Global Town Hall

The field of Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery has flourished in the United States.  Particularly over the past 40 years, the academic community in foot and ankle has increased dramatically.  During this time period, surgical techniques, implants, hardware, and decision making has been refined.   Unfortunately, the growth of orthopaedic foot and ankle has been much slower in other parts of the world.  

 

In many countries globally, the surgical techniques for foot and ankle surgery are arcane.  Much of the foot and ankle surgery is performed by the general orthopaedic surgeon.  Although these individuals are performing cutting-edge arthroscopic surgeries and adult reconstructive surgeries, most of the scope of foot and ankle surgeries has been limited to foot and ankle trauma and external fixation work.  The reconstruction and tendon pathologies have been largely ignored.  

 

The Parekh Family Foundation, under the Foundation for Medical Education and Research (FMER) is a US-based non-profit organization.  One of the missions of this organization is to increase the awareness and education of foot and ankle pathologies, decision analysis, and surgical techniques globally.  Typically, this is done through live foot and ankle camps, surgeries, and a conference.  However, given the COVID pandemic, this will not be possible for the foreseeable future.  The pandemic has severely limited our ability to engage in any in-person training or charitable surgeries. However, it has presented an opportunity to provide innovative educational opportunities using technology.

 

To that end, we will be hosting a 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  The first session will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Then, the next session will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST, for one hour.  In this manner, there will be 24 sessions, for the 24 time zones of the world, with each session occurring at 8:00 p.m. in each time zone of the world. 

Global Town Hall Course Agenda

This will be a 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021. The tentative agenda for the course will be announced on January 1, 2021. 

Agenda Details

Day 1: March 19, 2021


TOPIC: Ankle arthritis/total ankle replacement

NYC/EST: 8:00 PM

Moderator: Mark Easley

TOPIC: Total Ankle Revision/Salvage

NYC/EST: 9:00 PM

Moderator: David Pedowitz

TOPIC: Management of Syndesmosis Injuries

NYC/EST: 10:00 PM

Moderator: Ken Hunt

TOPIC: Peroneal tendons

NYC/EST: 11:00 PM

Moderator: Eric Giza




Day 2: March 20, 2021


TOPIC: Ankle arthritis/total ankle replacement

NYC/EST: 12:00 AM

Moderator: Bruce J. Sangeorzan

TOPIC: Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery - The Way Ahead

NYC/EST: 1:00 AM

Moderator: Alastair Younger

TOPIC: OCL Why Alignment Matters

NYC/EST: 2:00 AM

Moderator: Andrea Veljkovic

TOPIC: Treatment of Hallux Valgus Deformities with Limited Resources - Scarf without Screws

NYC/EST: 3:00 AM

Moderator: Laurant Goubau

TOPIC: Current Concepts and advancements in Trauma

NYC/EST: 4:00 AM

Moderator: David Shepherd

TOPIC: Current Concepts and advancements in Trauma. Syndesmosis injuries, Lis Franc Injuries,Talar OCD management

NYC/EST: 4:00 AM

Moderator: David Shepherd

TOPIC: Calcaneal Fractures

NYC/EST: 5:00 AM

Moderator: Simon Platt

TOPIC: Subtalar Instability

NYC/EST: 6:00 AM

Moderator: Andy Goldberg

TOPIC: How I wish I did things differently : ' A Case that Taught Me So Much '

NYC/EST: 7:00 AM

Moderator: Gowreeson Thevendran

TOPIC: Acquired Flatfoot

NYC/EST: 8:00 AM

Moderator: Chuanshun Wang, M.D.

TOPIC: Arthroscopic Surgery in Foot and Ankle

NYC/EST: 9:00 AM

Moderator: Bavornrit Chuckpaiwong

TOPIC: Midfoot Injury

NYC/EST: 10:00 AM

Moderator: Mandeep Dhillon

TOPIC: Neglected Foot & Ankle Injuries (Ankle, Calcaneus, Talus)

NYC/EST: 11:00 AM

Moderator: Rajiv Shah

TOPIC: Cavovarus foot deformity

NYC/EST: 12:00 PM

Moderator: Ezekiel Oburu

TOPIC: Charcot arthropathy

NYC/EST: 1:00 PM

Moderator: Mohamed Mokhtar

TOPIC: Progressive Collapsing Foot Deformity

NYC/EST: 2:00 PM

Moderator: Lew Schon

TOPIC: Hindfoot trauma, Diabetic hind foot reconstruction, Hindfoot arthritis

NYC/EST: 3:00 PM

Moderator: Kartik Hariharan

TOPIC: Forefoot surgery

NYC/EST: 4:00 PM

Moderator: Cristian Ortiz

TOPIC: Ankle Fractures (bimal, post mal, deltoid, etc)

NYC/EST: 5:00 PM

Moderator: Diego Zanolli

TOPIC: Hallux Rigidus

NYC/EST: 6:00 PM

Moderator: Cesar de Cesar Netto

TOPIC: Judy’s Zoomers FOOT & Ankle Cases in Covid Times!

NYC/EST: 7:00 PM

Moderator: Mark Glazebrook





Location

The 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting will begin at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  We expect about 1000 orthopaedic surgeons to attend this conference throughout this 24-hour event.

Dates and Times

The 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting will begin at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  We expect about 1000 orthopaedic surgeons to attend this conference throughout this 24-hour event.  Speakers are subject to change depending on the availability of speakers.

Registration

Registration will be required and is open now.  Registration is open for all foot and ankle surgeons, health care providers, and the general public at large.  Global opinion leaders from around the world will be selected as moderators and faculty for this course.  The US and international faculty will be updated over the next few weeks.

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