, Japan, and India attended the course in 2019. Having been in practice for an average of more than 15 years, these trainees have rich clinical experience and high reputation in their service areas. At the kick-off event, Dr. Zhang Jianguo, executive director of the Department of Orthopaedics, warmly welcomed the trainees on behalf of Academician Qiu Guixing and all the faculty members. He introduced the various teams of the spine professional group and hoped the trainers and trainees could learn from each other through active interactions and communications.
In fact, there were more chances for the real-time interactions between trainees and experts. The trainees, under the guidance of PUMCH experts, participated in outpatient consultations, patient appointments, preoperative ward rounds, surgical protocol discussions, surgical visits, and panel discussions. Eight trainees were immersed in the clinical situations, overwhelmed by the efficiency and rigor of PUMCH.
The sophisticated theories and superb surgical techniques of spine malformation correction are the essence of the FTF course. Based on a large number of clinical cases in PUMCH, the experts selflessly delivered the trainees with research findings and academic achievements that have accumulated by staff members of different generations in the past decades. Zhang Jianguo gave a comprehensive elucidation of the congenital scoliosis, early-onset scoliosis, and complex spinal deformity and shared his insights in surgical options and skills. Zhang Jianguo, Shen Jianxiong, and Zhao Hong and their surgical teams demonstrated spinal correction surgeries. Tian Ye introduced to the trainees a large number of difficult cases in cervical deformity by focusing on the techniques and precautions for surgeries performed via anterior or posterior approach. Hu Jianhua gave a lecture in the morning reading session. Zhuang Qianyu introduced the PUMC classification of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is easy to understand and remember and is particularly practical when applied for segment selection and corrective surgeries. Wang Shengru presented the surgical procedures for hemivertebra deformity based on a large number of clinical cases in PUMCH. These face-to-face lectures and on-site observations were highly valuable for the trainees.
The Department of Orthopedics issued a certificate of completion to each trainee. Both trainees and trainees expressed their strong wishes to maintain a long lasting friendship and make more contributions to the academic progress in spinal orthopedics and to the global health care.