2016 SIGN Conference Group photo

The 15th annual SIGN Conference recently wrapped up. Nearly 150 surgeons from 27 countries gathered to share what they’ve learned about using the SIGN System, trauma surgery, and other insights.

SIGN Conference meeting room

Even before the presentations began, the Signature Center in Richland, Wash., was filled to capacity.

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The theme of the conference was “Voyage of Discovery,” and Dr. Zirkle encouraged everyone to find new ways to look at surgery and think of solutions to problems they face in the surgical theater.

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After each presentation doctors asked questions, which prompted great discussion and helped everyone in the room learn more.

  SAWBONES WORKSHOPimg_2688

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img_2493In the Sawbones sessions, doctors got hands-on training with the SIGN System and newly-designed simulators that help surgeons see what is happening to achieve the “SIGN Feel.” Most of the conversation in these sessions came not from the SIGN Staff or American doctors, but from the surgeons teaching each other tips and tricks they’ve learned.

FAMILY REUNION

img_2819Dr. Steve Olson, President of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, presents the OTA Scholarship winners, Dr. Anthony Maina and Dr. Jun Valera.

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Dr. Steve Schwartz, Director of AOTrauma North America, presents the AO Scholoarship to Dr. Geletaw Tessema.

Each of the award winners gave excellent presentations about how SIGN is helping in their hospitals.

PONSETI WORKSHOP

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The Ponseti method workshop taught doctors how to treat clubfoot in children and prevent lifelong disability.

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We all had some fun at the conference too — and more than just a few selfies were snapped.

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This room feels too empty now. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Comments

  1. What are the dates and location for next year’s (2017) conference?

    Comment by Carol on January 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  2. Hi Carol,

    The 2017 SIGN Conference will be September 21-24 in Richland, Washington.

    Comment by Ryan Smith on February 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

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