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From Boomers to Zoomers, how to understand variations in learning approaches?”

From Boomers to Zoomers, how to understand variations in learning approaches?”

A Conversation building on the future! with Prof. Gomez-Barrena and moderated by Julie MacDonald

We consider diversity in learning approaches to be crucial in training specialists and subspecialists.

Exchanging perspectives, ideas, and approaches fosters a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, benefiting from each other's experiences and improving patient care. So let us not point fingers or focus on change for the sake of change, but rather promote a culture of constructive exchange and mutual learning.

Our discussion will centre around the question of whether a solid foundation of knowledge requires individuals to first become specialists in their field before pursuing subspecialisation. We will consider the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches and hope to conclude this conversation on a better understanding of how to best train specialists and subspecialists.

This conversation welcomes the Michael Freeman Honorary Lecturer Dr. Stuart B. Goodman, MD PhD, in his role as close mentor to individuals, the current Young Member at Large Dr. Filipe Lima Santos and the nominated candidate for Young Member at Large Christina Frølich Frandsen, MD PhD to represent the upcoming generation.

Following this stimulating debate EFORT is delighted to announce the winners of the Jacques Duparc and Free Papers Award.

EFORT also has the privilege of presenting its prestigious Recognition Award this year.

The award acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions to global orthopaedic and/or trauma surgery, which may not have been recognised through traditional standards, but are not excluded. Beyond accomplishments in enhancing expertise and practice, the award recognises individuals who have conducted humanitarian work or otherwise elevated the specialty's reputation.

The awardee is Professor Jorge Mineiro, MD PhD, FRCSEd.

The opening ceremony will kick off the congress, and we invite all participants to embrace the EFORT Marketplace motto of "I engage - I consolidate - I learn - I master" throughout the three days of the event. Together, we will gather around the theme of "Building the Future of Orthopaedics and Traumatology", exploring new ideas, sharing experiences, and advancing our understanding of this rapidly evolving field. These three exciting days will be filled with stimulating discussions, engaging sessions, and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world. We look forward to your active participation and contribution to this important congress.

Prof. Mineiro completed his medical training at the University of Medical Sciences in Lisbon in 1980, and pursued his Orthopaedic training in Portugal and the UK. He obtained his PhD in 2003 from the University of Lisbon. He then focused on pediatric orthopedics and spine under Pr. Weinstein. He is currently coordinator of the Orthopaedic and Spine Unit at the Hospital CUF Descobertas in Lisbon, Portugal. In his capacity of Chairman of the EBOT Examining Committee, he leads the EBOT exam which is a specialist exam in trauma and orthopaedics. For more than 20 years, it has been run in different European countries with the aim improve the standard of knowledge and professional competence of surgeons.

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