MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE

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Focal Topics and Agenda 2016

Each of the individual conference days has an individual thematic focus and is characterized by a clearly defined day profile. Three events (sessions) and various courses are offered in parallel each day. A CME certification has already been requested for the sessions; the courses are partly internationally certified. This allows all participants a varied, entertaining and full-day training and a subsequent visit to the MEDICA trade fair.

MEC Program 2016

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With the focus on individual topic areas each conference day and the offer of most various, partly internationally certifi ed workshops such as ACLS resuscitation or DEGUM sonography, the conference wants to attract interested medical professionals from all specialties – from clinics and practices – and anyone interested in medicine and medical technology in science, research, development and manufacturing.
Program brochure with all lectures and speakers [Version: 14 November 2016, subject to changes]

CME Certification

All events in the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE program will be certified by CME points. These points are also being requested for the upcoming conference at the North Rhine Medical Association. Points will be awarded as soon as the status changes from application to approval. 

The Focal Days

Monday, 14 November 2016

On Monday, the first day of the conference, the focus is New Operative Techniques in Surgery. In addition to innovations and future visions, current standards of surgical methods will be presented in diverse and compact form.

Course: Advanced Trauma Life Support

According to an analysis of the TraumaRegisters of the German Society for Trauma Surgery (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Unfallchirurgie - DGU), doctors treat 18,200 to 18,400 severely injured patients in Germany every year:

treat first what kills first – what must be treated first? How can possible consequential damage be avoided? The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) concept suggests standardized procedures for such situations. The training concept is offered for the first time at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE, chaired by Dr. Frithjof Wagner, national course director for ATLS® courses in Germany. The special feature of the course at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE in Düsseldorf is its duration of two-and-a-half instead of just two days – making time for additional exercises. The course also includes a final test for the internationally recognized ATLS® certificate..

Monday, November 14. to Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Course: Advanced Trauma Life Support*
Initial Assessment/first treatment, demonstration
Airway management and ventilation
Analysis of X-ray and thorax images
Thermal injuries
Pediatric trauma
Procedure in case of head and neck injuries

*
The course will additionally be charged and is available for a limited number of participants

Orthopedics and Trauma: Update 2016

In Germany, orthopedists replace 180,000 hip joints with an endoprosthesis each year. With very good long-term results, hip arthroplasty is the most successful orthopedic surgery and helps patients with joint problems to move again without pain. Thanks to new minimally-invasive methods, muscles remain almost undamaged during the intervention, resulting in significantly reduced subsequent rehabilitation. Additional techniques from the fields of orthopedics and trauma surgery are discussed by experts in the symposium Orthopedics and Trauma: Update 2016 at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE.

Monday, November 14, 2016, between 09:00 am and 10:30 am
Orthopedics and Trauma: Update 2016
• Complication management during implant removal of locked and conventional osteosynthesis implants
• Arthroplasty of the hip by a less invasive surgical approach. Does size really matter?
• Surgical procedures of the spine. Bridge over troubled water?

Transplant Medicine – Where Do We Stand?

There is a lack of donor organs all over the world, the waiting lists for patients waiting for liver transplants, for example, are long. Amongst others, an expert from Switzerland reports on the HOPE-Method (HOPE = Hypothermic Oxygenated machine PErfusion) (https://idw-online.de/de/news567199) applied at the University Hospital of Zürich in the symposium “Transplant Medicine: Transplant Medicine – Where Do We Stand?”, chaired by Prof. Dr. jur. Hans Lilie, Halle (Saale). Organ transplant specialists in Switzerland, unlike in Germany, are allowed to remove organs after cardiac arrest under strict legal conditions: they must wait ten minutes from cardiac arrest, before brain death is confirmed and organs are removed. During these ten minutes, organs are neither supplied with oxygen nor cooled, and consequently donor organs for the recipient can be lost in some cases. The HOPE method should counteract this effect by rinsing the donated liver with a cold, oxygen-enriched solution.

