Christian Delaunay, President CNP SoFCOT
Paul Bonnevialle, President Academy of Orthopedics and Traumatology
Welcome to SOFCOT 2017
Dear colleagues and friends
This year, 2017, features a change in the administration of our Society, with the appointment of Franck Fitoussi as General Secretary and a new and representative two-person presidency: a private-sector surgeon at the head of CNP-SOFCOT and an academic for the AOT. Two topics are offered for your reflection: obligations, and pragmatism. No doubt the professional obligations to which we are subject, whatever our type of work, are numerous, demanding, complex and sometimes not far from absurd; however, there is no escaping them in our system of officially controlled medicine with its tight administrative regulations. Thus, our professional bodies need to be aware of the obligations that the administration and its agencies can to one degree or another enforce on us: there is always room for negotiation, and the obligations can be adapted to our reality on the ground, modified or indeed combated if need be – but with solid, structured, well thought-out and scientifically irreproachable arguments. An attitude that is not systematically rejectionist can bear fruit: the Administration is sometimes prepared to listen to coherent counter-proposals and take them into account. This is what professional pragmatism means: a response to our governing entities that is adapted to the "real life" of French orthopedic surgeons.
Our organization needs to present its two faces – professional and scientific – in parallel and in osmosis. The scientific role is mainly played by the Academy of Orthopedics. By getting actively involved, each of us, from junior surgeon in training to senior practitioner, should make his or her time, knowledge and experience available and become and/or feel an academic. The scientific year will culminate in our traditional national event: the November Congress, which will take place from Monday 6th (Orthorisq Continuing Professional Development day and instructional courses) to Thursday 9th, with Quebec as our Guest Province. During the preceding months, however, we have many essential scientific invitations: e-learning sessions now enhance our means of personal development and should find their place in our schedules; likewise, the meetings of our various partners and associated societies, reflecting all the facets of our specialty; and, of course, the work of coordination with our many administrative bodies (the ANSM, HAS, DGOS, etc.), specialist scientific societies brought together under the Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM), our trade unions (SNITEM, AFIDEO), paramedical organizations, etc. Orthopedic surgeons should be present everywhere: an empty-chair policy is the worst possible, especially in this troubled period of reform of the training structures for our future colleagues and possible fundamental changes to our health system in this year of the Presidential election.
These are the roles entrusted to the CNP-SoFCOT, a well-structured and fully legitimate professional lobby, representative of the profession as a whole: the quest for consensus is the only effective means of resisting, existing and growing. Unity without uniformity will reinforce the voice of our National Professional Council, giving it maximal efficacy to represent and defend our profession as orthopedic and traumatologic surgeons of whatever type. It's up to us!
We wish you an excellent 2017, for the service of our patients, with all possible personal and professional fulfillment.
March 27, 2017 (midnight)
June 15, 2017
until 1 July
until September 15, included
After October 30, included