24th November to 8th December, 2017
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 involved and 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.
Questions that have arisen with the discontinuation of the laboratory of surgical simulation of Coimbra University Hospital, led last year that the International Meeting had taken place in Funchal and this year, with regard to Coimbra, in the Military Health Center, former Regional Military Hospital. We have therefore to express our deep appreciation to the respective Command, which, recognizing its importance, offered to collaborate with us. Thus, the X International Meeting of Trauma and Emergency Surgery will be held in Viseu and Coimbra. The program, as in previous editions, will include most of the aforementioned courses and workshops.
It will never be emphasized enough that the success of the meeting will largely depend on the cooperation that everyone can give to its disclosure. To everyone, right now, our thanks.
General & Emergency Surgeon at Coimbra University Hospital
President of ALTEC-LATES (http://altec-lates.pt)