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The SOFCOT Centenary

The 93rd edition of the SOFCOT (Société Française de Chirurgie Orthopédique et Traumatique – the French Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery) Congress in Paris was also the chance to celebrate the #centenary of this learned society.  It was the perfect opportunity to take stock of the historical advances that have been made in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in France since the First World War.

In addition to a particularly rich programme, a special exhibition was mounted as a showcase for the evolution of orthopaedic surgery.  37 models made by François Humbert in 1830 and restored with the aid of SOFCOT, were on loan from the Barrois Museum of Bar-le-Duc in the Meuse region of Eastern France.  It was a rare opportunity to review the foundations and origins of this specialty.

This year’s SOFCOT congress was particularly dynamic. Over 145 exhibitors were present, with a zone dedicated to start-ups in the domain. #Echo and #arthroscopy simulation workshops were held throughout the exhibition, to the delight of an enthusiastic public of interns, there to defend their teaching hospitals.  320 speakers came to debate and share their research and experience with an audience of over 4,400 orthopaedic specialists.   The specialties and subspecialties were well represented with the presence of the SFMC, the GSF-GETO, GETRAUM, SFEC, SFCR, AFCP, SFA, SFAJUNIOR, AFCP, SFHG. The interns and young surgeons were present in force with the particularly dynamic “Collège des Jeunes Orthopedistes”.

The 13th November start date of the congress naturally led to the raising of subjects such as terrorist attacks and wartime medicine in many conferences.  It was a reminder of the importance of the role of orthopaedic surgeons in such circumstances and the need for specialised training to adapt and cope with such challenging tasks.

The eventime team was fully committed to the success of this event and thanks SOFCOT for their confidence.