Monday, November 14, 2016, between 10:40 pm and 12:00 noon
Transplant Medicine: Transplant Medicine – Where Do We Stand?
• Minimum quantities in transplant medicine
• Studies on machine perfusion in DCD donors and DBD donors
• Quality assurance in transplant medicine

Advances in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering

It´s not just the professionals who are going to compete in the UEFA European Championship starting June 10 - amateur footballers are also afraid of it: a sudden change of direction or stop puts so much pressure on the knee that the result can be a torn ligament, meniscus injury or cartilage damage. The seminar Advances in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE asks the extent to which tissue from the cartilage, the meniscus and further ligaments can already be grown in vitro and transplanted successfully. The symposium “Advances in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering“ will take place at Monday, November 14, 2016 between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm chaired by PD Dr. Julius Gille from the Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein.

Monday, November 14, 2016, between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm

Advances in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering:

  • Cartilage regeneration: from bench to bedside
  • Current concepts in meniscus tissue engineering: fact or fiction?
  • Novel strategies in ligament reconstruction and regeneration

Visceral surgery: Hereditary cancer: Early identification and preventive strategies

Which new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts can be developed on the basis of molecular findings in tumor development and how can these concepts find their way into clinical application? The Hereditary Cancer: Early Identification and Preventive Strategies symposium chaired by Professor Dr. Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Heidelberg, addresses these issues for hereditary visceral cancer diseases. The focus is on early recognition and prevention.

Monday, November 14, 2016, between 02:10 pm and 03:30 pm
Visceral Surgery: Hereditary Cancer: Early Identification and Preventive Strategies
• Prophylactic surgery or chemoprevention?
• Vaccination for microsatellite instable tumors?
• Bedside test – are we there?

The TAVI Story: From Experimental use to Standard Therapy in Ten Years

The minimally invasive, gentle transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is still a relatively recent method of replacing faulty aortic valves using prostheses. Older people and patients who are at risk benefit in particular from this new development in cardiology because open-heart surgery can be avoided. In the symposium, chaired by Professor Dr. Hendrik Treede, director of the University Clinic and Polyclinic for Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Halle (Saale), experts from cardiology and medical technology explain how the TAVI method has become a standard method and the future potential they see in it.

Monday, November 14, 2016, between 02:10 pm and 03:30 pm:
Cardiac Surgery: The TAVI Story: From Experimental Use to Standard Therapy in Ten Years

• Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI): Evidence in 2016
• A glimpse into the future: TAVI use in 2026
• Device development from an engineer‘s view

Tuesday, 16 November 2016

Tuesday addresses Imaging and Interventional Procedures such as magnetic resonance tomography, sonography and interventional stroke treatment. These procedures find application throughout medicine in diagnostics and therapy and are important elements of daily outpatient and inpatient clinical patient care.

Stroke - Diagnosis and Interventional Therapy

Radiology has long been essential part of the diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases. In addition to diagnosis, interventional radiologic treatment is becoming an increasingly important element of patient care, particularly those for those with tumors or vascular diseases. The symposium “Stroke - Diagnosis and Interventional Therapy“, which will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 between 9:00 am and 10:30 am and will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Martin Köhrmann, University Hospital Erlangen, and is dedicated to the technological advances in the field of interventional radiology in the treatment of strokes

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, between 9:00 am and 10:30 am

Stroke - Diagnosis and interventional therapy

  • Current status
  • Technical innovations to improve diagnosis
  • Technical innovations to improve therapy

Gastroenterology: Abdomen Imaging – When, How, Why?

