Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brunner
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brunner

Dear members and friends,

Light at the end of the tunnel...or...we are coming down a long home ... .

Will the words of hope actually become reality with the arrival of spring? At least the vaccination quote rises on some days already on six-digit numbers, the vaccination readiness in the width increases according to current inquiries and the third wave of the Pandemie seems to flatten itself actually stably. In hospitals, the pressure on intensive care units is slowly decreasing as well, allowing more room for elective surgery. Numbers were down not only for tumor surgery and hip and knee replacements - but also for elective shoulder and elbow surgery.

Concerns about infections in the hospital from the patient's perspective and reduced capacities of the providers were contributing factors. However, the hygienic concepts in the hospitals and at the providers are implemented so comprehensively that the chance of infection in the hospital is certainly lower than in the public. We therefore start the new quarter of the year with great optimism that patient care and aspects of education and training can be better implemented again.

We are therefore looking forward to our annual congress, which will take place from November 4-6 after all at the Nockerberg in Munich and then hopefully also with presence and long-awaited re-encounters. PD Dr. Manfred Pfahler and Prof. Patric Raiss have prepared exciting topics. The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended until the 31th of May.

However, we will continue to maintain our digital formats, which we developed during the pandemic and which have also been very well received by you. Prof Felix Zeifang reports.
At our general meeting in July, there will be some changes in our staff structures. Among other things, the leadership of the commission "Rehabilitation" will be handed over from Christian Jung to Knut Beitzel and Stefan Buchmann. Christian Jung therefore reports today about the so successful work in this commission in the last years.

The aim of our certification system of the German Shoulder and Elbow Centers, clinics and practices is to present the structure and quality of care in a transparent manner. We report about the newly certified institutions as well as about further changes of the learning system, now especially about significant price reductions for certification. This could be reason to apply as well.
In the future, your active submissions to the Shoulder and Elbow Prosthesis Register can be represented separately with a logo, depending on the number of documented prostheses - if you accept this new format at the General Meeting.

Combined with this general meeting we will organize a so-called "Future workshop". This is an exciting new format: After concise and short overview presentations, the unsolved and open aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery will be discussed and approaches to solutions will be developed. The entire spectrum of the specialty can thus be explored and analyzed in a short period of time.
Further it offers us the first opportunity for a personal meeting this year.
Enjoy reading, stay healthy and I hope to see you in person in July.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brunner
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