Dear members and friends of the DWG, dear colleagues
"Corona" turns our previous congress landscape upside down. It is now our task to accept this challenge and to master it in the best way possible. Due to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the German Spine Society feels responsible to its members, congress participants and sponsors. The health of all of us, as well as the well-being of our patients, is a top priority for the DWG, also due to its social responsibility. For this reason, the DWG will refrain from holding an in-person congress this year.
However, in view of the many high-quality scientific contributions received, and in keeping with the motto – separate yet united – we would not like to forego an exchange with you. Therefore, after careful consideration of all – also economic – risks, we have jointly decided that we will hold the 15th Annual Meeting of the German Spine Society as a digital congress in December 2020.
What are the advantages for you?
We will retain the programme structure of the last years with the proven formats of overview lectures, pro-and-contra debates and set lectures. This year we have chosen the three main topics "Knowledge, Quality, Teamwork".
These three keywords represent for us the essential basis on which the DWG stands. The transfer of knowledge is a central part of our annual scientific congress and of course our conservative and operative training programs. We ensure quality through our continuing education events, individual and institutional certification, as well as through our spine register. Finally teamwork, which in my opinion is unique in our professional society and is characterized by the constructive and cooperative collaboration of all disciplines involved in spinal treatment.
In our view, the quality of our work is a central issue, not only because we are already assessed by the quality of our care today, but also because in the future there will be consequences resulting from quality, e.g. in terms of licensing or even reimbursement. It is therefore essential to address this complex of issues. We will hear numerous experts especially on the topic of “what is quality in spine surgery” and “how do we measure quality”.
In order to further improve quality in spinal surgery, the German Spine Society has been working for years to introduce additional trainings for "Special Spinal Surgery". Now we have the opportunity to further advance this goal, which is already fixed in the statutes of the DWG. To this end, we will not only inform you about the current status of the project, but also present other training concepts available throughout Europe during our congress.
I am looking forward to a joint online meeting with you and a nice congress.
With best regards from Frankfurt, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Frank Kandziora