‘It’s all about learning’
18 March 2019
It’s no coincidence that great care has been taken with the new release of AO CMF’s Management of Facial Trauma (MFT) educational concept: Caretaking is a drive common to doctors in general, says AO CMF Global Education Task Force Chair Dr Iain McVicar.
Iain should know: Caretaking is a red thread running through both his professional and private lives, from his work as a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in Nottingham’s Maxillofacial Unit and his service as AO CMF Global Education Task Force Chair to the flock of 130–140 rare-breed sheep he raises in England’s East Midlands.
The gold standard
Launched in early 2017, the MFT course has been a global success with more than 2,000 participants receiving training in 60 courses conducted in 32 countries. In line with the clinical division’s purpose statement of improving patient care through education research and development opportunities for surgeons, the AO CMF Global Education Task Force in 2018 undertook a comprehensive review of all the content of MFT 1.0. This was generated by the feedback received from the courses, taking into account faculty members’ desire for more computed tomography (CT) scans, clinical pictures and cases, as well as more detailed observations on diagrams, texts and in-depth commentary on content.
“The AO is still the gold standard for trauma patient treatment and the MFT course mirrors that standard of education,” says Iain. “It aims to give participants a very good, two-day summary of the state of facial trauma care today, with lots of opportunities for participants to interact with faculty, from the practical exercises to small group discussions.”
The result of that sweeping review—conducted by Iain and task force members Marcelo Figari (Argentina); TC Lim (Singapore); Irfan Shah (Pakistan); Gorman Louie (Canada), the AO CMF Education's Diana Greiner and AO Education Institute's Mike Cunningham; outgoing AO CMF International Board Chair Warren Schubert and current AO CMF International Board Chair Gregorio Sánchez Aniceto—is an enriched MFT 2.0.
“The lectures are clearer because we have refined the lecture content based on feedback. We have changed a lot of the images used with support from the AO Surgery Reference artists, and cases used in small group discussions have either been significantly altered or changed to make the content more useful,” he explains. “We also looked at the content of the practical exercises.”
What hasn’t changed is the highly engaging nature of the MFT: It remains 30 percent short lectures and 70 percent hands-on practical exercises and small group discussions. Next on the task force’s agenda is a review of all of MFT-related videos and production of new video content, tentatively scheduled to be available for the 2020 courses. Digitalization of the course feedback process is ongoing, Iain says.