AO CMF successfully introduces first-ever course in Bhutan
02 May 2018
On 4 March 2018, Bhutan witnessed the country’s first-ever AO CMF event. AO CMF Introductory Seminar was held in Paro, Bhutan in association with 3rd International Craniofacial & Dental Summit - 2018.
"[It was] certainly a watershed moment; interacting with so many enthusiastic participants was truly an exhilarating and humbling experience,” course director Gopal Krishnan explained. “Considering the geography of the region, this course was designed to teach paramedics and dentists to treat facial injuries—including management of dirty wounds and simple jaw fractures—in a primary care setting and surely it was well received."
The government of Bhutan has maintained a system of equitable free health care for its citizens. However, the number of hospitals and doctors remains limited, and some diseases, such as select and difficult cases of cancer, cannot be treated in Bhutan. This seminar was an effort toward equipping local surgeons with current information and enhancing their skills to improve patient care.
Garnering high interest, the seminar was attended by surgeons from across the country. Participants learned the theoretical basis of operative treatment of craniomaxillofacial fractures and their complications with some practical exercises on MMF techniques.
Credit for the event’s success goes to Gopal Krishnan (course director) and Divya Mehrotra (course chair) along with the faculty team of Warren Schubert, Francis Roasa, Phub Tshering, Neelam Andrade, Ramesh Sharma, Ashi Chug, Rachna Agarwal and Sachin Kumar who helped shape a unique learning experience for local surgeons.
AO CMF is also grateful to Samdrup R Wangchuk whose tireless efforts paved the way to realization of the event and to all of the participants who traveled long distances to make the event a great success.