10th Annual AANA/SOMOS Course Celebrates Decade of Military Arthroscopic Education
The AANA/SOMOS Course’s inception came about in 2009. Richard K.N. Ryu, M.D., who was AANA’s President at the time, discussed surgical outcomes in the military population with SOMOS Past Presidents and AANA Members Matthew Provencher, M.D., Capt., MC, USNR and John Tokish, M.D., Col., USAF and discussed creating an advanced arthroscopy course focusing on state-of-the-art concepts for their military colleagues.
And so, an additional training opportunity that would later be known as the AANA/SOMOS Course, was born. The two-day intense course, which also features a celebratory dinner, keynote lecture and military quilt presented by Quilts of Valor, combines hands-on cadaver lab training with technique-based lectures dedicated to optimizing care of the “military athlete,” with the focus rotating each year between shoulder and knee.
In addition to two days’ worth of technique-based lectures, expert panels and live demonstrations on shoulder instability, the 2019 course will include a commemorative dinner in honor of its 10th anniversary and keynote speaker Capt. Thomas Chaby, USN (Ret.) a highly decorated U.S. Navy Seal Leader who served for over 20 years. With a career focused on leadership, team effectiveness and performance optimization, Capt. Chaby’s speech will no doubt resonate with both faculty and participants alike.