Certified training of the German society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE)
The DVSE as scientific society and section of the German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC) provides optional training for specialists with focus on “shoulder and elbow surgery” as well as “elbow surgery”. The aim is to structure and standardize the training in order to achieve an improvement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the treatment of diseases and injuries of the shoulder and the elbow.
Responsible for the training content and its constant update is the management board of the DVSE. This steering committee names the executive body which is a commission consisting of at least three members. The members appoint a chairman each.
- Further development of the course curriculum
Through consultation with parent or related professional societies or associations (DGOOC, DGU, AGA, SECEC) different course modules are ought to be mutually recognized. Furthermore, an integration of the training content in the training "Special Orthopedics" is aspired.
- Course of training
The training is carried out after completion of the basic training in orthopedics/trauma surgery, i.e. after completion of the first two years of training. The training time for the module "Shoulder and Elbow Surgery" in theory and practice (100 hours) is at least two years and should be completed after six years. In addition, a practical training for at least ten working days is required in one of the official training centers designated by the DVSE. The internship should be completed in the second year of the curriculum.
The training time for the module "Elbow Surgery" in theory and practice (38 hours) is at least two years and should be completed after six years. In addition, a practical training for at least five working days is required in one of the official training centers designated by the DVSE. The internship should be completed in the second year of the curriculum.
- Training events
The training events are organized not only by the DVSE. On externally organized congresses, symposia and surgical courses points can also be acquired for the curriculum. The associated events must be under the patronage of the DVSE and must have been evaluated considering form and content according to the guidelines of the curriculum and validated accordingly. Each course organizer may request the inclusion in the curriculum of the DVSE. The training commission reviews the applications in accordance with the training content and accredits theoretical and practical training time for each module of the course curriculum.
For quality control the commission uses
1. the written submissions
2. information by participating DVSE members
The basic conditions for applying for a DVSE patronage are available on the website of the DVSE (www.dvse.info). The list of courses recognized by the DVSE and the accredited training hours are published by the DVSE. Similarly, a list of "Trainers of Shoulder Elbow Surgery" is published.
- Contents of the courses
The structure of the course curriculum with the content can be viewed on the homepage (www.dvse.info). For each module, a minimum number of hours in theory and practice is required. Both theoretical contents and practical skills are ought to be taught.
- Training centers
The two-week/one-week internship is meant to give the course graduates an insight in the full range of elbow surgery and as the case may be shoulder surgery. For this purpose, centers offering one or two weeks of practical training per quarter, are designated and certified by the commission. During this time, the participants should take part in the daily special consultations (at least 5 hours, 2 days), and operation blocks (at least 3 days for the certificate “Elbow Surgery” and at least 6 days for the certificate “Shoulder and Elbow Surgery”). The training centers will be named in case of written request. The approval is meant to be personal, i.e. a named trainer is responsible for the fulfillment of the conditions and the implementation of the course weeks. The instructor must have a comprehensive theoretical and practical experience in shoulder and elbow surgery and needs to be able to prove regular practical exercise. The requirements for certification as a training center are published on the website of the DVSE.
On enquiry of the graduates a certificate of training will be issued. The applicant must be a member of the DVSE. This certificate is free of charge.
The beginning of the curriculum is 01.01.2008.