Modern techniques such as CT and MRI revolutionized medical imaging and have long become routine in medical diagnostics. They provide sectional views which can be oriented on all places of space and can be compiled. In this way, complex organs of the abdomen such as the liver or kidney can be examined – inflammation, stones, changes in the intestine or vascular occlusions can be shown precisely. In the symposium “Gastroenterology: Abdominal Imaging – When, How, Why?“, experts discuss the sensible use of imaging procedures and their limits at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, between 02.10 pm and 15:30 pm
Gastroenterology: Abdomen Imaging – When, How, Why?
• Liver diagnostics
• Abdomen CT
• Abdomen MRT

Teleradiology

Unlike other telemedical applications, teleradiology has been a regular component of health care for many years. Smaller hospitals in particular can, at short notice, involve a far away expert in the diagnostics of x-ray images. Teleradiology offers the opportunity to improve health care and gather expertise in places where it is not directly available on-site. The Teleradiology seminar chaired by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Köhler is dedicated to the opportunities and limits of this leading-edge technology.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, between 10:40 am and 12:00 noon
Teleradiology
• Oppotunities and limits of teleradiology
• International teleradiology
• Military use of teleradiology

Cardiology: Innovation and developments in the treatment of cardiac valve disease with live-in-the-box cases: How will we do it?

A small revolution is imminent in Germany for the treatment of leaky mitral valves, one of the most common heart valve failures. The defective mitral valve can now be replaced by a new one by introducing a catheter through the heart apex to place the new mitral valve within the old. This procedure takes place on a beating heart and with very low risk. Following approval from the Federal Ministry of Health, this method may represent a gentle and promising treatment for up to one million people in Germany. Professor Dr med. Hendrik Treede, director at the University Hospital and Outpatient Clinic for Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital in Halle (Saale), will talk about this transapical catheter procedure in mitral insufficiency and the first experiences with it in Germany on the second conference day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, between 12:30 pm and 02:00 pm
Cardiology: Innovation and developments in the treatment of cardiac valve disease with live-in-the-box cases: How will we do it?
• Transapical mitral valve implantation: Procedure and new possibilities
• New mitral valve devices
• Tricuspid valve interventions

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The third conference day, focuses on Internal Medicine: Future Technologies and Remote Patient Management. What does telemedicine mean for chronic diseases such as diabetes? To what extent can digital solutions such as remote monitoring in case of heart failure help the patient to avoid a hospital stay? How can „wearables“ be used for monitoring diseases? Experts will ask themselves these and other questions on Wednesday.

Diabetology & Wearables

They measure the heart rate, count calories and observe sleep – wearables such as the Smartwatch are selling well not only among fitness fanatics. Technology companies also want to capture the market of medicinal products with the portable gadgets. People with diabetes, for instance, could use them as measuring instruments as well as warning systems - in the event of hyperglycemia, for example. But first, all digital aids must achieve the balancing act between the medical benefit and the economic interest of the manufacturer –because quality and data protection are essential when it comes to these products. In the Diabetology & Wearables symposium, experts from the fields of diabetology and medical technology discuss the requirements that must be met by Smartwatch & Co in order to qualify as treatment measures and for which applications they can be applied usefully.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, between 09:00 am and 10:30 am
Diabetology & Wearables

  • Medical apps: how to use them?
  • Tele-diabetology in Germany
  • Mobile health in diabetes

Internal Medicine: Update Hypertension

Since the publication of the SPRINT study last year, there has been a movement in the discussion of target blood pressure values for hypertensive patients. While the European Society of Hypertension has so far made no change to their recommendation, amendments have been made in Canada, for example. One focus of the Internal Medicine: Update Hypertension symposium chaired by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Motz, Karlsburg, addresses the current status of the data following SPRINT.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, between 09:00 am and 10:30 am
Internal Medicine: Update Hypertension
• Hypertension – new data, new target values
• Interventional versus conservative therapy
• Importance of treatment in elderly patients

Nutritional Medicine: Nutrition – Update 2016

Be it superfoods, green smoothies, paleo diet or clean eating: the nutrition topic is currently on everyone’s lips. Besides the food trends, nutritional medicine has been dealing for a long time with the question of what makes a diet healthy – in a preventative sense for patients, but also in case of illness. The symposium “Nutritional Medicine: Nutrition –Update 2016”, chaired by Professor Dr. Christian Löser, Kassel, provides new insights into this.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, between 10:40 am and 12:00 noon

