XI INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY SURGERY
ALTEC-LATES (Associação Lusitana de Trauma e Emergência Cirúrgica or Lusitanian Association for Trauma and Emergency Surgery), with its headquarters in Coimbra, in the center region of Portugal – the heart of the ancient Lusitania –, from which it is the capital, is one of the independent groups in the field of trauma surgery education in Portugal, all represented in the Committee for Emergency Surgery Education of Ordem dos Médicos (CESE-OM), and an institucional member of the European Society for Trauma And Emergency Surgery (ESTES).
Although still young, founded in 2005, ALTEC-LATES has come to play an important role in the field of education in trauma and emergency surgery, not only in Portugal but also in other countries, especially Brazil, having signed in 2015, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary, a twinning agreement with the Brazilian Trauma Society (SBAIT).
ALTEC-LATES members have been responsible since 1999 for TEAM courses for students, ATLS courses for doctors, MRMI courses for doctors and other stakeholders in disaster response, ETC for hospital trauma team members, DSTC, MUSEC and EASC courses for surgeons, DATC for anesthesiologists and DPNTC courses for operating room nurses, always with a strong international faculty.
Issues related to the discontinuation of the laboratory of surgical simulation of Coimbra University Hospital, led to our International Meeting of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (EITCE) to take place, in 2016, in Funchal and, in 2017, in the Military Health Center of Coimbra, former Regional Military Hospital, where we found excellent conditions, so we can nevertheless express our gratitude to both the Regional Government of Madeira and the Portuguese Army.
Taking into account the perspectives of continuity in the Military Health Center of Coimbra, the XI EITCE should follow the same pattern as the previous one, with the schedule to include most of the aforementioned courses and workshops, although there may be some deferral of the various modules, with (at least) the DSTC / DATC / DPNTC block taking place sooner at the beginning of next June.
The success of the XI EITCE will depend in a great way on the collaboration that each one can give to its dissemination, especially the participants in the previous editions. We would like to express our gratitude to all.
General & Emergency Surgeon at Coimbra University Hospital
President of ALTEC-LATES (http://altec-lates.pt)