Dear members, dear friends,
A successful annual congress in Ludwigsburg lies behind us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. Dr. Philip Kasten, PD Dr. Frieder Mauch as well as their team for their tireless effort in organizing and conducting the meeting.
Due to the high attractiveness of the scientific program, the implementation of the concept "After the congress is before the congress" as well as the integration of an independent Rehab-Day, which was organized in collaboration with the Association Physical Therapy (VPT), a new participant record could be achieved. In particular I would like to express my gratitude to Hans Ortmann, President of the VPT Bavaria and Deputy Chairman of the Federal Council, who has been cooperating actively and friendly with our society for many years. The processing of conservative and rehabilitative aspects of pathologies concerning shoulder and elbow continues to be an important common task.
625 participants informed themselves and exchanged opinions about the main topics "sports shoulder", "joint replacement - between innovation and well-proven", "acute and chronic elbow instability", "regeneration of the rotator cuff ","luxation fractures of the shoulder" and "clinical imaging" from 18th to 20th May 2017 in Ludwigsburg.
The newly introduced format "Meet the Expert", where exciting cases were presented by experts, worked out in small groups and subsequently discussed in a larger round, received a very positive feedback so that we are planning to integrate this format in future congresses.
We are particularly pleased to welcome our high-profile international guest lecturers Dr. Jon J. P. Warner (USA), Dr. Laurent Lafosse (France), Prof. Adam Watts (UK), Dr. Peter Millett (USA) and Prof. Filip Struyf (Belgium) as corresponding members of the DVSE.
The scientific meeting was rounded off by a multitude of instructional courses and workshops, so that we could experience a broadly diversified program this year, which offered interesting and valuable topics, both for the doctor in the hospital, the scientist at the university, as well as for the practitioner.
A highlight of the event was surely the lecture of Hans Kammerlander, who described the emotional and physical frontier situations of an extreme mountaineer.
All in all, this year again has shown that our annual congress represents the most important scientific event in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in German-speaking countries. We are already looking forward to the upcoming congresses in Regensburg, St. Gallen and Duesseldorf.
Within the framework of the annual convention of the European Shoulder and Elbow society (SECEC/ESSSE) in September in Berlin, where the DVSE acts as hosting nation, we also want to assure and extend our position at an international level. I would be very pleased about many participants from inside the DVSE and a reunion in Berlin in September 2017.
Until then, I remain with the best wishes for a beautiful summer.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Markus Scheibel (President of the DVSE)