Nutritional Medicine: Nutrition – Update 2016

  • Nutrition as prevention – what can a healthy lifestyle achieve?
  • Nutrigenetics and personalized nutrition
  • Nutrition for tumor patients – modern treatment concepts

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The scientific program of Thursday, the event`s final day looks at Diagnostics in Internal Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, Toxicology and Hygiene. Goal oriented determination of laboratory parameters, correct interpretation and connection to clinical symptoms determine the course of many diseases to a significant extent. In addition, gram-negative and gram-positive pathogens, for example, are an omnipresent interdisciplinary topic of discussion.

Gynecology: Technical aspects of prenatal screening

Prenatal diagnosis can recognize chromosomal disorders such as trisomy 21 or abnormalities of organs, amongst others. Gynecologists usually recommend prenatal diagnosis for patients with so-called risk pregnancies. Until now, reliable diagnosis of chromosomal disorders has only been possible using invasive prenatal methods. In nearly 0.5 percent of the cases, a miscarriage occurs following the intervention. In the Symposium “Gynecology: Technical Aspects of Prenatal Screening“, the chairman Dr. Michael Lutz, Koblenz presents a non-invasive diagnostic test which is based on the sequencing of cell-free fetal DNA from maternal blood. He reports how this test can offer a risk-free alternative to amniocentesis.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, between 12:30 pm and 02:00 pm

Gynecology: Technical aspects of prenatal screening

  • Overview of the cfDNA testing technologies for fetal aneuploidies
  • Detection of fetal trisomy based on quantitative real-time PCR
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using targeted cell free DNA analysis in maternal plasma with microarrays: The Toma lab clinical experience

Groundbreaking Approaches for Infection Control in Healthcare

Groundbreaking Approaches for Infection Control in Healthcare

Thousands of people die every year as a result of nosocomial infections. In addition to antibiotic resistances, non-sterile materials are primarily responsible for the spread of microorganisms among patients. Companies are working intensively on new solutions to contain the spread of germs in hospitals. Some of them, such as antimicrobial implants, are presented by experts in the Groundbreaking Approaches for Infection Control in Healthcare seminar chaired by Prof. Dr. Guggenbichler.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, between 02:10 pm and 03:30 pm
Groundbreaking Approaches for Infection Control in Healthcare

  • Reprocessing of "non-sterile" medical devices
  • Innovative ventilation systems
  • Antimicrobial surface technology

Courses

The interactive and practical examination of a superordinate topic through impulse lectures as well as the practical distribution of theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills form the basis of the engaging courses. The courses utilize "hands-on" approach, thus offering participants ample opportunities for extensive training of the contents learned. Many courses conclude with the acquisition of an internationally recognized certificate (ATLS, ACLS, DEGUM/SGUM/ÖGUM).

* The number of participants is limited. Participation is subjected to a charge and a separate registration is required.

Advanced Trauma Life Support

According to an analysis by the Trauma Registry of the German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU), physicians treat 18,200 to 18,400 severely injured persons in the shock room every year in Germany: Treat first what kills first – what must be treated first? How can potential consequential damages be avoided? The Advanced Trauma Life Support concept (ATLS®) offers a standardized procedure for these decisions. This training concept is offered for the first time at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE, headed by Dr. Frithjof Wagner, national course director for ATLS® courses in Germany. The special feature of the course at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE in Düsseldorf is its duration of two-and-a-half days instead of two days – this allows for additional training units and more exam preparation time. The course includes a final exam for the internationally-recognized ATLS® certificate.

