AO Annual Report 2018
29 May 2019
The AO's Annual Report for 2018 has been published, looking at the challenges and achievements of 2018 through the prism of four separate chapters: patient outcomes, innovation, education, and corporate social responsibility.
Looking back at 2018, AO CMF has a lot to be proud of. In an increasingly challenging health care environment, AO CMF is constantly looking to ensure it stays innovative, responsive to community needs, and at the forefront of developing new formats.
In 2018, AO CMF prepared to relaunch the updated Management of Facial Trauma (MFT) educational concept. First launched in 2017, the MFT course has been a global success, with more than 2,000 participants receiving training in 60 courses across 32 countries. In 2018 the AO CMF Global Education Task Force comprehensively reviewed all MFT content in line with course feedback. The result is an updated and enriched MFT 2.0 that more closely responds to participant needs; it will be made available to participants in 2019.
New formats 2018–2019
At the AO Davos Courses 2018, AO CMF held the first-ever live "AO CMF On Air" event, Condylar fractures—to treat or not to treat. Developed in response to an identified need in the AO CMF community for new approaches to involving people in the AO Davos Courses and greater flexibility in terms of means of access, this winning formula will be made available to the rest of the AO at the AO Davos Courses 2019. AO CMF is working to ensure it reaches ever more people in its community around the world in the coming years.
Also at the AO Davos Courses 2018, AO CMF surgeons Richard Hopper (chair of the AO Technical Commission Craniofacial Expert Group) and Adi Rachmiel (director, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel) presented a comprehensive overview about the evolution of craniofacial (alveolar, mandible, midface and cranial) distraction.
2018 also saw over 2,000 surgeons complete the AO CMF Global Needs Analysis for Education, designed to ensure AO CMF educational events are relevant, the highest quality, and respond to the needs of today's aspiring surgeons.
As a result, AO CMF identified a consistent need for education in reconstruction, across all regions; significant interest in new technologies; and continued demand for fellowships; as well as significant interest in online and in-person courses with practical elements, surgical simulation, and case-based courses.
In 2018, AO CMF held 121 educational events involving 6,947 participants, 2,120 faculty days, and 1,119 faculty.
Expanding our horizons
In 2018 AO CMF took part in two major congresses: the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies (IFHNOS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where AO CMF organized two well-attended intra-congress panels; and the European Association for Cranio Maxillofacial Surgery (EACMFS) conference in Munich, Germany, where AO CMF held symposia on drug-induced osteonecrosis of the mandible and on Pediatric CMF Surgery.
Taking part in these events provided AO CMF with valuable opportunities to further establish relationships with members, and to raise awareness among congress participants. In addition to the traditional booth opportunities, in Buenos Aires, AO CMF initiated meet-and-greet sessions to expand community engagement through formal and informal networking opportunities.
Looking to the future
AO CMF is building momentum toward its first-ever global summit: FACE AHEAD. This innovative, unique experience is focused on next-generation CMF, plastic, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, and will be held March 26–28, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Planning and preparations are well underway.
Going where the need is greatest
In March 2018, AO CMF held a seminar in Bhutan in association with the 3rd International Craniofacial and Dental Summit 2018. This was the first time that AO CMF had held an event in this country where, although health care is free, resources are limited.
The seminar focused on giving local surgeons the latest information on treatment approaches in their field and helping enhance their skills to improve patient care. Surgeons from across the country came to attend the event, where they learned both the theoretical basis of the operative treatment of CMF fractures, and their complications, and were able to take part in practical exercises.