European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society

Presidential letter

Prof. Jarosław Czubak | EPOS President 2018-2019Dear EPOS Colleagues and friends,

I am extremely honoured to have been elected EPOS President and to serve to EPOS during my presidency term 2018/2019.

I take this opportunity to personally thank the EPOS Past President Darko Anticevic, all the Executive Committee members for their commitment and fruitful work and as well a warm thank you to the EPOS 2018 Annual meeting Local Chair Terje Terjesen and all the Local Committee members for the great work, successfully accomplished.

I also, greatly appreciate the dedication of our Members and want to thank each of you for your continues support and contribution to our Society.

Lastly, I wish a warm welcome to the new EPOS officers, who joined the Executive Committee after the elections during the General Assembly in Oslo, Norway.

Over the past 12 months, EPOS has reached a considerable number of important milestones, in particular the transfer of our Central Office to Switzerland, the engagement of a professional financial adviser, and especially the huge success of 37th EPOS Annual Meeting in Oslo, Norway, which attracted 704 participants from across Europe and worldwide. The quality of the scientific program was evidenced by the Pre-meeting course (277 attendees), and for the first time were held 2 parallel session by the EPOS Study Groups.

It is also worth noting that for 2018 the number of the membership applications is significantly increased. We have received 53 new applications, 33 from our BAT Graduates, and I am pleased to inform you that the Generally Assembly has successfully approved all the applications. Once again Congratulations and Welcome on Board!

EPOS has also been focusing on the education activities, such as: BAT courses, Advanced Course, RCCC.

The upcoming 5th EPOS BAT Instructional Course will take place on October 17-19 October 2018, in Vienna. To follow in November with the Advanced Course in Polytrauma, to be held on 22-23 November 2018 at Speising Hospital in Vienna. I also take this opportunity to inform you that the new EPOS Education Chair Federico Canavese, has set up a three years education plan and will be pleased to share it with you afterwards.

Furthermore, EPOS is continuing its cooperation with POSNA and SLAOTI in organizing a Travelling Fellowship for young paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Every even year EPOS organises a travelling fellowship for three fellows to South America in collaboration with SLAOTI. Every uneven year EPOS organises a travelling fellowship for three fellows to North America in collaboration with POSNA.

Lastly, I am very happy to invite you all to save the dates for our next Annual meeting, 3-6 April 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The EPOS Local Chair, Dror Ovadia and myself are looking forward to welcoming you to Tel Aviv ‘to enjoy a beautiful meeting and a scientific program led by academic excellence’.

Jarosław Czubak
EPOS President
On behalf of the EPOS Executive Committee