imgFirst and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who made time to participate in the APOA Trauma & Infection Meeting 2017.

Trauma forms the most important part of Orthopaedic Surgery. In many ways most of us signed up for orthopaedic training because we were so taken by the biology and mechanics of trauma care. Trauma encompasses all parts of the orthopaedic anatomy and all age ranges, from infants to pensioners. Trauma care often provides the best outcomes for our investment of time and effort. Whereas many of us have moved on from trauma care to other branches of orthopaedic surgery, a large part of our thinking remains rooted in the principles we learned during our training.

Over the years we have come to realise the value of trauma care in the training of young surgeons. In advanced nations, trauma care is a specialty, just like arthroplasty and spinal surgery. It is the intention of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association and the Trauma section to advance the status of trauma care in our region and unify the systems of trauma care so that we may all speak the "same language of trauma". Thus the thrust of the Trauma meeting shall be to reinvigorate our interest in the basics of trauma care whilst also providing a platform for senior surgeons to share their vast experience.

Bone and joint infections are very much related to the history of the formation of the APOA. In the early years of the APOA, the major topics of the day would always include polio and tuberculosis. Fortunately, polio is now almost extinct. Tuberculosis, however, is still rampant in our region and may well be making a comeback. It is joined by other forms of bone and joint infections, some de novo and some iatrogenic. Some are very common and troublesome, such as diabetic foot infections. Others, such as melioidosis, are significant and exotic. The strategy of care is fascinating as it involves the basic sciences of medical microbiology, pharmaco-therapeutics and surgery. Of course, many of the infections we encounter in our major cities are post-traumatic. The synergy of holding a trauma meeting with the infection section was obvious.

This meeting was designed so that we can cover a limited of set of topics greater detail through instructional course lectures and I hope you love the scientific topics well arranged by the organising committee of APOA Trauma & Infection Meeting 2017, led by Dr C. Sankara Kumar and Dr Nicolaas C. Budhiparama.

Once again, thank you for your support for this meeting and we hope to see you again in future APOA conferences.

Dr David Choon Siew Kit
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association

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