I am pleased to invite you to the next annual congress 2019 in Munich, which will take place from 28-30 November 2019 at the MOC event center. This location offers the advantage of being able to hold the congress extremely compact around the central plenary sessions and the industrial exhibition, which matches the structure of our annual congress. No changes in the established format will occur. Without parallel sessions we will have key note lectures, pro/contra debates and other familiar things.
In terms of content, on the other hand, I would like to set somewhat different priorities than usual under the motto "change into the future". Following the last decade in which spine surgery has been characterized by the introduction and subsequent assessment of their value, in the next decade, i. e. from 2020 on, the focus will shift throughout all fields of medicine. Inevitably, this also affects the treatment of spinal disorders and thus our work.
Digitalization will dominate the field in unprecedented numbers and revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of diseases through the management of so-called "Big Data" using artificial intelligences. Robotic assistants will increasingly accompany parts of our operations. This means that things that we perceive as our core competence are taken over. We have to face this fact and this will only work if we are prepared for it. I will therefore invite a number of high-level experts on this topic from Germany and abroad to deliver the key note lectures of this congress. Other key topics include complications and quality management as well as free topics. Here, too, the topic is deliberately broad and based on the central political theme of the next decade. Not only will we be measured by the quality of our care, but we will also have to expect consequences in terms of reimbursement and accreditation. Therefore, an early exploration of this topic seems important to me. Of course, the social aspect of the annual conference will also be taken into account, which is why we will meet for a social evening in the “BMW Welt”.
I look forward to meeting you! Best regards from Munich.
President of the DWG 2019