Monday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Advanced Trauma Life Support - ATLS*, i.a.
•    Initial assessment/first treatment, demonstration
•    Airway management and ventilation
•    Analysis of chest X-ray images
•    Pediatric trauma
•    Procedures for head and neck injuries
•    Trauma during pregnancy

*The course* is subjected to an additional charge and is only available for a limited number of participants

Basic Training in Emergency Sonography (DEGUM/SGUM/ÖGUM)

Just as the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE has an interdisciplinary approach, the emergency sonography is also thus oriented: the organizing team is therefore happy to offer participants three transnational basic training sessions according to the curriculum for emergency sonography of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).This course is also located at the right place in Düsseldorf because exhibitors from all countries are presenting their ultrasound innovations at the MEDICA trade fair that is taking place at the same time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Sonography: Basic Training Emergency Sonography (DEGUM/SGUM/ÖGUM)*, i.a.
•    Basics of sonography – physics, artefacts, equipment technology
•    Standard sections in FAST – presentation of normal findings
•    Practical exercises – standard sections in FAST I, “familiarization”, knobology with the ultrasound device
•    Practical exercises – E-FAST standard sections II, gall bladder and bile tracts
•    kidney(stasis) and bladder – cutting planes, normal findings, pathological findings, misinterpretations
•    Practical exercises – leg veins and punctures

*The course* is subjected to an additional charge and is only available for a limited number of participants.

Sonography Refresher Course

In addition to the course in emergency sonography, the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE also offers a Sonography Refresher Course on Tuesday, November 15. It is intended for all colleagues who want to refresh their sonography skills. Ultimately: You can only see what you know.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Sonography: Refresher Course, i.a.
•    Thyroid gland
•    All about the gall bladder
•    The liver from A to Z: focal changes, diffuse changes and portal vein
•    Aorta and deep leg veins
•    Kidney and adrenal gland
•    What makes sense for the gastrointestinal tract
•    What is possible at the thorax?
•    Last but not least, the pancreas
•    Hands-on – practical exercises

Tropical Medicine – Hands-on

From the safari in Kenya to the camping trip in Brazil: around five million Germans travel to far away destinations every year. Clearly, a fear of exotic diseases does not bother them. Almost every tenth long-distance traveler admits that they do not seek special vaccinations for their journey. This often results in unwanted souvenirs: after malaria and diarrheal diseases, hepatitis A is the third most frequent travel infection. In the Tropical Medicine Course, participants will learn the diagnostics for these kinds of souvenirs based on theory and laboratory practice - even when resources are limited

Tuesday, November 17, 2016
Tropical Medicine – Hands-on, i.a.
•    Laboratory diagnostics in countries with limited resources
•    Diagnostics of tropical diseases (malaria, cholera, yellow fever, leprosy, Ebola, intestinal parasitoses)
•    Bilharzia
•    Malaria and tuberculosis diagnostics
•    Introduction to microscopy
•    Practical laboratory course
•    Microscopy of blood and stool parasites

Organisation / Contact Partner

Scientific program

Conference president 2016
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Frantz
Direktor der Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin III
Ernst-Grube-Straße 40, 06120 Halle (Saale)

Conference secretary 2016
Dr. med. Moritz Hundertmark, Assistenzarzt
Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin III
Ernst-Grube-Straße 40, 06120 Halle (Saale)

Contact persons

Conference secretariat 2016
Michaela Jaeger
Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin III
Ernst-Grube-Straße 40, 06120 Halle (Saale)
Tel.: +49 (0)345 557-2846
E-Mail: michaela.jaeger@uk-halle.de

Press office DGIM
Anne-Katrin Döbler, Stephanie Priester
Tel.: +49 (0)711 8931-115 / -605
E-Mail: doebler@medizinkommunikation.org

Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event GmbH
im Aufrtag der Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Conference Management
Nina Dilly
Tel.: + 49 (0)211 4560-984
E-Mail: DillyN-d-cse.de

Joachim Kienzle
Tel.: + 49 (0)211 4560-980
E-Mail: KienzleJ-d-cse.de

Conference President

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Frantz

Foto: Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Frantz
Director of the University Hospital and Policlinic for Internal Medicine III, Ernst-Grube-Straße 40, 06120 Halle