BOTA Casuistic Joint meetings


28 October 2021 at 20h00

Virtual Meeting
Topic: Complex Trauma Cases
Organizers: Wim Vandesande, Thierry De Baets

Guidelines for Casuistic Joint Meetings


Teaching the management of orthopaedic trauma through case-discussions in Belgium


Submission at and approval by the BOTA board. Published at our website.

Responsible person:

chairperson who is a BOTA member/ can delegates tasks

Subject: Cases

Proposed by the chairperson ( ex. lower limb, upper limb ..)
Primary cases – fracture care
- Complications in fracture care (e.g. non-unions, soft tissue lesions) (optional, depending on each site’s preference)

Type of meeting:

Case discussion session.
Cases submitted to the chairperson by the participants 6 weeks prior to the meeting. The participant should have been actively involved in the case management and still have unanswered questions about: strategy, indication of treatment, timing, , surgical technique, reduction and osteosynthesis, aftercare

Duration (recommended, depending on each site and number of cases):

3 hours (2 sessions), with a break of 20 min - snack
Suggestion: More than 3 hours seems to be to much regarding the concentration capacity of the participants


  • Brief individual introduction of each participant – faculty, BOTA members, staff and assistants – 10min
  • Introduction – 3 min
  • BOTA Presentation - activity, updates, including joint meetings in other departments and the annual BOTA meeting – 5min
  • 2 session 65min each, 20min break


  • Assistants from the host orthopaedic and trauma department
  • Senior orthopaedic surgeons from the host clinic
  • BOTA representatives

Moderators – at least 2

(1 / session of 65 minutes) to enhance the interest of the participants, to avoid monotony, promote sharing multiple perspectives

Experienced orthopaedic and trauma surgeons with teaching experience (at least one BOTA member).
Required skills and behaviours of the ideal facilitator

  • Explain to the participants the meeting agenda and methodology, insist on the active role of each participant during the session
  • Well study and prepare in advance the cases, lead the discussion into the desired direction, to ensure that all cases are presented and discussed in their entirety.
  • Have excellent facilitating skills. Do not talk much, listen with interest, put the right questions, involve participants into discussion.
  • Maintain a respectful environment so that each participant can speak at a time and have the chance to speak, express his opinion, be actively involved during the session.
  • Must give positive feedback to the participants, thank the participants for their contribution to the discussion, take into account every idea, even unusual (the source of progress?)
  • Must respect the time allocated for each case, in that way that every participant has the occasion to present and discuss his own case
  • Must summarize the key learning points at the end of each case.

Do not:

  • Do not give a mini-lecture. This is a discussion based, interactive session.
    The opportunity to present / hear lectures is during the BOTA annual meeting
  • Do not be the centre of attention
  • Do not take decisions for the group
  • Do not set himself up as an authority (which will discourage the participants to discuss, to express their own opinions

Evaluation of the teaching activity:

(1/session of 65 minutes) to enhance the interest of the participants, to avoid monotony, promote sharing multiple perspectives

All the cases will be submitted to the participants before and after the session, with one question/case to be answered (multiple choice questions).A comparison of the before/after responses will be done by the organiser of the session, to allow the assessment of the impact of the respective session. The results can be shared with the participants

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